The phrase, “what gets measured, gets done,” has been attributed to Michael Porter, a professor at Harvard Business School. I have also seen the statement, “what gets measured, gets improved,” attributed to Peter Drucker. No matter who said it, the concept is well recognized.
I received a FitBit as a gift, and like millions of people, I have become more conscious of my daily steps as a result. The FitBit measures my activity, and as a result, I have become more intentional at taking the flight of stairs, going for a walk around the office during regular intervals, or getting on the treadmill, all in the name of getting my steps in each day.
I have found myself wondering if the steps count if I am not wearing the FitBit, which is kind of silly. The activity is still occurring, but it takes on greater relevancy when it is also measured. So as a result of measuring, I have become more active and I also have a better sense when I am achieving my goals. Of course, just owning the FitBit does no good if I don’t wear it every day or if I ignore the incentive to take more steps. It is the combination of measuring and taking action that will provide the best result.