I really didn’t think I could do it.
A friend challenged us to take a #StatSabbatical a few weeks ago. Then she totally called me out on social media and bullied me into going for it.
So typical of Christa Hutchins, owner of Do A New Thing coaching, to dare others into establishing great habits.
The idea was to quit looking at your blog analytics and statistics completely for one week.
Seven. Whole. Days.
Sometimes I don’t even go seven minutes without assessing my views and visitors.
Which is crazy because, let’s be real, there just isn’t that much to check. To be fair, I have noticed an upward trend lately (thanks to all of you reading this!). But still, it doesn’t require higher math to calculate my stats. My 7 year old could probably manage just fine.
But that can be such drudgery. Sure it is encouraging when the numbers start to creep up. But when they plummet, it can be downright painful. Yet I was caught in this constant and crazy compulsion to see how many people were reading my blog at any given minute. I was allowing the numbers to dictate my direction. I know, I’m a MESS!
It was more than just a numbers game, it was a heart issue. In reality, I was failing to trust God with my request to help me grow My Messy Desk community.
I’m not gonna lie. The first day was pretty rough. I think my hands may have been twitching a little, just hovering over the button that would reveal how many people had visited my blog in the last hour. In an effort to distract myself, I took Christa’s advice and worked on a couple of tasks I’d been putting off that might actually improve my blog.
By the middle of the second day, after my withdrawal symptoms subsided, I made a startling observation. I had been more productive in those few hours than I had been in a long time.
My fingers were free to type and create. My mind was free to dream and plan. My soul was free to trust God with the details. My ego was free from the need for approval from man (at least in this small corner of my life).
Once I untangled myself from the statistics, I was free to be and do what God has called me to.
We get ensnared by the numbers in other areas of our lives, too. Ones in the bank and on the scale. On the clock and at the party. In the grade book and on the treadmill.
We are all looking to make measurable improvements in our lives, but on the road to becoming MASTERPIECES, it’s more important to track trends than watch the play by play. It’s the big picture that matters, not every tiny brush stroke. Sure those accumulate to create the whole, but by themselves they have little meaning. In fact focusing on them for too long can make us lose sight of the real progress we are making and steal valuable time better spent working on our goals.
Instead of looking to see where you are each minute, invest that time in making changes that will get you where you want to go. Looking back at how far you’ve come will ultimately be more encouraging than agonizing over every single step and mis-step.
Focus on productivity and trust God with the progress.
What progress in your life are you maniacally managing? Share one small change you could implement that might improve your productivity.
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