What gets measured gets done. You may be familiar with this term – it’s not from any psychological textbook or research paper (thatI’m aware of) but rather it was said by management expert, Peter Drucker. What Drucker is referring to, is that a business which measures profit, or sales volume, is more likely to take the steps required to improve these areas. Of course, this makes sense: how can you make decisions to improve customer satisfaction, if you don’t know whether your customers are satisfied? You may be wondering how this links to psychological wellbeing -the point is, looking after others is all well and good, but we don’t often give ourselves this same treatment. Do you know what percentage of the time you’re happy? My guess would be no, but now that you’re here, perhaps you’re interested in changing that.
Taking The First Step
The first step to improving psychological wellbeing, from any level, is moving closer to self-awareness. You’ve taken that step by downloading this app, and another by actually using it and finding this blog, so well done. If we spend a little time trying to understand when we’re up and when we’re down, then perhaps later we can begin to understand the triggers that lead us there. This isn’t easy, no habit is, and be sure regularly writing down how you’re feeling is a habit (not all habits are bad). When you’re up, you may feel that you don’t need to write it so, and when you’re down, you may not feel like writing it at all – this is the second step: overcoming these feeling and making a note anyway. Not many people would argue that we live in a data-driven world, so think about starting to collect some of your own data, about you. After all, whether you want to hear it or not, what gets measured gets done.
Future versions of this blog will focus on general mental health and wellbeing, and the steps that can be taken to move toward improving these. I promise that no false promises will be made and we won’t be discussing any panaceas. However, if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts, as a trained psychologist, about some ultimately basic but important wellbeing practices, then check back soon.