Are you competitive?
If you are – even a little bit – just asking the question should trigger something in you.
If you can recall a time in your life when a little competition was all you needed to get transformative results with a particular challenge, you know how motivating it can be.
And that’s where scorecards come in.
A scorecard is exactly what it sounds like: a visual medium for keeping score. It’s a way to hold yourself accountable and a handy record for tracking your progress daily, week-to-week, and so on.
You don’t even need to compete with anyone but yourself to reap the full benefits of keeping a scorecard. If you’re competitive, you can easily use your current score as your competition and your starting point.
And if you can look at your life and see areas needing improvement (and who can’t?), keeping a scorecard can change everything.
Common uses for a scorecard
I’m betting you can think of at least three common uses for a scorecard, some of which you’ve probably used at some point:
- Progress with strength training or athletic performance
- Tracking improvements in body composition and daily nutrition
- Academic performance or progress toward a particular educational goal
- Work performance (e.g., number of appointments set each week)
- Daily language learning (with apps like Duolingo, Babbel, etc.)
One of the most obvious and effective uses for a scorecard is for your business. When I started in real estate, it was all about listings. My one scorecard was the number of listings under my name on the MLS. I was obsessed with getting that number higher and higher.
I recently had an agent working under me who told me he’d closed his 100th deal. He knew that because he’d been tracking his scorecard each and every day – looking at our Sisu dashboard and using that as his motivation. Every day, between every milestone, he looked at the score and aimed to add a bit more to it.
I also look at my team’s dashboard every day – sometimes two or three times daily – because I’m ultra-compulsive about checking our scores. It keeps me accountable and motivated.
It’s a daily check-in and a daily kick in the pants.
What can a scorecard do for your daily routines?
My biggest tactic lately involving a scorecard is cleaning up my nighttime routine.
You might not think a scorecard would have anything to do with getting a good night’s sleep. But that’s an area of my life that needed improvement.
A month or two ago, I got an Oura ring, which I wear every night, and it’s been a game-changer because it not only tracks my sleep down to the minute, it gives me a scorecard to work with.
I see the data on that scorecard, and I get competitive about getting good sleep and the right amount. And that means taking a closer look at my nighttime routine and any changes I make to it. I’m more motivated to give up certain things to see the results I want.
That one scorecard has made a massive difference in the amount and quality of my sleep, which naturally affects my performance during the day.
You can also use scorecards to level up your morning routine. For instance, how many days each week will you dial in to the 5AM Call?
Using scorecards to level up any area of your life
Scorecards work for anything you need to work on in your life – from work performance to health and fitness to progress with a personal milestone.
For entrepreneurs, a scorecard helps them stay accountable to their goals for the business. Books like Traction by Gino Wickman talk about L10 meetings. L10 meetings are, essentially, scorecards for business teams.
Look at any area of your life that needs improvement and find a way to implement a scorecard, even if there’s no obvious way to do it.
What area of your life could improve if you started keeping score?