“Sometimes success is defined in terms of making progress toward strategic goals, but often success is simply the repeated, periodic achievement of some levels of operational goal (e.g. zero defects, 10/10 customer satisfaction, etc.).” – KPI definition via Wikipedia
KPIs normally apply to manufacturing, business processes, marketing, supply, IT etc…. but it’s worth considering a few things away from work.
I suggest you try and avoid taking the fun out of life by relentlessly tracking and monitoring everything you do (unless that particularly excites you), but you have a think over a cup of coffee you might find you have a few KPIs of your own.
Odd as it may seem, I know that if I start neglecting the basil plants on my kitchen windowsill then there’s probably something I’m worrying about which needs dealing with.
My mind, in other words is distracted.
There are of course hundreds of tiny indicators you’re not quite yourself. It could be the length of time you can concentrate for; when you last exercised; how you feel when the phone rings; if your kitchen sink is clean – anything. As with most problems, the earlier you spot them the better.
Training yourself to be aware of little things like this, instead of drifting through your day is a valuable way of starting to understand what makes you happy, what you worry about, when you need to step back and deal with something.
The next step, of course, is working out what the problem is…