Develop a personal feedback system

When you’re ready to make personal improvements, start with self-reflection, then track your progress with a personal feedback system, Sarah Chang writes.

• Get quantitative. Give yourself a numerical rating on a scale of 1 to 10 after each day or week, for whatever you’re trying to improve. If you’re not at a 10, reflect on what you could have done differently.

• Make your feedback clear. Attaching a number to an intangible experience makes it easier to address and easier to understand the improvements that need to be made.

• Be consistent. Consistently ranking yourself and your performance helps to continuously fine-tune areas that need improvement.

— Adapted from “The Easy Secret to Making Yourself Better at Anything,” Sarah Chang, The Muse.

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