Just Checking…


One of the most important parts of managing any project at work is monitoring progress.

I’m sure you’ve had an experience at work when you thought a particular project or task was at a particular stage and being done by somebody else or another department. And then you checked on how things were going…and found nothing was done.

It had got pushed down the queue. Or worse, the request had got lost. The simple act of just checking was what got it back on track. Familiar?

As you’d probably know, goal setting experts consistently say that if you have a goal with specific details that you can measure your progress against, and you monitor your progress regularly, you’ll be more likely to achieve what you set out to do.

Monitoring is key to achieving wellbeing

The same principle applies for achieving high levels of health and wellbeing – you need to monitor your progress to check that you’re achieving what you want.

You’re clearly interested in your wellbeing since you’re reading this. So how’s your physical health? Have you checked lately or are you assuming that you’re doing okay?

Recently I had a series of blood tests done. I got the results back this week and a number of tests have come back considerably outside of normal ranges. And while I’m waiting to see the doctor later this week before I start getting concerned, it has surprised me.

Your feelings are not the whole story

It goes to show that when it comes to physical health, your feelings are one indicator but not the whole story. They’re not an objective measure. There aren’t many objective measures when it comes to wellbeing since most assessments rely on self-ratings, ie how you feel about a certain aspect of your life.

However, with physical health, there are many objective measures – blood tests, body mass, fitness levels and the list goes on. So if you want to achieve good levels of health and wellbeing, it’s important to use those measures to monitor your progress. Don’t expect everything to be okay simply because you’re doing the right things and feel alright.

No alarm, just regular checking

Of course I don’t want to be alarmist or for you to become hyper-vigilant about your health. I simply want to encourage you to monitor your health regularly. Just keep checking periodically. And also ask your loved ones, particularly parents and siblings, if they’re regularly checking on their health too.

With busy work and home schedules, non-urgent tasks like getting health checks can easily slip down the priority list. You’d monitor the progress of tasks or projects at work as a matter of routine. Do try to make sure you look after your own health and wellbeing progress in the same way.

Action Steps

1. When was the last time you had a complete health check?  Do you have any periodic tests that are overdue?  If you’re due for a health check, why not pick up the phone and arrange one this week?

2. What are your biggest challenges in looking after your health and wellbeing?

What can you do today to get started?