Other than a feeling how do we really know if what we did was worth it? Do we look back upon a completed project and give it a grade of worthiness? If we did, would a trend emerge as to which projects are worthy and which are not?
Was It Worth It?
To be very honest about my own personal and professional projects, about all I have to tell me if one was worth more than another is a good feeling, a bad feeling (relief), or money.
So, with more than a little trepidation and fear I started using the Was It Worth It app on my iPhone a few weeks ago. Hey, it was free, so why not?
Was It Worth It is actually quite good at tracking your projects, but not from a project management standpoint.
All it tracks is your ratings for each project on a satisfaction scale. Whatever you do, simply enter it into Was It Worth It, and give it a rating using the simple slider bars.
It doesn’t take long for projects to line up so you can see which ones gave you satisfaction (on three criteria) and which ones did not.
Projects are rated using a slider bar for each of three criteria– fun, knowledge, money, delineated by color.
Simple enough, right?
Fun is colored coded as orange, knowledge is blue, and money, of course, is green.
One tap reveals all your recent projects and their ratings, though you can also sort by type and date. The results, especially over time, are revealing, and give you a quick glance at what makes you feel good (fun), what gives you more money, and the value of knowledge gained.
Was It Worth It is simple to setup and use, but as with any tracking app it requires a measure of discipline and diligence to be effective.
If you simply want or need a new perspective on what you’ve been doing with your life, Was It Worth It is a good way to start and you can’t beat the price. I’d like to see an expansion in the categories, or at least make them customizable, but otherwise this is a pleasantly revealing and useful app.