Quantifying helps. Anything that can be quantified makes more sense, especially by removing any perceptions and irrationalities that we all have. Things that can not be quantified are the ones we find complicated. Anything that can be fit in equations starts making complete sense - Quantum physics to Relativity to rocket designs. We begin to see through it, no matter how counterintuitive. Things that can not be quantified remain entangled. Think about such things all around you.
When some doctors started using a model to predict disease, they found that the model designed by the same doctors performed better than any of the doctors. The stories and essays can be understood in the way we want, and the way our mind works, we always construct and remember a filtered version of most things.
I read books. Every weekday in my small commute to work. Sometimes as less as 5 pages but without a miss. I kept track of all the books that I read since July 2010.. and that's 162 in almost 9 years. I didn't include technical books, which would easily be more than a dozen. That's 18 books a year or 1.5 per month. That's not a lot but ... that's really a lot given I do not spend any time other than my little commute time to read these books! And only one thing helped - consistency. I do not miss to open my book when I am on a train. Bund bund se Ghada bharta hai but to get a perspective, you need to quantify.
Quantifying it gives more meaning… well, I think I should spend more time on books. I wish I had a track of movies and maybe places traveled. Places traveled with dates are now stored with photos apps, but movies - the stage I am with movies is - I do not find any good movies left to watch, and I don't know how many per month it would be. In the last 15 years, I must have watched around more than 2000 movies.