In general, and even if I did not compete, I am a huge advocate of keeping a total: your own current records on the squat, dead lift, bench, and if you want and since it is 5-3-1, add in the press - all added together. To gage progress, see if your "total" increased - just like at a meet.
My bench progresses at a snail's pace - regresses - improves more - rinse and re-apply. My point is It is not linear or formulaic.
However, when my bench is in rehab, my squats and deads are usually moving. The lifts actually take turns improving.
And since the squat and deads move at a more dramatic rate, as long as I am not getting weaker on the bench - thinking big picture - I, as an athlete measuring total performance - am getting better and stronger.