𝗪𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻’𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹, 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲. When I start coaching a leader the first thing I do is ask them to send me a screenshot of their schedule. Your diary is a reflection of how focused you are and what you are focused on.
▶️Are you trying to please everyone?
▶️Are you focused on the vital few activities that will make the biggest difference?
▶️Is your time at the mercy of other people priorities?
▶️Are you blocking time off to get the most important things done?
▶️Is your time consumed by trivia?
▶️Is your day just a blur of transactional meetings?
You can quickly see the trade-offs that someone is making with their time. You can even see if someone is trading in their wellbeing for their job. Making trade-offs is not a negative thing. They are an integral part of making sound business decisions and an inherent part of life. However, many people make their trade-offs unconsciously and allow themselves to be buffeted and influenced by the different forces around them. Making trade-offs is a skill to be developed by making them strategically, deliberately, carefully and most importantly, regularly.
By being aware of the trade-offs we’re making with our time and focus we start to have more control over our lives.
If you look at your schedule – what trade-offs does it show you are making?