This past month, I had the pleasure of coaching a busy professional who had recently gone into business for herself. She was enjoying the newfound freedom that her schedule offered, but was overwhelmed by having to do it all: bookkeeping, marketing, social media, building a website, not to mention the actual service that she was providing her clients.
She seemed overwhelmed and exhausted…
To provide her with greater clarity, we developed a personal scorecard of where she was spending her time and to ultimately determine what shift she needed to make for herself and her sanity!
The first step was to log her hours. For a week, she recorded each task and the associated time that it took to complete that task.
Secondly, we had her draw three columns beside her tasks and label them strengths, values, and passion.
Next, she gave herself a score from 1 to 10 for each of those related tasks. 1 being not aligned and 10 being perfectly aligned.
One of the things that I’ve learned about leaders is that those who are in alignment with their strengths, values, and passions are more likely to feel fulfilled in their career. So, in other words, what’s my competency with that task? How important is to me? And how much do I love it?
After she saw her scores on the page, it was amazing how quickly she identified what needed to change. Those tasks where she scored low, she decided to delegate or delete from her schedule.
I challenge you to complete your own personal score sheet and see what it illuminates.
What lights up your day?
What depletes you?
You may be surprised how easy it is to design a day that you absolutely love. If you feel a little stuck or need a thinking partner, give us a call.