One of the biggest challenges in today’s society is learning how to balance all of the different areas of our lives. A hundred years ago, life seemed simpler because people’s roles seemed more defined. Today, the world is much less predictable. The unspoken expectation is that in order to be a thriving, contributing, happy and successful member of society, we must be multidimensional at work and at home. Within our businesses, we must be able to manage and lead, create relationships with other team members, use technology to communicate, effectively manage costs, and work at lightning speed to stay ahead of the competition.
Similarly, in our personal lives, we must strive to be healthy in body and spirit, while also being a generous partner, an outstanding parent, an effective financier, a romantic lover, a best friend and a community leader. We live in a world where change is the order of the day. The challenge is that we sometimes forget the meaning of the change we’re striving to create.
Change is automatic, but progress is not. We are changing as a society, but are we really progressing in all the areas that matter most? And in our own lives, are we truly making progress in all the areas that are important to us?
Progress is the result of conscious choice. In making these choices, we must think beyond the moment and ask ourselves, “What will this choice ultimately create in my life? Where will it lead? Who will I become as a result?” To ensure you’re making choices that support you, you must first define the areas of life that are important to you and what you want from each one, before you create a plan for your time. Otherwise, how can you create a plan for your time if you don’t have a plan for your life? By doing this, you’ll stay focused on what you want to achieve, so you can experience true balance and efficiency.
These areas are called “Categories of Improvement.” They represent the areas of your life you want to continually focus on, measure and improve. These areas are so important that if they do not improve, the quality of your life will suffer; and conversely, if they do improve, you’ll become more successful and fulfilled than you ever imagined.
Categories of Improvement
1. Physical Health & Vitality
2. Emotional Strength
3. Family & Relationships
4. Financial Freedom
5. Spiritual Growth
6. Community Support
7. Outstanding Career
EXAMPLE: Time & Life Action Plan
1. What areas of your life are changing—but not progressing?
2. What are your main Categories of Improvement for your life? (see example above)
3. What are 1-2 results you are committed to achieve in each of your Categories of Improvement (i.e. “Lose 10lbs and keep it off” under the Category “Physical Health & Vitality”)?
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