What do you believe is important? This invaluable piece of advice can make a world of difference in your life experience.
If you are interested in amping up your productivity in your job or career, don’t overlook one foundational component of fulfillment… your values!
We all have values.
These are the things we consider important for our self-satisfaction and fulfillment. The question is, do we really live those values?
It’s easy to post a plaque on the wall of your office with a mission statement or set of values.
The unfortunate truth is that most of us get so busy with other things that the most important ones often end up languishing at the bottom of our to-do list.
If you really want to live your values, use this one simple self-management tool:
Put activities that reflect your values on your weekly schedule.
When you are a busy entrepreneur or executive with a personal life, it’s the best way (sometimes the only way) to make sure your values are actually something you live by.
If you value health and physical fitness, have time set aside for exercise on your calendar. Take into account the time required to prepare and eat healthy meals when planning your daily tasks.
If you value time with your family, make time for it in your weekly schedule.
Prioritizing the things you value will help your productivity in the long run.
Trudging along with all the things you have to do, and leaving no room for activities that feed your soul is a recipe for burnout. And, when you take time to feed your soul, you come back to work with a refreshed, productive mindset. You get more done in less time.
Not honoring your values generally means sacrificing balance in your life, and, eventually, sanity.
Time is not the commodity to be managed here.
This is a self-management issue. If it is important to you, it needs to be on your schedule. Make your values an integral part of your daily or weekly operations and systems. You’ll be happy you made the effort!
If you feel overwhelmed and you continue to sacrifice your values for work, I can help you get back to a place of balance and sanity. Peruse the best advice section at internalgroove.com. If you’d like to delve deeper, consider a free one-on-one consultation with me. Your values must be lived!