Friday, November 21, 2008

40 Days Left - Time to Take Stock

View Julie Christiansen's profile on LinkedInThere are only 40 days left in our 80 Day Challenge. Are you still with me?

This time, I want to turn your attention to a great little exercise that will help you to begin planning out your 2009 year with purpose. I first began doing this at the end of each year, about three years ago after I had worked like a dog all year, with very little to show for it financially or emotionally in the end. I wish I could remember where I first heard of this exercise - I want to say I learned it from one of my colleagues from back in the day when I worked for Pryor Resources Inc., but in truth I can't be sure.

In any case, the exercise works like this. Draw a T quadrant on a sheet of paper (you may need more than one sheet) - an example is here for you to look at. In each quadrant, you will place a different heading:

1. What was FUN and made me money

2. What was NOT FUN and made me money

3. What was FUN and didn't make me money

4. What was NOT FUN and didn't make me money

Go back over your year. What tasks or projects did you participate in? Were they fun? Were they lucrative? What was not fun at all, but was seemingly necessary in order for you to earn a living? What was incredibly fun - that you would do again for NO PAY?

Prioritize your 2009 plans accordingly. For me, there were some things I did in 2008 that were amazing FUN, but didn't make me any money - this time. I already know what needs to be done differently, and the wheels are already in motion to make this fun time a profitable one as well. There were some things I did for free because I believe in the value I can bring to the process (e.g. teaching self-esteem programs in the schools, participating in the National Bullying Awareness Week, etc.), and others that were strategic marketing efforts. I balance that out with several projects that are also fun and profitable, so that I can be fiscally responsible to my company and to my family.

What makes the difference for me is going through the annual (and sometimes quarterly) process of evaluating what I'm doing, asking if it is working, and making adjustments as needed. I find myself doing less and less of the stuff that is just NO FUN at all - and spending more time doing what I am most passionate about and having a blast doing it.

When you complete your quadrant, pay close attention to those things that you want to do more of, and begin asking, "What can I do differently to ensure that I am filling more of my time with the FUN and PROFITABLE activities?" Focus on what you want - because energy flows where the attention goes.

I want to hear about your breakthroughs as you go through the 80 day challenge! And guess what - starting in January, we will begin another process to keep us all in forward motion. I encourage you to stick with me on this journey.

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