Yesterday we spoke about shackles and what is holding you back and possibly holding you down. For some it’s very simple to recognize what needs to go and what needs to come into our life to make a radical and positive change. Sometimes, it’s not that easy when reflecting back onto ourselves.
Sometimes when you want a little more clarity, I use a tool called the Activity Inventory, This is based off of Strategic coach and was a tool we used to gain insight into what Dan Sullivan calls our Unique Ability. Today, we’re going to use the same premise, but in order to have a better understanding of what we should be doing more of and what we should eliminate (subtract) from our day-to-day lives.
It’s very simple. Start with a sheet of paper. Any paper will do. I like one with faint lines, but that is merely to keep me on-track as my handwriting can get a tad messy. All you need to do is write down everything you do in a day. You can sit down in the morning and power through the entire list with a cup of coffee. Or, you can take the sheet with you all week, and write things down as they occur. It should be anything that you do on a daily basis.
Easy enough, right?
From there, I personally take 3 highlighters.
Color #1: I highlight all activities that bring me joy an energy
Color #2: Next, I highlight all things that do not bring me joy and take away energy
Color #3: Everything that’s left becomes this third option
From there it is easy to see what you should do more of, and it’s very easy to prioritize what you should remove from your day-to-day or allocate to someone else. If you look at the activities that bring you energy and joy, you might find there is a key piece that you are not doing yet. That is what you should add to your list.
I hope that helps and I use this sheet a lot with folks that I work with and I hope it helps you as well.
Have a beautiful Tuesday and look forward to seeing you tomorrow.