I spend a good deal of time listening to and talking with people who love their jobs. They are committed, driven, and ambitious, but there is something that is hindering their success. I have noticed that the thing so many people in this position lack in their lives is margin. Creating margin is so important to investing in yourself and in success. Do you lack margin in your life? Here are a few ways to tell.
- The job seems to get bigger and more demanding every day.
- There always seems to be more on your plate than time in the day.
- When you go home, your mind is constantly racing with the things you still need to do at work.
- You often find yourself staying at the office much later than you are supposed to in an effort to get things done.
What did I get done today?This is a moment to celebrate your accomplishments. You worked hard all day, so be sure to acknowledge and celebrate what you were able to get done.
What did I not get done today?This is an important moment because you have the chance to identify the specific things that remain on your agenda. Take this chance to prioritize and assess your upcoming responsibilities.
Why did it not get done?Accountability is important. Be honest with yourself. Did you just run out of time? Did you take a long lunch or spend too much time reading Buzzfeed articles? Figure out what happened so it doesn’t happen again tomorrow.
What am I going to do tomorrow?Make a new agenda for tomorrow. I use the app Wunderlist to manage my to-do list and it makes a huge difference. Whatever you use, make sure you are able to write it down and plan out your day. This is an exercise in accountability. Write out your agenda and then leave it alone until tomorrow.