Your Highest and Best
To help you clarify what your specific highest-value activities are so that you can readily select the best possible ‘5 Before Noon’ activities, we have created one final tool for engaging, called “Your Highest and Best.”
Completing this one-page worksheet will rapidly help you turn the corner from slogging through your day feeling bored and frustrated to being engaged, creative, and productive.
All high-value activities point toward the bigger picture. Learning how to focus on your high-value activities is a four-step process:
Write down what you love to do at work, at home, in your hobbies. What do you really enjoy doing?
Validate your strengths. What comes easily for you? Your goal is to spend the bulk of your time on what you do best.
Based on what you enjoy doing and are good at, write down your highest-value activities. Answer this question: if I were living my ideal life, how would I spend my time each day?
Clearly define for the outcome. How would you benefit if you focused your time and energy on doing your highest-value activities?
The reality is that if you intentionally planned your day, spending the bulk of it on these activities, your life could change overnight—and it would change forever.
Take a few minutes now to fill out the Highest and Best Activities Worksheet.
Once you have clearly identified your highest and best activities, you will truly begin to see their worth.
What are my personal strengths and talents?
What do I love about my work?
What are my highest-value activities?
How do I want to be rewarded in life?
Weekly Progress Report
The Weekly Progress Report is a tracking report.
This project management worksheet allows for self-correction. At the end of each week you can use this project management tool to measure the progress of your actions and compare your progress to your goals.
Ask: What has worked best this week?
· Do you need to make adjustments to your goals?
· What are your action steps for the next week?
· What are your goals and deadlines for the next week?
A friend made a great analogy, “When the space shuttle takes off and heads towards its destination, the shuttle is headed in the right direction, but it is never on target. Instead the computers are “self-correcting” and realigning the trajectory of the flight.”
Home life and work life are similar. Reaching your goals and dreams require self-correction. Self-correction is a higher level skill. Errors and mistakes are unavoidable, but the higher level thinker embraces this risk. The difference between success and failure is how long it takes you to recognize your mistakes and recalibrate your life back onto the correct path leading toward your goals.
The only true way to prioritise what is most important to you is to rank what you value in a numerical list.
Lets begin reconnecting with your priorities in life.
The priorities worksheet lists 75 personal values.
Scan the list and circle or check the ones that speak to you. Some words will stand out more than others.
Then, at the bottom of the page, prioritise your top 10 personal values by ranking them. Once you have ranked your personal values, stop and reflect on how you spend your time and money.
Are your daily choices lining up with what you really believe to be most important in your life?
The prioritise worksheet will help you determine your Priorities. Take the time to review the list and mark the ones that are the most important in your life.
Live a life in harmony and joy by aligning your daily choices with your priorities using this life management worksheet.
90 Day Personal Goals Worksheet
This incredible tool will revamp your motivation.
Use the following 90 Day Personal Goals Worksheet to write down what you will focus your attention on.
The neurological effect you experience when actually writing down your personal goals is so powerful that they not only motivate you to action but bring a burst of excitement even as you write them down.
The pursuit of meaningful personal goals is another solution for creating a meaningful life. Discover that joy by using this simple worksheet.
Your purpose tells you what you want to do with your life and how you want to use your gifts and talents.
Your goals help you define your objectives and clarify the steps you need to take to accomplish your purpose. When you have clarified your goals in life, you will be one step closer to fulfilling your purpose. Goals can be personal or professional, tiny or grand, achieved tomorrow or within 90 days. They may even be aimed at leaving a legacy beyond your lifetime.
Brian Tracy encourages readers to do three things:
Make plans to achieve your goals. For every written goal, you need to determine three or four or five specific actions that will help you reach that goal.
Work on those plans every day. Most goals cannot be achieved by sporadic and occasional effort but require daily attention and action.
Get It Done - Top 5 Before Noon
A Five Before Noon list is a written prioritised list of the five highest-value activities that you commit to starting and completely finishing before 12:00 a.m the next day.
This plan works best if you write your list before you leave work, so you are prepared to get started when you arrive at work the next day. That way, you know exactly where to start to get the most important things done first. The power of having a daily written
Plan of action cannot be overstated. Businesspeople live in a constant state of reaction. Time management is not a matter of not having enough time. It is a function of deciding how you choose to spend your time. Interruption and distraction happen to all of us; how you choose to let them into your daily work schedule will determine your success.
Having a WRITTEN daily plan of action is much different than having a MENTAL plan of action. It is far too easy to say you will do something and let that thought cross your mind as you are driving to work. It is something entirely different to make it a point to create a written plan of action.
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