Refocus on What *Really* Matters to You

Are you devoting your time and energy to what really matters to you? If not, you may be taking on obligations that are siphoning precious resources away from your deepest convictions.

To regain control over your life, list your values -- the things that matter most to you -- in specific language. For example, instead of writing "Money," write "Providing financial security for my family" or "Earning enough to retire early." Identify 5-10 values. Then track how much time and energy you're devoting to each. If you're shortchanging some values, correct the balance by breaking old commitments and forging new ones.

Today's Management Tip of the Day was adapted from the HBR article, "Do Your Commitments Match Your Convictions?," by Donald N. Sull and Dominic Houlder.

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  August 19, 2008; 9:05 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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