I think a lot of people probably wrestle everyday with the big picture of what they do. I’m sure a lot of people are doing things they don’t particularly like doing. I’m sure they would rather spend their time figuring out how to do something they’ve been looking to learn. They would like to take something they’ve mastered and create something completely new with their skills and passion. With my colleagues, I’ve started to coach and mentor them using a matrix to help them visualize their goals and objectives and see how they can grow and increase their excitement for what they do.
I don’t have a name for it yet, but the idea is this:
- Spend most of your time innovating. This is where you derive the most pleasure and generate the most value.
- As a close second, spend lots of time investing in yourself. Go learn a new language. Pick the guitar back up again. Fix your finances. The goal is to make your investments worth innovating around. Items from the bottom right should migrate to the top right.
Now, that should take up 99% of your time. But there are still other things you own or are your responsibility. The goal is to begin marginalizing these things.
- Delegate the things that you no longer enjoy doing. These things may be things that were once in the upper right and that you’ve innovated around, but now are less invested in. Whatever time you invest in these areas should be to teach and inspire others to carry the torch.
- Divest yourself of things that really don’t do anything for you. If you’ve honestly tried something, given it your all, and separated yourself from your lizard brain and the task at hand and can sleep well at night saying “I don’t want to do it and I can’t figure out how” then you should eliminate these things from your radar.
By taking this approach, you maximize the time you spend creating value either for yourself or others. You can flex your mind around the crafts and arts that matter to you, and spend less time on menial or non-important things that are ultimately diversions or distractions from what really matters.