Question marksThis one will be short and sweet (after two weeks of “lengthier” ones). I highly encourage you to print this out and post it – maybe even in several places. Some of these are questions to ask of yourself and others are to be asked of others.

  1. Does this _______ (activity, task, job, responsibility, commitment) fit with my goals?
  2. Does this _______ (activity, task, job, responsibility, commitment) draw on my strengths?
  3. Does this _______ (activity, task, job, responsibility, commitment) energize me?
  4. Does this _______ (activity, task, job, responsibility, commitment) make a contribution to my organization, my community, my life, the world (or whatever the right scope is)?
  5. Am I the only person who can do this _______ (activity, task, job, responsibility, commitment)?
  6. Why are you asking me to take on this _______ (activity, task, job, responsibility, commitment)?
  7. Do I care about the person who is asking me to do this _______ (activity, task, job, responsibility, commitment)?
  8. Do I have the time to do this _______ (activity, task, job, responsibility, commitment)?
  9. Do I have the skills (or am I interested in acquiring the skills) to do this _______ (activity, task, job, responsibility, commitment)?
  10. If I do this _______ (activity, task, job, responsibility, commitment) what will I *not* be doing or what will it take the place of?

I’m a “big pie” kind of person, i.e., the sense that we need to think about how to make the pie bigger for everyone vs. worrying that if someone else gets a slice of the pie, then there will be less for me.

On the other hand, in terms of hours in a week, weeks in a year, and years in your life, it is a zero sum game. If you’re doing X, then you’re not doing Y or Z. Be thoughtful, strategic, and prudent about what you say yes to. Use these questions for yourself and also ask them of yourself before giving a task or responsibility to someone else. Share the list and the wisdom.

ATP_v3And to help you manage your time and commitments, you will want to access the teleseminar, ATP: Available to Promise How much time & energy (truthfully) do you have ‘available to promise’?, available for immediate download.