Figuring Out What You Really Value

Today we’re going to wrap up our short series on what you value by looking at creating a weekly schedule that actually reflects what you say you value.

On Tuesday I told you to design your ‘ideal’ week but I didn’t really give you any framework to decide what is the most important thing for you to do in your business.

My default is that the most important thing for you to do each week is be a good husband/wife/father/mother/community member/person and that inside that you need to pay bills so business is part of that. Running a business is not done at the expense of those other things. You should live your eulogy.

Today I’m going to give you a series of questions to answer.  I want you to answer these — not just give them a casual read — because you’re going to change nothing if you don’t do the work.

Let’s work together

  1. What is the single thing that your clients say they appreciate most about you? If you don’t know, email 3 – 5 clients and ask them (then make that question part of your project exit process).
  2. What part of your work do you enjoy the most?
  3. What’s the single thing you need to accomplish each week to say that the week was a success? If it’s “Get ‘X’ client project done,” then your answer would be “Work on client stuff.”
  4. Where do you feel you provide the most value? Does that match up with your answer from question 1?
  5. Write down the most exciting client/project experience you’ve had lately. What was the value to you and the client in that experience?
  6. What is the one thing that you want people to say about you when you’re dead? (it’s likely not that you were a great WordPress developer or designer right) Is that ‘thing’ evident from how you decided to spend your time in the week?
  7. What is the single thing that your family/friends love about you and say that you do well?

Now go back and look at the ideal week you planned. Do the things you put on each day match up with anything above?

If not, why not? How can you modify your ideal week to better match up with your answers?

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