In yesterday's post My Not So Secrets of Success, I shared that a valuable exercise is taking a set window of time i.e. two week to a month and tracking where your time goes. By the way that phrasing (if you didn't catch it the first time) is important. "Where your time goes" is a rather passive way of framing the idea. It assumes that for the moment, time is fleeting and you have little control over the where it goes part. And that's the point of the exercise. It's taking an inventory of your time before you decide what activities want to get rid of, keep and even do more of.
What's described above is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to owning your time instead of passing it. The most critical aspect of this exercise is identifying your unique value. It's that space you occupy where you are truly irreplaceable in as a leader, as a partner in a relationship, in the creation of a program and other aspects of your work.
Now you've got a picture of how you're spending your hours today, you can identify where you want to make valuable shifts that provide you with the opportunity to shine. This is the path to truly being of service and making your most valued contribution.