Virtually every accountant maintains some type of to-do list, whether it's as simple as a few notes on a page or a comprehensive electronic system. To-do lists, as nearly everyone knows, have high utility — the items on the list are constant reminders as to what we want or choose to get done.
How often, however, do you compose a to-be list containing a roster of the characteristics and traits that you'd like to attain, develop, or improve upon?
Disarming and Enervating
Considering who and what you'd like to be can, at first, be disarming. After all, few people fixate on what they want to become as opposed to what they need to do. Most professionals proceed directly to listing the projects and tasks that will help them to accomplish specific goals.
Most times the goals are work-related but often they are personal in nature as well. Yet, without identifying and acknowledging who you want to be, you can miss the forest for the trees: Periodically it’s vital to make the cerebral link between the tasks that we accomplish and the roles and positions to which we aspire.
When you produce a to-be list you help to put in motion an array of behaviors and activities that will increase your probability of becoming the person you wish to be. For each to-be that makes your list, a variety of to-do type tasks quickly become associated.
Leadership Can be a Choice
About Jeff Davidson
Jeff Davidson, a.k.a. “The Work-life Balance Expert”®, speaks to accounting firms and associations on increasing their work-life balance so they can be more productive and competitive, and still have a happy home life. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, and Dial it Down, Live it Up. Visit breathingspace.com.