To get what you want in your accounting career, and in life in general, you probably already know that you need to take action. Taking positive steps is difficult, however, when you haven't determined exactly what you're seeking. So, on a day-to-day basis, at work, at home, and as a variety of situations unfold, it makes sense to figure out what is important to you .
What are the "must-haves" for you to proceed throughout the work day? Respect? The corner office?
Your "must-haves" are separated from the "wants" — those things you'd like to have but are not crucial for making your day, adding to your peace of mind, or keeping you on balance. Your want list could be as long as you like. Some of them you'll go for, some of them you won't. Still, it's important to identify them.
You also have “Wouldn't it be nice if...” aspects of your life. These are things that, if they fell into your lap, would certainly be pleasant to have but, if they never materialized, wouldn't necessarily be missed.
By using this three-point classification system, you will be in a better position intuitively to take action when the situation or issue calls for it and to lay back when it doesn't.
So, start drawing up a list of everything that you must have, want to have, or would be nice to have.
Life's Little Menu
As you review each item, please mark it as:
M for must,
W for want, or
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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.