‘My 168’… what does yours look like?

My168This morning I watched a podcast of John Maxwell, preaching at Christ Fellowship on the topic of “Laws of growth for 2013”. He is definitely one of my favourite people to follow, and a great mentor.

This inspired me to come up with this concept of ‘My 168’. Isn’t it amazing how God can lead us to the magical moments in life, discovering inspirations to then share these with the world… this is one of them.

As I am going through a ‘pivot’ in my life in terms of my career, I have spend a lot of time reflecting on what is important, what is my purpose and how to live out the life that was planned for me.

After watching this sermon twice, I got inspiration to come up with the following 2 step process on getting your ‘168’ mapped out;

1. Mindmap the top 5

Using the mindmap concept, I came up with the 5 things that is important in my life. These are things I want to focus on and progress this year. I don’t think you can focus on more than 5, and step two below will explain why. Here is what I came up with…

  1. Faith development – I want to focus more on how to develop and grow in my faith, and how I can share this growth with my family and community around me. This is where the inspiration of this blog started, listening to the 5-Gs (God time, Gift time, Grace time, Giving time, Gratitude time) that John speaks about in his sermon). I encourage you to set aside 1hour to listen to it… you can find it in iTunes under podcasts for Christ Fellowship.
  2. Family & friends – how much time I want to dedicate firstly to my family, and then friends… no comprimises!!!
  3. Personal development – I am completing an MBA at the moment, so how do I dedicate enough time to ensure I keep the momentum, and continue in my own development
  4. Career – Seems obvious, but how do I use the talents I was given to grow my career. Furthermore, how can I continue the momentum on Tribeit in an aim this may become my career.
  5. Well being – How do I ensure I continue to look after myself, so that I can continue to look after my family and serve… including getting enough rest. 🙂

I would encourage everyone to do the same. It is amazing how this helps you to get focus, and throw away those things that are not important in your life.

2. Your 168

So what does this 168 mean? Well everyone, not matter who you are, has 24 hours in a day. Multiply that by 7 days in the week, and you have 168 hours a week.

So the next excersise is to work out how you will spend your 168 hours each week on the 5 focus areas you came up with in step one. I know this is not an exact science, but it does force you to think on how you want to spend your time each day. It took me a while to move things around and work out how I will spend each day and know that I am focusing on the right things. The image at the start of the post is an illustration of what mine looks like… each colour code related to a particular focus area)

I would encourage everyone to do this, and then share it with your wife/husband/partner/close friend. Make sure, that you and your family are comfortable with what your 168 looks like.

Not only does it provide focus, but it enables you to move things around so that you can spend time on the things that really matter in your life… faith and family.

What does your ‘My 168’ look like?

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