Friday, October 8, 2010

A Quality Management Assessment of Your Life

Companies consistently use a Quality Assessment team to ensure their processes are operating well and in peak performance mode. This keeps each team member aware of any potential problems. It is this awareness that allows them to act proactively to repair "holes" in the system before they can develop into something more catastrophic.

As the C.E.O. of your life, you can implement this same procedure to make a quality assessment of the areas in which you may desire personal improvement.

1. Examine the various areas of your life. In coaching terms, this exercise is called "The Wheel of Balance." Rate the level of your satisfaction with each of the areas listed below. You can add your own too!  Use the satisfaction rating system of 1-10 with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best.

Romance & Intimacy
Physical Environment
Fun & Recreation
Life Purpose
Spiritual Alignment

2. In your most successful areas, examine your habits and routines that you have utilized to gain satisfaction. Can you apply these to the areas in which you are lacking satisfaction?

3. Can you determine what it is you want "more of" in your life and what it is you want "less of" in your life? Do the answers to those questions balance each other out? For example, if you want more time for fun in your life, can you think of an activity (or an emotion) on which you could spend less time and thus allowing you more time for fun?

4. Start small so you don't become overwhelmed. At first, you can construct a written action plan to just implement one or two of these changes. As you encounter success, add a few more to the list. This exercise might alert you to other areas on which you might like to improve that you previously didn't consider.

Awareness is your first goal. Once that is realized, you can learn to integrate and balance all the different parts of your life. This should help lessen the stress associated with having the responsibility of doing everything by yourself.

You can repeat this exercise as often as you like. Keep your previous rating sheets so you can assess the changes you are implementing and the affects these are having on your satisfaction level.

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