Being clear on our roles and job descriptions can be the easiest starting point to gaining perspective.

We manage many roles … spin plates, juggle balls, wear hats or whatever metaphor you apply to this level.

Like our goals which can be divided into long and short term, the roles can also be sub-divided; into its job title and a specific job description.  These are areas of focus though when one role is in cruise control, another can feel very unbalanced.  

While many of us have a formal, documented job description for our work, less review it frequently.   In time, the role changes and evolves to the extent that 90% of our day seems to be covered by the last item on the job description, “any other duties.”  And we might not be conscious that every role outside of work also has a job description.

In this exercise, begin by mapping all of your roles (work and personal), and then take each key one and plotting the daily, weekly and monthly tasks involved to maintain that role.

The First Lady role is really difficult. It has no job description... You have to create it for yourself.

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