Men’s Roles: From The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

By Brad Coleman | Family

Jan 31

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One of the first personal development books that I ever read was Steven Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." I was in college and, looking back now, wasn't nearly as busy and stressed as I thought I was. The concept that stuck with me the most, and that I still use to this day is taking the time to identify the various "roles" that we have in life and how to manage our time, and thus our priorities.

Let's identify the various "roles" that we have in life and how to manage our time, and thus our #priorities.

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Identifying my "roles" in life has evolved into defining categories for how I prioritize my time. I didn't create these categories then set out to live by them. It was something that happened organically, after observing my current values and time spent between various activities. I have discussed before that my values and priorities break down into four basic categories; Faith, Family, Fitness and Finance. I began to recognize that I feel most true to myself when I stay true to this hierarchy, and thus began to (attempt to) make all decisions in this same way.

My categories are intentionally broad and include several different areas of my life.

For instance, "Finance" includes our personal finances, my job, and how we spend our discretionary income. Although three completely separate areas of concern, you can see how each has a direct impact on the others.

As I said before, I didn't create these categories then change my behavior to fit into each area. You can begin this process by taking an entire week to write down your activities and how your time is spent.

Do this exercise during a "normal" week.

  • How much time do you spend on family activities?
  • How much time do you spend on work activities?
  • What about your own personal development time?

Once you have done this for a week, begin looking for patterns on during daily activities. Can you segment each your time into the four categories of Faith, Family, Fitness and Finance? If not, what system could you create for yourself that would work better?

Maybe you would use the same categories and organize them differently?

I have Fitness ranked higher than Finance only because I knew that the best way to keep me accountable to my health goals was to pay for a CrossFit membership, even though it is more expensive than what we were used to paying for a gym.

Once you have four to five buckets to categorize your time, do you like the way it looks?

Do you think you are allocating your time in proportion to your priorities?

Do you think you are allocating your time in proportion to your priorities?

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If not, what can you do differently?

What changes could you make to be in better alignment with how you want to live your life?

In another post, we will discuss why it is important to establish your priorities and intentionally live by these values. For now, I would like to hear from you. After doing this exercise for a week, what roles do you have that I may not have listed here? How do you allocate your time on a daily and weekly basis? What might I have missed in my process?

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About the Author

Brad is a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. Writing about all things related to men and the suburban life from marriage and kids, to work/life balance, fitness, DIY home repair and lawn care.

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