Personal Performance

by David Samoranski on October 7th, 2011

I’m continuing where I left off last time with the Personal Balanced Scorecard

I have spent some time capturing how I spend my time through the week. After doing this I realized this information doesn’t tell me much. I can see that I spend roughly 29 hours of my week (17%) doing things like watching TV, hanging out with family, and relaxing by the pool. Some of these activities do have a positive result in the health and relationship perspectives of the PBSC, but I could probably cut this time in half and have a couple hours every day to spend on improvement activities. I created a quick chart to illustrate the percentage of my time spent on each activity over the course of a week.


Next step is to create my personal mission, vision, and mantra. It’s hard to tell if I’m driving in the right direction because I don’t have a clear destination. I think I am headed in the right direction and most signs point that I’m going the right way, but it would be great to know how many miles I have left at the speed I’m going. Ok, enough with the driving metaphors. Let’s talk next steps.

A typical vision identifies what an organization wants in the future and the mission identifies what they are doing to achieve that vision. Personal mission and vision statements are very similar to those used in business. Guy Kawasaki’s book, Art of the Start, first introduced me to the concept of a mantra. A mantra differs from traditional visionary statements because it is short and easily understood. For example, Nike’s mantra is “Authentic Athletic Performance.” I think this concept can easily translate into personal performance too.

I am currently working on these 3 statements. Some of the questions I am considering to define these statements are:

Where am I going in life?
Who do I want to be?
What do I want to achieve?

Who am I?
What do I value?
What do I believe in?
Why do I do what I do?

I hope this process will help me clarify my vision/destination so that I can better understand if I’m doing the right things to get there. I can continue this process by creating objectives, identifying what measures quantify performance for those objectives, and then setting goals with specific targets. Then, I’ll create a strategy map and scorecard to help me stay on track and measure my effectiveness. Still a lot of work to go, but it feels like a good start!

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