We all feel like there’s no time left in the day to fit in one more task or responsibility. But most of us probably only function at a fraction of our real capacity. Why is this? How do you even figure out what your capacity is?
Your Unique Ability
The first step in examining and breaking down how to reach your maximum capacity is to figure out what your highest and best use is. Some people also call it your unique ability. It’s the skill or set of skills you have that you’re better than most at. You enjoy it, it energizes you, and you want to keep getting better at it. You probably already have an idea what it is, but if you don’t there are tests you can take to help you figure it out. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Examine Your Routine
Once you’ve identified your highest and best use, it’s time to examine what you do on a daily basis. For one workweek, keep a written inventory of everything you do. After the week is done, go back and review each of the tasks you did. How many were in the “highest and best use/unique ability” category? How many were you excellent at, but were not in the top category? How many were you merely competent to do? How many were you incompetent at, but you did them anyway?
Once you’ve taken a look at all the tasks you’re performing on a weekly basis, and you’ve seen how many are not making use of your unique ability, you can come up with a list of those things that are not your highest and best use. What do you do with all those tasks? Delegate them to a properly trained staff member. Then you’ll free up your capacity and you can start to maximize it.
Sanford M. Fisch
CEO & Co-Founder
American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc.
6050 Santo Road, Suite 240
San Diego, CA 92124