Many people feel stressed or even paralyzed because they have too many choices. Lately I have been asked to contribute to seminars, webinars and masterclasses on this topic. I came to the following analysis/exercise.

Map your choices on two axis: how much do you enjoy the activity (how much energy does it give you?) and what results does it provide (can be added value, money, clients, influence, goodwill, compliance with -business-regulations etc)?


Now look at the four quadrants of the matrix: – / – If you don’t enjoy an activity or project and it delivers minimal results: ditch it! – / + If you don’t like doing something, but you have to do it, or it delivers good results, try to outsource or delegate it. (For many people this would be cleaning, ironing, their admin, tax filings etc) + / – If you really like something, but it delivers no results other than your pleasure, consider it a hobby and do it for fun, not expecting any other outcome. (For example creative activities, like painting or singing) + \ + Focus mainly on the activities that you like doing that also provide good results.

I am curious to find out if this helps you to make good choices and feel more empowered. Please also let me know if you have good examples and improvements to the matrix.

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