The 5 Choices Has Changed My Life

Taking and applying the 5 Choices has changed my life, increased my productivity dramatically on the job and has had an amazing effect on my personal life!

I was soooo good at meeting deadlines, keeping up on the actions with the due dates, making sure all the Q1’s and Q3s’ got done. People described me as organized, and productive. But there were all these things I should do that I just never got to because they had no deadline, no due date – until they became a Q1 and THEN they got done. Taking the course, and reading the 5 Choices monograph made me realize I was very efficient by not effective.

I attended a 5 Choices World Tour event (a 3 hour overview of the class) on Nov 1, 2011 and that night I created a Big Rock zone from 7-8am each work day, where I could focus on a big rock – something important but not urgent. Luckily I kept a list. Because in two months I had accomplished amazing things and got one of my best reviews ever. I got through so much! So over the Christmas break I went back and read the monograph and then I started implementing all the Choice 4 ideas. Wow was that exiting! I got approval to take the full class, where I learned more, and thought wouldn’t it be amazing if I could teach the class!?! I have now completed training 3 groups and am preparing for two more. This is in addition to my regular learning program management job, at which I have done exceptionally well in spite of the increased workload.

What I didn’t expect is how the concepts would seep into my personal life. I work hard during the week and on the weekends by the time I have done the laundry, and figured out shopping list, and done some cooking, and paid bills – I was done. Tired. Out of steam. Now I have a Big Rock  – something important but not urgent – scheduled for either Saturday or Sunday morning. I do it FIRST, and then do all the other stuff, and I am feeling so much more in control of my life! I find I apply the principles constantly, cleaning out my closet, organizing my files, planning trips, etc.

Working on my role statement also improved my relationship with my husband – I wrote out my role statement as Robert’s best friend and partner and reviewed it with him. He was blown away but said to be truly extraordinary it would be wonderful for him if I added one more piece, something I didn’t even know he wanted me to do. I added his recommendation and we have a quarterly review meeting to see where we are, and each chose one Big Rock to do each quarter – and are making significant progress! We feel so much more in control.  Robert loves it and appreciates so much the effort I am putting into being an extraordinary wife.

So you can see I am off to another great year thanks to the 5 Choices!

Submitted by Elise, a FranklinCovey Client Facilitator

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