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When To Pivot In Life: Part 1

Being able to pivot is absolutely essential to growing a business. It’s also very helpful in the process of building a meaningful life.

Pivoting means adjusting your direction to one that’s more effective. Businesses don’t last long if they aren’t able to pivot. Similarly, our lives stagnate if we aren’t willing to pivot in a new direction once in a while.

The reason it’s important is that the direction we choose for our lives isn’t perfect. We need to be able to adjust based on feedback. To notice how things are going, and use the information to move in a better direction.

There are four main steps to pivoting:

1. Look At Your Current State

To know where you want to go, you must know where you are. Make a list of your daily activities. Be honest about how you spend your time on a day-to-day basis.

If you write down everything you do daily (or even weekly), you’ll start to see what your life looks like objectively. To get an even more granular view, track how you spend your time for a whole day.

2. Rank Your Activities

Once you have your list, go through it and rank every activity. Write a (-) next to it, for things that waste time or harm your life. Write an (=) sign next to neutral activities, including necessities that aren’t exciting but can’t be skipped. Finally, write a (+) next to activities that are important, build your life or are working really well.

Now make another list. This contains the things you really want to be doing. Put any hobbies you want to begin, languages to learn, or businesses to start.

Tune in tomorrow for Part 2, where you use this list to create a new direction for your life! This post will be updated with a link once that article is live.

Joel Smith

Author and writing coach at The Fit Writer.

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