Did your parents ever play that game with you at the dinner table where you talk about your day's pits and peaks? You know...the pits are the crappy parts of your day and the peaks are the good parts.
This is also a great way to gauge your strengths! Take out a piece of paper and draw a line down the center of it. Now, think about your day - what were your peaks and what were your pits?
Your peaks should be things that brought you joy, made you feel happy, made you smile, made you feel energized or excited. Things you enjoyed and would enjoy doing again.
Your pits should be things that drained your energy, made you upset or angry, made you sad, made you frustrated, or gave you a headache. Things you wish you didn't have to repeat again.
I challenge you to do this activity every day, for the next week.
I think you'll be surprised at your results. Are you spending more time on things that bring you happiness or things that drain your energy? Were there any particular events or people or circumstances that influenced your peaks or pits?
In Marcus Buckingham's book, The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success, he describes a similar exercise where you track things you loved and loathed. You record your daily activities under the I LOVED IT category ("I feel strong when..."), and the I LOATHED IT ("I felt weak, drained, bored when...").
The peaks are potentially areas of strength for you. Spending more time investing in this areas will likely bring you more happiness and success. The pits are potentially areas of weakness for you. While you may not be able to avoid all of these activities, once you identify them you should be able to neutralize and manage them better.
So, go ahead...tell me - what were your pits and peaks for today?
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The Peaks + Pits printable planner page from The Strong Business Planner™ is designed to help you identify potential strengths and weaknesses by looking at the strong and weak moments of your day.