Sometimes it’s easier to get a grasp of a new concept by seeing an example. Here are the activities I am invested in my own life portfolio. Sometimes one activity takes precedence over all the others, but in a typical week, I usually spend at least some time on each of the following:
Consulting – I work for companies (and occasionally individuals) seeking my expertise in digital media and marketing, content strategy, storytelling, writing and editing.
BabyNameWizard – I created a website called BabyNameWizard.com back in 2008. I ran this website as a business with a partner until the summer of 2014 when we sold it to CafeMom. Although I am not working for CafeMom, I am still invested in Baby Name Wizard’s growth and success.
Creative Writing – Writing is therapeutic for me and after a 20+-year hiatus from personal writing, I have been writing for myself for the past year or so.
Return On You – The website you are reading is one of my projects. I’m not sure where it will lead, but I hope you are finding it useful and informative!
Running/Fitness – Running is important to me. It is a meditative activity that reduces stress.
Food – I love food — growing it in my garden, preparing meals, and of course, eating it. I never thought about food as an item in my portfolio until I began time tracking and realized how much time I invested in it!
Managing Family Health and Insurance – This is an activity I would rather not have in my portfolio, but with a large family and a variety of medical needs, I have to take health care — and the insurance issues that come with it — seriously and be realistic about how time consuming that can be.
Spending time with my family – I know what you’re thinking — Duh! But after a crisis, I realized that too much of the time I spent with my kids was simply managing logistics and basic needs (I call that SOL, or S**t of Life). Since then, I’ve made a concerted effort to make better use of my family time.
Networking and Relationship Building – I sometimes refer to this as trafficking in the marketplace of goodwill. Having strong ongoing relationships with colleagues, neighbors and friends is important to me personally and professionally. I have never “kept score” as to whether I have done more good deeds for others or whether they have done more good deeds for me, but I know this is a tremendously valuable way to spend time.
Now, it’s your turn! Tell me what activities are in your life’s portfolio. Enter them in the comments area below, or drop me a line here to let me know that you’d like to be interviewed.