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Jason Womack Jason Womack balance guru. teacher. fortune cookie writer.

Jason Womack provides practical methods for maximizing tools, systems, and processes to achieve quality work/life balance. He's worked with leaders and executives for over 16 years in the business and education sectors. [www.womackcompany.com]

I’ve always been involved in learning, but around 1993 I decided I wanted to become a high school teacher. By the time I became a teacher, I was no longer concerned about whether students could memorize history or conjugate verbs. What had become much more interesting was whether students flipping through TV channels would pause at the History channel, or whether students in a Spanish literature class would think to themselves that they might like to go to Mexico sometime.

For almost 20 years, I’ve been thinking about the connection between what people are interested in and what they do. What if, instead of making to-do lists, we made What’s taking my focus? lists.

For more than a year now, I’ve been doing an experiment. Every day since the first day of 2011, I’ve written one word in my journal at the end of the day. Before I fall asleep, I think to myself, What meant something to me today and what word represents that? What was today’s word? It’s been an exciting experiment.

This year, on January 1st, I typed out all the words for each day of 2011. The most fascinating thing to me is that there were only about 90 words. I wrote the word friend on more than 20 days. Now I’m asking myself, What’s important about friendship for me and how am I tapping into that meaning?

One of the things I do these days to step into a more meaningful life is invite a good friend out to dinner, tell them I’ll pay, and then at the dinner ask them, “When did you see me the happiest last year?” Asking this question of others and of ourselves forces us to stop, step back, pause, and reflect. Was I happiest when I was on vacation? When I had that important discussion with my spouse? When I watched my kid graduate? When was I happy?

Then I take a look at the qualities of that happiness. What led up to it? What was I doing during that happiness? What did I do afterwards? Do I want to flip forward to now and experience again those same qualities that were involved in bringing me that happiness then?

My next level of learning is knowing that what I’m doing is the right thing and is enough. If I had a fortune cookie for myself, it would say “You are enough. Keep doing you.”

– Jason Womack

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