Note To Self

KPMes Are The New KPIs

The case for putting yourself first.

By Emily J. Brooks

Note To Self

The case for putting yourself first.

By Emily J. Brooks

I have just written a to-do list and it has occurred to me this is how so many of my stories start – with me writing a to-do list. I love lists. I write them at work, at home, on the train, anywhere the list-writing urge sparks. So when a friend last year told me, “There’s nothing more effective than a prioritised to do list,” I was already on board. But the operative word here is “prioritised”. A list is therapeutic (easy), a prioritised list is an attack plan (harder). It takes time and thought (and probably a coffee) to work out what is most important to tackle first. You must stop, drop, and evaluate. Unless you have KPIs which should make it a breeze.

As you no doubt know, KPIs are the values you (and your employer) measure your professional success against. They are the framework you build your job around and the rudder navigating you through the mud of busy days and the odd low-tide river. But that is Your Job, not Your Life, and you know which one this newsletter cares about. So, have you heard of the KPMe? Probably not, because I just made it up. So let’s get you acquainted. Much like their more conventional friend, the KPI, KPMes are the values you measure your holistic success against and the framework you rebuild your life around. KPMes look out for exactly who they say they will: me (which is you!). They allow you to say a resounding “yes” or a resounding “no” to things with ease, and the best part is you’ll feel good either way. Because your KPMes are set up for the good of you which is really for the betterment of everyone else.

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