What's your Value Per Hour?
I'd like to propose a new metric for you to gauge how you are doing: Value Per Hour (VPH). VPH isn't some lame corporate economist term for how much value your employer can squeeze out of you; it's how much value are you getting from each hour of living.
Simply put, you are going to live some X number of hours; how much value you derive from those hours is in very large part going to determine how happy, successful and prosperous you'll be. Being aware of your VPH is a good first step to renegotiating the deal between you and the world.
What is "Value"? It's the sum of everything that you believe, desire, aspire to and want and is uniquely individual. It's how you see what you are doing and it's purpose - regardless of what other people think.
Here's how it works: as you're planning various projects, sub-projects and tasks, add in your gut VPH estimate. Forget about traditional time management categories like A's, B's, C's and 1's, 2's and 3's: traditional time management is about as useful today as proper telegraph etiquette.
Instead, you want to hone your ability to recognize what matters, in the fewest possible seconds, into a reliable, trusted instrument to tell you when you're wasting the lifeblood of your life - your time.
So what are your highest VPH activities? are you getting to them in the course of your day, week or month or do they recede like a mirage, with lower VPH things always getting in the way? Are you getting the VPH from your life you should, or are you running on empty?