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How Many Hats do you Wear?

Roles and Priorities

My pastor is the one who really helped me the most with the idea of HATS. Dr. Ted Seago from Grace Community Church is one of my all time heroes because he is not afraid of getting involved in the lives of his people, no matter how messed up we arrive. This is dedicated to him. I love you PT!

When you think of the roles you play, it can often change from day to day, sometimes several times a day. How do we prioritize our days when we wear so many different hats? We are mothers, wives, daughters, friends, employees, citizens, volunteers, aunts, sisters, etc. By focusing more on relationships than on to do lists, we are telling the people around us that they are the most important thing to us because our ACTIONS will show it.

Organization, prioritizing, scheduling

The Weekly Compass
The weekly compass is what Stephen Covey writes about in his book, First Things First. It is a method I have been using for about 3 years now to keep my priorities in order on a weekly basis. A compass gives your life direction and focus. It is different than the clock, which tracks the time and things we do within that time frame.

The weekly compass works like this:
Every weekend, usually sometime between late Friday afternoon and Sunday night I schedule a “meeting with me”. My family knows that when they see me pick up my red zipper Daytimer planner, that I’m off to Starbucks for a couple of hours to set my compass for the following week.

Sharpen your saw:
The principle of sharpening the saw comes right out of scripture
“If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.” Eccl. 10:10
The idea is that if we are not growing as a person and continually working on areas of our lives to improve, we are not best able to give to others. If our cup is continually empty, then we won’t have anything to give others. In order to sharpen your own saw, pick ONE thing you will do THIS week to improve your life in the areas of
• Physical
• Social / Emotional
• Mental
• Spiritual

After you have identified those areas, then write down seven roles (or HATS) you will wear THIS week. The hats may change from week to week, but it’s recommended that you don’t put on more than seven in one week so you can FOCUS.
My ROLES for this week are:
Wife
Mom
Teacher
Writer
Friend
Daughter
Entrepreneur

The NEXT step is for me to look at each role and ask myself ONE question.
What’s the most important thing I can do in this role this week?

Pick ONE thing. Not three or four, just one. Write it down. This is what Covey calls, your BIG rocks. If you are filling up a jar with large rocks and small rocks and you first put all the small rocks into the jar, you will not fit the large rocks in. Your ONE thing you wrote down is your BIG ROCK. Put those in your jar first, then all the little rocks will fit into place. If you are intentional about adding value into the lives of others, then all the thousands of “to-dos” will fall in to place as needed.

Relationships are the most important things in life, with God and others. Take some time to write out your own weekly compass!

I would love to hear your results.

Laundry Mom~Erin♥

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6 comments on “How Many Hats do you Wear?

  1. This is great Erin! “Sharpening the saw”- I especially love that…must check out his book!

    • Ted Seago says:

      I love this post (even if it wasn’t dedicated to me) because you clearly lay out a game plan for playing in multiple games. That’s is the typical role of parent/coach/mechanic/book keeper/cook/etc. Your step by step counsel is spot on. Players must first put on their “me hat” and ask, “What do I have to do to be prepared to wear the different hats hanging on the wall?” Getting away with your planner is Hat One! I remember hearing Mary Kay Ash say to the ladies on her sales team: “Plan your work and work your plan.” Great key to being a successful model of many hats. Roles and priorities are often too vague and convoluted, due to the tyranny of the urgent. Thanks again for the Landry Mom’s wise words to look in the mirror before changing the hat.

  2. Thank you Pastor Ted! Beautiful response!!!

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  4. Jeannette says:

    Where have you been all my life?! LOL
    Thanks for sharing =)

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