Accountability Coaching Blog | Dennis Kay

Your Calendar and Your Check Book (is it really a priority?)

Your calendar and your check book are directly releated. What are your calendar and your check book saying about your priorities and goals?

“Action expresses priorities” – Mahatma Ghandi

Let’s play a game. Write down on a sheet of paper three things that you feel are most important to you in your life. Be specific. 

Or write down 2 or 3 goals that you would like to achieve  in the next few months and that you are serious about accomplishing. Maybe these are goals that you would like your peak performance and accountability coach to aid you with. 

Have them written down? Good. 

Now, let me look, NOT at what you’ve written down but instead at your check book (bank statements) and your calendar for the past 3 months. 

What will I learn? What do they show? More importantly, what do they prove? 

What would I (or anyone else who looked at your calendar and your checkbook) conclude as to what your priorities and goals really are? 

The truth is, where you spend your money and how you spend your time often speaks volumes about what your priorities actually are. Let’s use a few examples. 

You Say Family is Most Important?

According to several surveys the majority of people say their spouses or families are “most important” in their lives. They may really feel this. But what does their checkbook and calendars show? 

(For an interesting article on where people say they find true meaning in life check out this article)

Spending money on loved ones and more importantly time can be proof that they really are a priority. The spending doesn’t need to be lavish. 

Flowers. A thoughtful card. A romantic dinner out. A special anniversary trip. Or even life insurance to make sure your loved ones are well cared for in case something happens to you. 

The time spent together can also involve both quantity and quality time. Rather then sitting on the coach watching the usual re-runs are you spending meaningful time with family and loved ones? During those conversations are you really listening? If they need help with something are you willing and able to help them yourself by giving your own time and finances if needed? 

You Say Losing Weight is One of Your Goals?

This isn’t surprising. About half of Americans say they want to lose weight. 

But again, what does their checkbook and calendar show? 

In looking at their spending, are they hiring a fitness coach or accountability coach, investing in gym memberships or home exercise equipment? 

Are they choosing to spend a bit more for good quality, healthy food rather then opting for the cheap fast and processed food options? 

In looking at their calendar how much time each day or each week are they devoting to a healthy lifestyle that is going to help them lose weight? This would include time for meal prep, exercise, tracking of their food intake and even their sleep habits. 

“If it’s important you’ll find a way. If it’s not you’ll find an excuse”. – Jim Rohn

Your check book and your calendar can be reality checks. If it’s really a priority it should show up on both of them. 

Action Item: Look at your bank statements and calendar for the past three months. Where are you spending your money and time? Are these in line with what you consider your priorities to be? Where can adjustments be made? If you’re open to it, request a special 1:1 with your accountability coach to get their input. 

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Other Reading: For a great book on simplifying in order to focus on your true priorities check out Essentialism – The Discipline Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.


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