Achieving Time Mastery: Evaluate your Wheel of Life, Develop a 90-day plan


We have 24/7 and 52 weeks each year to get the most out of all aspects of our lives. Taking control of your Wheel of Life and living life with few regrets each day is key to time mastery. This is the path to achievement and enjoying the journey of life.

CEO Story

A 55-year old CEO celebrating a very successful, exponential growth year for his business was feeling overwhelmed by his workload. Then, his wife of 25 years told him that their marriage was over because he was married to his business, and his doctor told him he would die of a heart attack in less than two years if he didn’t start taking care of his health. He was a 9/10 on career and money and 2/10 on all other aspects of his Wheel of Life. He decided it was time to take control of his Wheel of Life, before it was too late. He set a goal to “rescue his marriage” and another goal to become a healthy CEO. He set boundaries around how much time he would dedicate to work and he developed a

90-day success plan for business, family and his personal life.

Two years later and 30 pounds lighter, he is still married and still running his high-growth company. He did this one-quarter at a time and he now checks in on his Wheel of Life on a daily basis.

*The CEO stories are real stories discussed during confidential peer group meetings at MacKay CEO Forums.

Step 1: Complete your Wheel of Life

  • Rate yourself on a scale of 1 – 10 (10 = high) according to how satisfied you are with each aspect of your wheel of life.
  • Reflect on your assessment: What choices are you making? What are you saying yes to? What are you saying no to? How can you even out your wheel for a smoother ride?

Step 2: Develop a 3-year Career BHAG

  • Zero-in on your career spoke. Play Big! Your mind will start to operate differently when you think this way. Ask yourself, what would you do if you knew you could not fail?

BHAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goal – an idea conceptualized in the book, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James Collins and Jerry Porras.

Step 3: Develop a 90-day Plan, Every Quarter

  • Take control of your Wheel of Life by setting specific business, family, and personal goals based on your self-assessment. Nothing extraordinary happens without intention.
  • Develop actions based on your strengths. What do you need to start doing NOW to achieve your goals?
  • Check to make sure you’ve identified people who have “been there, done that before”, to support you on all of your major goals, as this will save you a lot of time. Mastering time is NOT about sucking it up and doing it all yourself. It’s about asking for help from peers, mentors, coaches, colleagues, board members, team members and others in your network.