Stepping into 2015, by David S. Allen
The Christmas tree is down. The decorations are boxed. The relatives are back home. The leftovers are all gone. And the calendar has rolled over into a New Year. Ready or not, 2015 is here.
What can you do to get off to a good start?
Here’s a process I like.
- Develop a roadmap for the year. What do you need to accomplish? What do you want to accomplish? Tweak the map if you need to but stick to it. Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (paraphrased): If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.
- Then, set measurable goals and review them at least weekly. One great value of goal setting and goal pursuing is that you have a rudder to steer you through the year. Goals help to set plans and plans help to set schedules.
- Then, identify one primary goal and go after it. This goal requires daily attention. What is a farmer’s favorite kind of fertilizer? His shadow. If he wants real productivity, he knows he has to be in the field day in and day out tending to and caring for his plants. For this one primary goal, be like the farmer. Give it the daily attention it needs. Space prevents me from getting into the step-by-step process for doing this but I would be happy to share the info I have. Just call or email me.
- Focus on producing results, not on managing time or being busy. Busyness and producing results are often two different things. Results are difference makers.
- Don’t wait to get started. Take action. To borrow another farming expression, spend more time planting than in planning to plant.
A couple of things to consider. Before we know it, January will be over. And then, the first quarter. And then, 2015. I read this years ago: The future has an annoying habit of arriving ahead of schedule. Recognizing that throughout the year can help you focus on getting the important stuff done.
And, one of my favorites: You usually can’t change your destination overnight but you almost always can change your direction. A significant course correction can be made with a slight change in the sails.