Hey <<First Name>>
The year is pretty much over.
I don’t want to be pessimistic, but the end of the summer is pretty much the end of the year. Maybe my perspective is due to the fact that I live in a climate with extreme winters, but once cold weather is around the corner, the lively, creative energy I enjoy during the spring and summer starts turning into more conserving, harvesting energy. I focus more on maintaining than innovating. Working on fail-safes vs. taking risks.
If this doesn’t apply to you, then by all means, I won’t put that evil on you Ricky Bobby. But if you wonder why there is less than five full months left in 2016 and you haven’t made good progress on your yearly goals, it is probably because you gave yourself a year to accomplish them.
I’ve started reading The 12-Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington, and so far I’ve gotten the following take-aways:
- Give yourself less time on challenging yet approachable goals to create a sense of urgency.
- Instead of yearly goals, create life objectives, use these to make three-year goals, and pick 12-week projects based on these goals.
- Make sure that a day doesn’t go past without making some kind of progress.
- Create a system of reporting and accountability. If you don’t have an accountability partner, ask someone you know, or even better, use this as an opportunity to build a relationship with a creative peer. At the end of each week, score how much progress you made on your goals (the book talks about this in more detail).
- Create some external pressure. While you may be tempted to wait until you have all the pieces done before you tell people about it, identify collaborators, submit your work and so on, if being internally prompted hasn’t worked for you so far, create some external pressures. For example, if you want to have your work in a film festival, find out the deadline and plot your plan backwards.
The book is helpful, but it just reaffirms what most of us know. We get most of our work done when we’re down to the wire. This is just a friendly reminder that in terms of what you want to accomplish for 2016, that’s where we are.
Through The Wire,