Archive for the 'Goals' Category

Goal-Setting Through Woodwork

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

coffee tableIf you have ever built a coffee table, you may have come to the same realization as Mike Kramer.

It was just a coffee table. A resting place for coffee cups and gatherer of used magazines. Normally, it would have no meaning for me. But because I invented this end table and scraped my knuckles raw for it…I was a proud papa.

This Christmas gift to my wife was more than a hobbyist’s diversion. It taught me how to succeed at anything in life. I’m now confident that I can achieve any goal I set my mind to.

He calls it his “blueprint for goal achievement”. I believe everyone has experienced this in some form. If you make a concerted effort to “do something”, and subsequently succeeded, there are lessons from that effort that can be extracted and applied to other areas of your life. The trick is to not lose these cross-functional lessons. Take the moments necessary to process what you learn.

Could Scrum Help You Achieve Your Goals?

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Known as a hyper-productivity technique, Scrum was initially designed to manage software projects. It can be applied to other projects as well.

Its intended use is for management of software development projects, and it has been successfully used to “wrap” Extreme Programming and other development methodologies. However, it can theoretically be applied to any context where a group of people need to work together to achieve a common goal - such as setting up a small school, scientific research projects or planning a wedding.

I am thinking of starting off in a simple way for each module/project team members. Spend about 5 minutes to compose a scrum mail circulated amongst the team members with simple topics like -

  • Completed
  • In Progress
  • tomorrow’s plan
  • the week ahead

Benjamin Franklin Was a LifeHacker

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

ben franklinCheck out Ben Franklin’s goals at Lifehacker.

Once upon a time, a young man at the tender age of 20 came up with a life plan which consisted of 13 guidelines. He kept a daily chart of these 13 goals, and placed a dot next to the ones he failed to abide by each day for the rest of his life.

What 3 Things Will You Do In 2006?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

What are the 3 Things you are going to get done in 2006?

Every year around this time I start asking myself this question. The exercise of narrowing it down to only three things is actually much harder than it seems. Usually I can come up with a dozen things I’d like to do but of course most of them I never will.

So by really forcing myself to choose only three things I have to think hard about what my priorities are and what I’m going to focus on in the coming year.

Another trick is that all Things are equal in the sense that if I pick one personal Thing (say, spend at least one night a week with my friends) then that can bump off a business Thing (get a promotion). This process of picking and choosing, bumping off good goals for better ones can be agonizing and it always makes me think of that old nugget of wisdom, “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.”

How do you set your priorities for the coming year?

Committing to a Goal

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

As usual, Steve Pavlina hits the nail on the head in this excellent article about cause and effect. You know those times in your life when you have been truly, truly ready to make a change and that change seemed to flow out of you almost effortlessly. This concept of being “ready” or committed is clearly the key ingredient to success for any goal:

“Time and again I’ve seen evidence that not only people, but the universe itself, can sense a lack of commitment to a goal. Have you ever heard someone tell you about a goal of theirs, and you can just sense how wishy-washy and uncertain they are about it? They say things like, “Well, I’m going to try this and see how it goes. Hopefully it will work out OK.” Is that evidence that a clear decision has been made? Not remotely. Are you going to help this person? Probably not — who wants to waste their time on someone who isn’t committed?”

Be sure to read the whole thing.

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