I just watched a great TED talk by Laura Vanderkam – “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time”. I won’t go into detail about her talk because I’m going to save my big take-away in a near-future post. However, the point I want to share today is Laura’s idea regarding year-end reviews – write next year’s year-end review today.
Laura suggests essentially starting at the end, and working backwards into the schedule.
- Think about the goals you want to have accomplished.
- Break-down the milestones (processes and resources).
- Allocate the milestones into the schedule now.
Laura went on to suggest we set 3-5 goals in three areas of our lives – career, relationships, and self.
In the spirit of many others doing year-end reviews, I'm going to do the Year Before Preview with Laura's help/ suggestions. Here’s a snippet of my Year Before Preview...
Goal (in SELF): I ran the 2017 Peachtree Road Race, and I accomplished a sub-50 time.
I know myself, and know that I’m going to do a lot of other activities including yoga at 3-5x per week, but I decide that the week before. Meanwhile, I have my three workouts scheduled already. So at a minimum, I’ve scheduled dedicated running times twice a week (there will be a soccer day in there somewhere, too).
This is a recurring event now on my calendar between the end of April and July 4th when the Peachtree Road Race takes place.
Goal (in Professional): I’ve blogged twice weekly throughout 2017 about startups and entrepreneurship.
I’m pretty quick with my blog posts… relatively. So, I’m dedicating two hours every Sunday morning after my morning workout to pre-writing my two blog posts for the following week. This makes it so much easier for me to just review, approve, and publish the posts during the week.
Goal (in RELATIONSHIPS): Build stronger/ maintain strong relationships with family and friends.
In this case, I don’t have a “metric” per se on building stronger relationships. However, I’ve set this in my calendar so that every Thursday starting at 7PM and Saturday after 5PM. That is, I will not be working during these hours. I’m going to leave it open to make plans with family and friends.
Of course, this particular goal is also dependent on friends and family. Should I not spend this time with friends and family, then I can always dedicate this to myself.
Happy New Year!
Is this going overboard? Maybe. I’m not really sure, but I’m interested to see this in action, and at least, maintaining this for the first quarter of 2017. Then, I review how things are going. I’m pretty good at sticking to a schedule or being consistent to things that matter, so this shouldn’t be a problem.