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11 ways to get focus for 2011

11 ways to get focus for 2011

Here’s 48 seconds of inspiration, motivation and provocation…

The year ahead of you beckons.

What are your plans? What’s your planning process?

You might be using Chris Brogan’s Three Words approach, or Chris Guillebeau’s rigorous annual review process or Charlie Gilkey’s fabulous planning sheets.

(And those are just guys whose names start with C.)

But the most critical thing is: Time to Think.

You can have the most awesome tools and techniques at your fingertips, but if you’re not getting away from the hurly-burly and reflecting on what’s ahead, then they count for naught.

Here’s 2011 planning in 4 quick (well, quick-ish) steps.

1. What went well and not so well in 2010?

2. If 2011 was to have a theme, what would it be?

3. What will be your Great Work Project in 2011?

4. What will you stop, start and do more of in 2011?

Let me know – I’m particularly curious to know what your Great Work Project for the year might be…

(PS – if you like the video, consider sending the link to a friend or three of yours.)

4 Responses to 11 ways to get focus for 2011

  • Kris @Krazy_Kris

    Yes – time to think! Instead of being distracted by non-value tasks & digital interruptions, it is important to value the “relax and ponder” time.

    My big project? Investing in board development for my non-profit. It’s something that never reaches the top of the list, but is still so important.

    In case you’re interested – I’m hoping to continue to say no to the digital madness in 2011 – it felt really great to close 2010 with that attention.

  • Brad

    Michael – I like your four steps, especially the fourth. My team does a drill called “Start, Stop, Continue” when we all share what we would like the other team members to start, stop and continue doing. We just go around the room (everyone will give me feedback and then we go to the next person). We’ve been doing this for about two years now and it’s helped build transparency, trust and open communication. It can be difficult/awkward at first but is very worth it in the end.

    Sometimes we’re doing (or not doing) little things that make a big difference to those around us. Getting feedback from others will make your 4th step even more powerful!



  • Entre2nuages

    Maybe I have a rather unconventional approach, maybe it can be used by some
    I rarely have a strong idea of what the next year will be, and apart from a general direction of going back to my healing work, this one was no exception.
    After watching the monkey jump around as is very well described in Buddhist meditations, with the laziness of a lizard sitting in the sun, the first points to decide themselves are always coming as ” what do I NOT want to do this year”, and once this process gains in clarity, so do the remaining options.
    If it brings back points that I do NOT want to experience, it just gets moved on.
    Wishing everyone not too much jumping this year ! Anne

  • Bobbye Middendorf

    Closely related to your four points above is to mindfully draw forth who you have to BE to create the Great Work for the upcoming year. Starting with the BE-ing first allows the Great Work to unfold from the most powerful foundation possible. For 2011, my Great Work is to complete the book and related programs around Write to Sell Without Selling Your Soul. Who I am BE-ing is the Messaging Mentor — for myself and my own messages (and the book) as well as for clients. Thanks for all the regular doses of inspiration around Great Work!

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