Monday, August 05, 2013

Checking out The 12 Week Year

the_12_week_year_coverOver on Google+, one of the communities that I belong to is the Productivity community. It is actually one of several related to productivity that I belong to and is probably the most active. Over the past few weeks, there have been quite a few mentions of The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington. In fact, Bob Stanke is in the process of implementing The 12 Week Year and has been blogging about his weekly results.

I've decided I'm going to give it a try as well. I think my interest is more in how I can use it to help guide my staff at work, although I'm sure I'll pick up some benefits for my personal productivity efforts as well. As August has opened, I've actually been kind of pleased with my productivity during July since I did a bit of a "reset" while on vacation. At least part of that is because (I think) I was finally able to find a tool that helped support my efforts when I came across Todoist. Writing about the switch from MyLifeOrganized to Todoist is a subject for another post.

Back to my team. Overall they are productive folks and I think we get quite a bit done. However, I sometimes feel like we get bogged down in addressing the routine "tasks" that so easily consume our focus instead of those issues that could really add value to the organization. Probably my biggest clues that this is happening are the balanced scorecard initiatives that seem to linger indefinitely on our collective "to do" board.

I just started reading the book this evening. I'm hopeful I can get through it quickly since I had to forego a monthly strategy meeting today. The plan is to read through The 12 Week Year, work on some goal-setting, and then next Monday set the team on their way in a more structured and focused manner than what we have been doing thus far.

1 comment:

  1. I'm curious if you ever did read "The 12 Week Year," and if so, whether you tried it out?