Chapter 9 - Design Your Year

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The best way to predict the future is to create it. —Peter Drucker

In This Chapter

  • Figure out your three best results for the year.
  • Learn how to create a scannable map of your year at a glance.
  • Learn how to design more effective months to support your year.

This chapter helps you achieve three great results for the year. It also helps you see your year at a glance, design a more effective year, and enjoy the journey along the way.

What if you could look back a year from now and say with confidence that you achieved the three most important changes that you could make in your life right now? This could be anything from getting to your ideal weight, to finding your dream job, to taking an incredible journey. That's the idea behind focusing on three great results for the year. It's about having the three most important things to you, for the year, under your belt.

I first learned to focus on three great results for the year by studying goals and objectives. I tried to get precision and accuracy around goals, objectives, strategies, and tactics. When I finally got clarity, I pushed all my thinking aside and asked a very simple question, “If this were next year, what are three great results I would want?” Without hesitation, I answered: (1) get to my fighting weight; (2) finish my book; and (3) take an epic adventure. (Interestingly, completing this chapter means finishing the writing for my book.) Since it sounded almost too simple to be useful, I had to question whether this was how I was going to set my goals for the year. Something inside me told me that I finally found the secret sauce for significant change. I would feel a sense of fulfillment if I turned the page of another year of my life and found that I had achieved these three things for the year (or at least come really close).

Knowing your three great results for the year is one thing. Seeing your year at a glance is another. The inspiration for seeing my year at a glance came from one of my colleagues. He was always calm, cool, and collected. One of his secrets was his calendar on the wall. It was a simple view of the year at a glance. He put all the key project events on it, across multiple projects. He included people on the teams for their input as he mapped out the project milestones, activities, and deliverables. Everybody could easily see the map with the end in mind, and how to get there. They could see and plan for holidays. They could see when there might be bottlenecks or resource constraints. I thought to myself: If this works so great for dealing with complicated projects and dependencies … why not use it for life? And so, I did.

Note - The rest of this chapter is temporarily unavailable until January 30th. In the meantime, you can get the book on Amazon.

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