I am 1/3 of the way for my 12 book goal for 2008! Here are my thoughts about them:
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
This was an outstanding book. I have the heart of an inventor and entrepreneur so I found this book quite inspiring. Visit the author’s blog for examples of his topics and writing style. I particularly enjoyed the practical tips for breaking free from email, how to avoid meetings, and the concept of outsourcing your personal life.
The Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker
This book was my formal introduction to Lean and the Toyota Production System (TPS). I have utilized some Lean tools before when I was a business analyst (although I did not know the tools were Lean at the time!) but this book provides tremendous depth past my experience. I enjoyed the learning all of the principles at Toyota, especially the emphasis on people. I highly recommend this book to anybody interested in learning about this topic. Excerpts are available here.
The Complete Lean Enterprise: Value Stream Mapping for Administrative and Office Processes by Beau Keyte and Drew Locher
This was a great Lean book with practical tips for mapping value streams in any kind of workplace. There is a fictional case-study company throughout the book to help the reader practically apply the mapping concepts. I believe this book would be an inspiration to non-Lean companies as well.
Learning to See Version 1.3 by Mike Rother and John Shook
This book was written before “Complete Lean Enterprise: Value Stream Mapping for Administrative and Office Processes” but I read it afterwards. I felt the other book added more relevant details since this had more of a machine-shop floor perspective. It has a practical case study as well, but felt more like a Lean textbook.
I am sure this is not a new idea, but I think it will work very well! I have been reading a lot about outsourcing my life and found a neat way to save time and lose weight! I am going to have groceries delivered to my house.
My 2008 goals include following Weight Watchers, seeking healthier options, and increasing discernment in spending. I feel delivered groceries will meet this criteria.
Proactively selecting my choices and menus will make WW easier to follow
Knowing my house has food will help me choose healthier instead of hitting a drive-through or eating whatever is left in the house
My spending will be wiser because I will only select what I need and not be tempted by impulse urges that present itself at the store
My time is important and so is yours. The most time you spend is in the initial set-up but most major grocery chains keep a running shopping list so making minor changes will be quick week-to-week.
This outsourcing saves you shopping time which can be used for exercise, reading, or anything else you want to do!
Image above is from BustedTees
I made my plan for 2008! I am making them public so I can be held accountable.
Follow Weight Watchers – I lost 60 pounds before and I am gonna do it again!
Read or Listen to 12 Books Minimum (Fiction or Non-Fiction) – In my heart I wanted to top 30 this year, but it scared me to commit to that many this year.
Perform Daily Bible or Christian Reading/Meditation – This will continue my walk with God as I get to know Him better.
Exercise Five Days a Week – I thought of putting a time limit or specific exercises, but I plan on increasing both within a couple of months. This wording will help me focus on the basics of what I want to accomplish.
Seek Healthier Options and Choose Them – It is so easy to back into a corner of saying there are no healthy options so I am making it a point to seek them out.
Increase Discernment In Spending and Savings – I am an impulse buyer so this will help me make better choices. I may still buy silly non-practical stuff, but if I use discernment in making the choice, I will not regret my spending.
Date My Wife – We are blessed with a happy wonderful marriage (10 years this August!). I want to ensure we still take time to go on dates and not get in a cycle of routine.
Bring Camera With Me – Life goes by so fast and digital pictures are cheap. Why not capture it and the people around me?
Create and Follow a House Upkeep Schedule -Sometimes house projects get overwhelming and cause me to procrastinate. A schedule with focus on specific areas will help make this more doable.
Complete My PMP Certification Training – Sometimes classes with self directed schedules can get out of whack. I want to add this so I ensure I complete it!
Post on Pass The Buck a Minimum of 3 Days a Week – I have discovered a new love of writing since I started this. I also read blogs and know there is nothing worse than wondering if the author is ever going to update the site. This commitment will give a deadline of sorts which is important in self-publishing.
I hope all of my readers have their 2008 goals written down. I hope you are more than just encouraged, but that you take action on your inspiration. We can all have a great 2008!
Don’t just plan little 2008 resolutions, strive to make a major REVOLUTION!
Many new years resolutions are wimpy. Most of the time they are focused on what we want to STOP doing: quit eating junk food, end credit card spending, don’t buy Starbucks every morning, etc.
I challenge you to make your 2008 goals to be about what you want to accomplish. Instead of quitting junk food, decide to eat healthy. Don’t end credit card spending, choose your debit card as the only plastic to be used for spending. I have no advice for Starbucks since they own my mornings!
The general consensus is that all new years resolutions fail. I think it is because we are not passionate about what we want to accomplish. We all know deep in our heart who we want to be, what we want to do, and how we wish to positively impact those around us. When making your 2008 plan, don’t scratch off something because you already feel defeated before you even try.
Dustin Wax has a great guideline for 8 Ways to Achieve Success in 2008. I think all of his tips are relevant but I really liked these three:
Scott Young has 14 Tips For Resolutions That Stick in the New Year. I like how he points out resolutions require strategy and not willpower. These are the three that really stood out for me:
Find a support group
Accept failure graciously — and move on
Change yourself, not the things around you
I am wrting down my 2008 plans this weekend. I hope you take any inspiration you received here and turn it into action. I hope you dream big and strive to make huge transformations that will revolutionize your life.
Create a Trigger
Behavior First, Results Later
I am incredibly behind planning what I want to accomplish in 2008! How about you?
I truly believe it is important to be intentional about how you approach your life. Holidays and personal things can distract us and we end up in REACTIVE mode instead of taking the time to make a 2008 project plan! I really should use my PM skills in my life and not just keep them at work.
If you are like me and have not spent the time planning 2008 yet, I found some great articles that are spurring me into action. I hope they inspire you as well.
Isaac Tolpin talks about How an Extraordinary Year Happens. If his comment about reading 30 books by years end doesn’t make you want to “up your game” I do not know what else will.
Karthik Gurumurthy discusses a Mission Statement. This is such a great idea to incorporate into 2008 as a way to live with purpose. I will have to make one for myself. It will be hard to top Karthik’s “To have a positive, profound effect on as many people as possible.”
Kevin Gerald kicked off 2007 with a four part series called Your Power To Choose that still inspires me almost a year later. Watch the Video and/or purchase the Audio for more on the series.
We have six days to plan for the year we want! Sure there will be some progressive elaboration in 2008, but at least we can know the scope of what we will accomplish!