- What are the two or three things most important to the organization you are part of right now? Even if that's been your goal for a really long time with lots of effort and not enough results, if that's the most important goal, stay on it.
- Let's say you want to grow your scalability and sustainability. What can you do before the end of the year that will build scalability and sustainability? Some ideas:
- Attract some additional resources (see 'I Love You' below)
- Get people into the best jobs for their strengths (see 'Supposed to Lead' below)
- Cancel some stuff that really doesn't have to be done right now, no matter how much you want to. Say NO to say yes.
- Slow the plague of multi-tasking. Help your people get one thing done well if it's mission critical. Give them quiet and focused time. Protect them from interruption.
- Turn initiatives into projects with clear tasks assigned to one person with one due date so you can monitor and drive accountability. Better yet, replace the word accountability with responsibility, and ask your team what they want to focus on, what you can do to help, and when it will be done.
- Project Management requires artifacts to be successful. Keeping project data in your head just hurts your brain. Set up a simple shared folder for each project and use our free Quick N' Dirty templates for Project Charters and Project Schedules to make it easier to start and end projects.
- Ready. Set. Go.
It's time to get above the weeds. Your 2014 goals may feel a long way away but it's not too late. You have two choices - ignore them completely or make new ones. What are your priorities and what are the most important things to get done this year? Here's a checklist to help you focus: