Working Intentionally in the New Year

December 30, 2019

This year, I wanted to take a different approach to the typical prediction or resolutions that I’m used to making. As usual, I’ll have some of those and a few will be familar as they are core to who I am.

I still plan on reading at a pace of a book every two weeks or so as that fits my schedule and also allows me to actually digest what I am reading which is the whole point of reading in the first place.

I still want to write more often and since I haven’t yet hit the goal of a post a week, that will be the goal for 2020.

I still want to focus on the non-work things that make me happy like family and my health.

I’m going to add more academic reading to my rountine and try to hit on some deeper trends that aren’t being written about other than on the fringes of the energy and tech sectors.

However, I am going to make a change this year and add a “theme“ to the year, especially around work. That theme is:

Work intentionally

This is an obvious theme, work on what matters intentially everyday.  However, it’s easy to get pulled in different directions and not step back to ask “what did I work on and why?”

When I looked back on my 2019, I made real progress on my goals when I was ultra-intentional about them. Using Airtable, I categorized most of my emails and meetings in 2019, when the subject was my goal and showed up with more regularity the goal got accomplished more quickly.

This is no surprise — but sometimes I let other things get in the way or dictate my schedule.  This year, I’ll be asking myself weekly, “did I move the needle with every thing I worked on?”

I’m fairly strong with focus and consistency, when I dive in I can lock in for long periods of time with no distractions and I’m consistent with effort over long periods of time. Now, I want to add that third part into the mix and follow the old adage “show me you schedule, and I’ll show you what’s important to you.”

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