However, this year has a different twist: I chose a New Year’s THEME instead! I was challenged to do this by an online colleague, and now I am sharing with my local BNI group (and my online readers) how powerful this is in my own life.
Choosing a theme to focus on for the year puts you in a different mindset. How can you work on that theme each day to become more and more powerful in your chosen area by the time 2012 is history?
Let me share with you what I’ve noticed since choosing my theme for this year – Productivity.
1) I look for ways to learn from ultra- productive marketers.
I joined an 80/20 Productivity Course with Perry Marshall early in 2012. I have learned so much about being more productive – including how best to assess my strengths, how to find the type of person who would best complement those strengths to be a personal assistant, how to plan focused time to exercise my unique gifts, and how to avoid the email addiction trap – you know, that trap that saps a good part of your day putting out fires in the form of email responses and social media postings?
Not that email and social media are all bad, of course. But taming them to a structured time during particular parts of the day will boost your productivity like nothing you’ve ever imagined!
And I’m learning so many more life altering things from a focused training course in my chosen theme niche.
2) I’m noticing systems all around me.
A particular company protocol is set up after a lot of testing and tweaking so that it runs like a well-oiled machine. The set up takes time (training, recording the action steps, etc.) but once it is put into motion, the productivity of a system as opposed to a “do it when you feel like it” modus operandi (mode of operation) – well, it’s like comparing night and day!
In fact, if you glance outside sometime during your work day you will begin to notice something. The sun rises at about the same time each day. It shines brightly into my front door during late morning and early afternoon each day there’s no cloud cover…..and it warms the house so nicely! On really cold days, I like to sit or stand in front of the front door and feel the warmth. (If I had a cat, she would be curled up there each day.)
Then, late afternoon comes, the sun goes down in the western sky, and soon dusk settles over the atmosphere. Then the dark of night comes, the clock moves steadily towards midnight, and it is time to call it a day, and go to sleep to rejuvenate for a new day.
What a system! In fact, God describes His perfectly created system this way in Genesis 8:22:
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (ESV)
The more you can employ systems into your day to day routine, the more you will get done, and the more freedom you will have to spend time with family, friends, exercising, and doing whatever else you would enjoy doing!
3) I think about Productivity daily, and begin naturally brainstorming about ways to become more productive at work.
I predict the same will happen to you as you choose a theme for 2012. No, it’s not too late! You have nearly the entire year left to focus on developing in that area of your choosing.
And just like the law of sowing and reaping, you will find that the law of attention will begin to bear good fruit as you do this. What do I mean by that?
Simply this: What you focus on – give your attention to – will grow. It will increase.
You will begin to notice things all around you – from all kinds of directions – that will help you in your quest to improve in that area.
So, choose YOUR theme for 2012 – and share with me what it is! Look to mentors in your field who are proficient in that area that you can learn from. Notice how things around you are affected by your theme word. And then, brainstorm daily about what you can do to take another step (or three) towards becoming stronger in that area.
By the end of 2012, I believe that you will be amazed at your progress!
Get ready, choose a theme, and go make a difference!