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5 questions to help you review, plan and improve for 2022

Rather than a full-blown goal setting program, I thought I’d lighten the load by crafting three groups of five pointed questions for reflecting on 2021 and setting an intention for 2022.

Grab some paper and a pen, print this out, or copy and paste this into your favourite note taking application and get to work 🙂

1-5: What went well in 2021?

  1. Looking back over 2021, what’s the one accomplishment that I am the most proud of?
  2. What’s a new habit I developed in 2021, and how did it positively impact my professional life?
  3. What was my single greatest lesson in 2021? How has it impacted me?
  4. What’s something I did for the first time in 2021? What did I learn?
  5. Who supported me the most in 2021? How?

6-10: What would have made 2021 better?

  1. Looking back over 2021, what didn’t go well, or go according to plan? Why?
  2. What’s an area of my professional life I neglected in 2021?
  3. Where did I waste time in 2021?
  4. What’s something – a bad habit, a trait – that held me back from achieving more success in 2021?
  5. What or who do I need to leave behind in 2021?

11-15: What needs to change for 2022 to be my best year yet?

  1. What would I like to achieve in my professional life over the next 12 months?
  2. What’s one thing, that I am not doing right now, that if I paid more attention to that area I believe that it would generate a greater level of success for me in 2022?
  3. What’s one thing that I will stop doing (say no to) to in 2022?
  4. What’s a rule or boundary I need to create that will help me to spend more of my time in the right areas in 2022?
  5. What’s a single habit I need to develop and work on that will have a dramatic impact on my professional life in 2022?

Once you’ve answered the questions, and you have some direction for 2022, have a think about what books, resources and people can help and support you to make 2022 your best year yet.

All the best!


Don’t do it for success. Do it to SUCK LESS!

Suck Less

What could you get better at if you did it every day for 100 days?

Pretty much anything, right?

This is Austin Kleon’s philosophy and I love it!

I pick up my guitar every day anyway, but I’ve picked a very particular song to practice every day so I can SUCK LESS at it.

I’ve got the chart on my wall, I’m checking off the numbers, it only takes a few days to build up a chain…and now it’s up to me not to break it!

What would you like to SUCK LESS at over the next 100 days?

Go get the printable chart from Austin’s website here.

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Efficient vs effective: what comes first?

To become a more efficient growth team, start with becoming more EFFECTIVE and the efficiencies will shake out.

Here are a few key ways to approach it:

  1. Firstly, spend time with your team in their work – find out how they work, how they do what they do, get a clear understanding of how the work happens. Everyone works a little differently. Don’t make assumptions.
  2. Help to identify their ‘one thing’? What’s their core strength? What are they great at?
  3. What are they currently doing that is distracting them from doing that one-thing? What’s a waste of their time? Take that away – delegate, eliminate, hire support resources, introduce technology/automation.
  4. What tools, resources and guidance do they need in order to be more effective in their role? What conditions need to be true in order for them to do their best work?
  5. Supply your team with clear information – goals, KPIs, guidance documentation, make it easy to access (via technology)
  6. Do they feel like the master of their own destiny? In other words, are your team members making changes in their own work? Are the changes employee-led?
  7. Finally, trust them to get on with their work.

Start by doing the right things, then do those things right.

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Things that help me to set personal and professional goals for the following year…

Things that help me to set personal and professional goals for the following year:

  1. The wheel of life: Reviewing the last year, scoring myself, and then making a plan of development to move the needle in each category.
  2. My three words: Reviewing the last year and creating three words for 2021. This is the exercise that Chris Brogan hosts every year. Link in the comments.
  3. Values: Writing out my values and intentions for who I want to be in the year ahead.
  4. Reading list: What will I read in 2021 and what will my theme be?
  5. Stop doing list: A list of everything I want to do less of and stop doing altogether.
  6. Mentorship: Working with a few special people to help me see what isn’t obvious to me.

…and finally, making it easy to reference all this reflection and planning on a daily basis throughout the year.

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What will you stop doing in 2021?

When we talk about dieting and healthy eating, the default narrative circles around *REMOVING* specific foods from our diet.

When we talk about setting goals for the future, the default narrative circles around *ADDING* more things to achieve.

In both cases I’ve found the opposite to be true.

When researching how to lower my cholesterol I found that it was more effective for me to *ADD* specific foods to my diet.

Similarly, after many years of goal setting, I found that it was more effective for me to focus on *REMOVING* things from my plate.

Perhaps you’re the same as me? As the year goes on I slowly take on more and more. It’s at this time of year I need to hit reset and remind myself of:

  1. what I want to be able say yes to
  2. how I feel when I say yes to the wrong things
  3. and make sure I’m clear what I want to be spending my time doing

So…what will you do less of in 2021? What would you like to stop doing altogether?

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