Generate a list of 10 ideas for your most important goals in Q3. (Later in the week we will edit that list).
Consider a "hypothesis" you have about something in your organization.
Design 2 quick, cheap, simple "experiments" you can run to get immediate feedback.
Be extremely intentional today about doing a "complete shutdown" at the end of the day so you can fully recharge this weekend. If you have a pre-vacation shutdown routine, do that.
If not, here are some ideas:
Look at your calendar, inbox, and master task list. Select the major things you want to tackle on Monday morning and prioritize them.
At the end of the day, declare your “shutdown complete” and try not to look at work items all weekend. Try to fully recharge and occupy your mind with other things - family, sports, being outdoors - so you can come in on Monday morning and crush it.
Connect with that person on your team who’s struggling to meet their quarterly goals. Help them determine a plan to get it across the line.
“Less but better.” - Dieter Rams
Identify 3 things to take off your agenda this week that seem a distraction from your highest priorities.
Today you will likely have several moments with members of your team in the hall, in between meetings, etc.
Instead of making small talk, use the time to really connect with the person. Ideas include asking about a challenging work issue they care about or asking a question about something you know they’re interested in.
Take a look at your performance goals for the quarter. You have 3 weeks left.
What do you need to do to make sure you get them all across the line?
Make sure you also consider any developmental goals you've set.
In his research on mastery, Erik Andersson identifies the elements the worlds best performers use each time they practice:
- have a stretch goal, slightly outside your comfort zone
- apply full concentration and effort
- find ways to get immediate feedback and correction
- repeat, with reflection and refinement
Choose a skill you’re working on and carve out some time for deliberate practice.
Take an upcoming decision about how to allocate your time and apply extreme criteria.
Give yourself two options: "Hell yes" or “no." Or, said another way, is this thing you’re considering doing a 9 out of 10?
"A ship in harbor is safe. But that is not what ships are for.” - J.A. Shedd
Identify 1 thing to do to pull you towards your goals that is 20% outside your comfort zone.