I am trying something new this year. I actually have a theme for 2008. My theme is learning to get out of my comfort zone. Here are my reasons for creating a new year’s theme:
Focus. Maintaining just one theme throughout the year will help me stay focused and hopefully, make better progress.
Layered goal structure. I’ve found that I accomplish more if I have just one goal in front of me. At the same time, I want to have a big picture to know where I am heading and a clear set of actions to follow. My optimal structure has three layers: the theme, the goals to support my theme, and the steps to accomplish my goals.
Momentum. Working under a unifying theme builds momentum for growth and development, which is more difficult to achieve if you try to work on a list of unrelated things.
Process. My theme is process-oriented. It is about how I do things, as opposed to what I do. It allows me to apply my theme across the board, to a variety of projects. No matter what I do, I can ask myself how I can get out of my comfort zone to build a new mindset and new skills.
Am I missing any important component in my approach? Do you have a theme for 2008?