[bd] I tend to mention goals a lot. While I still think they’re very important – if you aren’t moving in a specific direction, how do you know you aren’t going in circles, right? – I just came across this very interesting article suggesting it might be more important to focus on systems and processes.
To summarize the article with an example, let’s say I want this to be the last year I work for someone other than the gearheads of the world (read: you). The goal might be to formalize our non-profit status and get US$100,000 in grant funding so Deanna, Alex, and I can at least move to part time jobs while we shift this little media/events company into high gear. A process I might focus on as part of this goal might be to spend at least one evening each week researching various non-profit business/media structures (how is NPR organized, for example).
The question posed by this article is simple. Using the example above, if I focus on spending one evening a week researching non-profit business structure and examples, how likely am I to achieve my goal – even if I don’t have the goal in the first place? I find this pretty interesting. It ties into the critical and/or important vs. non-critical/non-important organizational guidelines proposed by Stephen Covey in his everyone’s-heard-of-it-by-now book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
I was excited when I read the author of the Entrepreneur article say he focused on a process of writing one article twice a week and found himself with over 115,000 words written – basically two books – over the course of 2013. As a writer myself, I found that pretty exciting. I mean, we often find ourselves right up against deadline with some of our interviews, so doing something like that for myself this coming year would likely bring some good results.
With the new year literally right around the corner, I have a real desire to move this little media company into a more constructive, useful space. I want GBXM|united to be a valuable resource for you. Every little improvement we make to our vehicles is also an improvement we make in ourselves. There’s immense value in that and I want this company to be a catalyst for helping you tap that exceptional power found only in gearheads.
If you’ve got the time, I highly recommend you check out the article. There’s some neat ideas.