What will you do differently in the New Year to improve your project delivery?
Before you answer that question, I want you to consider setting a goal theme for 2022.
Let me explain.
What’s a goal theme?
A goal theme is a topic you choose to focus on for the year, where all your planned actions are aligned to help you achieve this one theme.
Unlike aiming to achieve a single goal or list of actions (which may often be disjointed to other things you want to do), a goal theme requires you to look at every part of your life holistically, so you can consider how you will support yourself to achieve your theme.
A goal theme example
Let’s say your goal theme for the year ahead is to have more time to spend with family or friends without compromise.
To achieve this, you’ll need to consider what is currently consuming your time and implement actions which will help you to either reduce the number of things that are taking up your time, or improve your efficiency.
What should you do before you choose a goal theme?
Before the year ends, you would have created a plan of the projects you intend to roll out for the next 3, 6, or 12 months.
At least, I hope that you’ve created a plan. If you haven’t, then this is definitely where you need to start. Having a roadmap of what’s to come helps you to be better prepared to make more informed decisions, to know who you will need to involve and how much of your time will be required.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by starting a long-term plan, then check out my article on Powerful Project Planning: How To Plan For Success Every Time to help you get started with confidence.
Once you have your plan, decide on the goal theme you intend to work on during the year. While you can have more than one goal theme, I wouldn’t recommend any more than three as this will become too overwhelming and you’ll be less likely to accomplish what you’re setting out to achieve.
Ideas for goal themes
Now you know what goal themes are and what you should do before you get started, it’s time to choose a goal theme to focus on for the year ahead.
For an overview of considerations for delivering powerful projects download my 20 Ways to More Powerful Projects guide. This is a starting point and will give you an idea of how you should be operating.
Here are some specific suggestions for project improvement goal themes.
How to take action on your goal theme
Once you’ve decided on your theme, you need to set the actions to support achieving the theme.
Here are 3 steps to help you decide what actions will bring you closer to your theme goal.
1. What’s causing the need for your theme?
2. What can you do to create or facilitate a change to the above causes?
Sometimes it’s a case of we don’t know what we don’t know.
It may simply be that we need to become aware of the above causes to start to change them. Step #1 above should help you flush the causes out.
Some considerations for how you can create change could include:
3. What actions will you commit to for your goal theme?
Resources to help improve focus, efficiency, accountability, and results
Now that you have a plan and a goal theme focus, you need to make sure you have the resources to keep your goals on track, maintain accountability, track your progress, and continue to improve your results.
How do you do this?
To begin with and to make sure you start this process considering all possibilities for improvement, I have included the link to my very popular 20 ways to More Powerful Projects downloadable guide.
Download the 20 Ways to More Powerful Projects here
Helpful resources to help you achieve your goal theme.
Articles and guides
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