Each month I pick a focus or a theme for my improvement sprint. I find it's easier to start and stop a new sprint each month, rather than start in the middle of a month and try and remember when to stop. I also like the fact that each month is a fresh start. Cycling through a new improvement sprint each month, gives me 12 sprints I can allocate to whatever I want or need to focus on. This keeps me learning and growing throughout the year in a simple, but systematic way. Each month I can do another sprint on the same topic or pick a new area to explore. Periodically, I try to inject an improvement sprint that focuses on something physical. For example, last year I did a living foods improvement sprint and in another sprint I worked up to roller-blading 15+ miles a day.
Here's the improvement sprints I've done so far this year:
- JAN - Leadership skills / Microsoft leadership skills
- FEB - Effective blogging
- MAR - Effective blogging (I continued researching effective blogging practices)
- APR - SEO practices (studying blogging practices lead me down the SEO path)
Sometimes I'll do more than one sprint for a month, but in general I try to stick with one theme. The power of the sprint is the focus. Its easier for me to stay focused when I remind myself I can switch focus each month.
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