Monthly Improvement Sprints


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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Comments (4)

  1. Justin says:

    导读今天发现了这篇非常精彩的,内容超级丰富的文章,实在忍不住,转载于此。

    原文地址:http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier/archive/2008/10/13/effective

  2. I tested Evernote with my time management system, The Zen of Results .  Evernote is like ITunes