Have three things to do. No more. It’s hard.
Posted March 3, 2010on:
Three goals, only
At any one time in my life I have three goals. Only. For example, when I ran a large entry level course in New Zealand, my goals were
- the course
- settling in New Zealand
- my family in Zimbabwe
Whatever I did had to fit into one of those three boxes.
Settling on three goals is hard
Since I have moved to the UK, I have struggled to settle down to three goals. I need three catch-phrases that I can remember and that will persist for a few years at least.
As an academic, the three goals are easy: research/writing, teaching, community service.
Jim Collins has three goals: creativity & writing (50% plus), teaching (30%), other (20% or less). He has three stop watches in his pocket and he switches them on and off all day long. I could never be that compulsive but I like three goals and I like the way he commits half his time to one of them.
Then he has the “big jump” or mission. To leave a lasting body of work. Just in case you don’t know, Collins is know working on narratives of companies as “anti-heroes” – the story of failure.
What are your three goals?
Can you settle on three goals and state your “big jump” in a phrase?