This week I’ve introduced a new way to set and focus on goals, for both my daughter and me. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to think of implementing this approach into my personal life, as it is one of the techniques I include in my coaching for teams who are starting out on their transformation to the Agile project management way of working.
In the Agile way of working, teams that use the scrum framework work in iterations called sprints of between one and four weeks. In order to keep the team focused on achieving their commitments for the sprint, the team co-creates what are known as sprint goals at the start of the sprint. Then at the start of every day, the team gets together to review whether they are on track to meet their sprint goals. If they are, high fives all round and they continue with their day’s work. If not, the team put their heads together to determine how they can make up the delay. The focus is always on their goals as a team.
The idea of setting goals in our personal lives is to bring purpose to the front and center of our lives. So many of us live to the beat of a schedule that is set by school or work. We move through each day on autopilot, rarely pausing to wonder if the day has brought us any pleasure. And while setting goals don’t remove this, we can rethink our purpose for going to school and to work by crafting goals that will bring us happiness within that context. Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why, says
Returning from work feeling inspired, safe, fulfilled and grateful is a natural human right to which we are all entitled and not a modern luxury that only a few lucky ones are able to find.
So this week my daughter and I are going to try this way of working to achieve our goals. We are starting out with just one goal each. My goal is to train three times this week. Hers is to run at least once this week. Goals without a plan are just dreams, to coin a phrase. So of course, this approach requires a plan or a schedule. Our plan for this week is to do a training run today, then my daughter’s goal for the week will be achieved. My plan is to carry on and run again on Thursday morning and we are both running the World Heart Day fun run on Saturday morning which is being hosted by the Cardiology Division of my daughter’s university.
Goals set and plan in place! It will be interesting to see how this approach unfolds and whether it will translate into fulfillment and satisfaction at the end of every week. We will end each week with reflection on how the week went. Did we achieve our goals? If yes, high fives all round. If not, what can we change to improve our chances of achieving next week’s goals.
Until next time ☕️