My plan for the first period: how am I going to achieve my first sub-targets?

Hello, hello! Today I’m going to continue with more detailed planning in order get started with my journey for real instead of just speculating it. Well prepared is half done – right? ; )

So, now it’s time to create a detailed plan for the first 3 months which is the duration of the first period. Similar planning will be done in the beginning of each period. This might sound over complexifying the process, but at least it work at work, so why not also in personal life? As I have wrote before, this helps making the to-do list more concrete and avoid stress related to the topic as you can allow yourself to focus only on limited topics at the time and leave the rest out of your mind as they will be something you will focus later on in the upcoming periods. I’m looking forward to test how this works and whether I will need to modify it one way or the other to suit personal life needs : )

What I need to now do:

  1. Choose which sub-targets I will focus on in this period (this I have done already in the previous post)
  2. Plan, how I’m going to demo that I have achieved these targets (e.g. is it a photo before / after situation, is it a certificate of some sports event, it is some average calculation of hours spent on sleeping, specific sports etc.).
  3. Divide each of your target to stories / tasks which are achievable during 4 week sprint. Thus you know what you need to do in practice to achieve the target.
  4. Schedule all these tasks to the 3 sprints so you know which task you will focus in each sprint.
  5. When doing the scheduling, remember to consider potential conflicts between different tasks. E.g. it’s not smart to choose several similar tasks to one sprint, as an example if all your stories require some reading / research it might get a bit boring sprint if all you do is read, read and read and you might not even be able to read 10 different books in one sprint. Thus it’s better to make sure that what ever you schedule for the sprint, you are also able to finish and get thus direct benefit out of it. So instead of aiming to read introductions of 10 different book, rather choose one book that you can read properly with time.
  6. After each sprint you must demo which tasks you have been able to complete and plan / revise the content for the next sprint. This means that the original plan will be updated during the journey and that it will be natural part of the process. This is also the reason why one period has several sprints, because it secures that there are enough check-points to keep the plan systematically relevant and up-to-date.

Based on the above points I have built myself a plan for the on-going sprint. Even though I have talked a lot tat prioritization is important and it’s a mistake to try to cover too many changes at the same time, I noticed once again that it’s harder done than said while building my own plan. Temptation was huge to choose much more targets and tasks to this period as everything seems to interesting in the beginning. But I tried to control myself and only choose realistic amount of topics to cover during this period.

Below you see the end results of my period-plan. I’m going to print it on my door in order to keep it clear in my mind during the next 3 months. I’m also going to do my sprint demo here in the blog after every sprint and share with you what I managed to cover, what I need to postpone to next sprint and analyze the sprint learnings in general.

 

How to make your targets achievable? My plan for next 365 days

Today I’m finally writing down how I’m planning to divide my targets into more achievable sub-targets and how I utilize the “Agile” framework I described in my previous post. Doing this will help me to plan my journey for the next 365 days and increase the likelihood of achieving it!

First step when doing this planning is to divide the main targets into few sub-targets. This will form the so called “backlog” which is a list of things I want to achieve during my journey. My sub-targets could be the following:

Sports: I want to run a marathon as part of an official running event.

  1. Run 10km in less than 60min
  2. Run half-marathon
  3. Run full marathon (final target)

Wellbeing / Body: I’m going to improve my flexibility and balance by doing yoga more frequently and thus to be able to perform all “Advanced” level asanas defined by Yoga Journal

  1. Learn “Beginners” level asanas
  2. Learn “Intermediate” level asanas
  3. Learn “Advanced” level asanas (final target)

Energy: I’m going to improve my worst habits in order to feel better and more energetic both at work and sports. To ensure my progress, I’m going to use InBody -measurement as a proof of it and especially the “visceral fat” measure which I’m going to decrease by 0.5 percent points.

  1. Analyze and identify top 10 problem areas in your behavior
  2. Fix 2-3 at a time until all 10 are fixed

This is the list of things I want to get done during next 365 days. It might still change during the journey once I get wiser, but at least this list is a good starting point. When I look these things individually, I think they start to look quite reasonable and easily approachable compared to the complete targets!

Second step is to build the schedule. As my own deadline is in 365 days, it can be nicely split into four 3 months periods. For a sprint duration I decided to choose 4 weeks a.k.a one month. This duration is the maximum for a sprint as having a detailed plan for 4 weeks ahead might be already challenging as the amount of unknown increases so much for the latter part of the sprint (e.g. unknown business trips, sickness…). But I’m anyway going to try 4 weeks sprints, and if needed shorten them during the journey.

Third step is to choose targets for the first period. It’s naturally smart to start with the “easiest” ones which will build the foundation for the final targets. I chose my first period targets to be “10km run in less than 60min”, “Beginners level asanas”, “Identifying my top 10 worst behaviors” and “Fixing the first two”,

Based on the above, my plan for the next 365 days will look the following:

Fourth step will then be all about creating a detailed plan for the first period. In practice this will mean creating “stories” and “tasks” that take me to the first sub-targets and scheduling them for the sprints. I will talk about this on a separate post though as otherwise this post will end up being a mile long : )

If there is someone behind the screen reading this blog, I will challenge also you to join my project. Please share your own target in the comment box and accompany me for to the next 365 days : )