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365 Days

Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 | No Comments

For what seems like the millionth time, I’ve recently been watching the entire 7 series of critically acclaimed and in my opinion – amazing - “The West Wing”.

I’ve just finished series 6, but found myself watching an episode called “365 Days”, in which Leo McGarry, the former Chief of Staff returns to the White House following a heart attack and sets about finding himself something to do to make himself useful to the President. What Leo comes up with is a senior staff meeting, a whiteboard and an inspiring speech, which basically asks the question what the staff would like to achieve in their last year in office – hence “365 Days”.

Today is the first day of a New Year and I’m looking around at Twitter and my social networks seeing people set out their New Years Resolutions. I’ve never been much of a fan of New Years Resolutions, as I’ve never liked the idea of only setting myself goals at one time of the year instead of as and when they are needed.

But not one to miss an opportunity and having been inspired by Leo, I’ve been thinking what is in store for my next 365 days.

I already know that my first two months of this year are taken up with a all out attack on producing documentation and writing procedures for work – it was something I was briefed on before the Christmas holidays. After that though, the path is unclear.

Being the geek that I am, I’ve had an idea for a little while now that I would like to have a whiteboard on my kitchen wall and I want to start to populate that board with these very goals and aspirations that I set myself over the next 365 days. Not only does this get me the whiteboard I want, it also re-enforces and helps me set goals and focus on achieving them.

I think its a flawless idea – I’m unsure quite why I’m justifying myself here on my blog, but I am (guess if I write it down, then I have to do it).

Unfortunately the only clip I can find on YouTube of how this whiteboard and idea of setting goals over a 365 day schedule is in Italian, but please watch on anyway, the message comes across loud and clear and the flow of ideas are soon trickling with ease.

That’s how I want my 2011 to be.



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