As 2011 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at this year’s most popular posts as determined by overall traffic. Starting this blog back in May was the realization of a personal goal for me. I appreciate your participation and support and thank you for reading this year!

The Top 5 Posts of 2011

  1. The Leadership Equation: Characteristics of a Good Leader
  2. The Leadership Equation: Truthfulness and Integrity
  3. The Leadership Equation: Faithfulness, Humility, and Servanthood
  4. The Best Week Ever: The Practice of Personal Productivity
  5. How to Feed Twitter with Your Shared Google Reader Items

Let me know your thoughts: What was your favorite post? What topics would like to see covered in 2012?

Thank goodness it is Friday.  Over the last two weeks I have missed a number of outcomes, have a below average velocity, and added more tasks to my backlog than I have removed.  Is it time to give up?

Absolutely not.  It is time to review why.

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Back in September, Mark Deaton, a reader of this blog, quoted Jim Rohn, a well known businessman and speaker. Jim stated that you should “never begin the day until it is finished on paper.” These fine gentleman are pointing out the importance of planning your day.

In the last post, we talked about the importance of starting your week right. In this post, we will discuss the importance of starting you day right with the daily planning session.

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When sprinting, the importance of a good start cannot be overstated. The sprinter who has the best start usually wins. If your week is like a sprint, you would want to ensure you have a great start to the week. In this post, we will apply the tools we reviewed in the last post to the Weekly Planning Session.
Sprint Start

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On October 22nd, I presented two sessions at BarCamp Charleston and had a great time. The first session was an “Introduction to node.js and socket.io.” The second session was on “Personal Productivity: Using Agile and Lean to Get Stuff Done.” I have uploaded my personal productivity slides here. Enjoy!

Productivity Session at BarCamp

I love power tools and completing projects around my house. For the first ten years of my married life, each project had that moment. The moment of frustration and despair when you recognize you are way over your head. Whether I was trying to drill a hole through a 2×4 in my attic with a large screwdriver and pliers or standing on a step ladder with a garbage can and garage door opener unit precariously resting on top, I recognized that I had the wrong tool to do the job. I am happy to report that after many trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s, I have finally reached tool saturation and can complete projects without three trips to the store.

My experiences have taught me that you need the right tool for the job. However, many productivity gurus avoid emphasizing the tools over the process/methodology for good reason. A tool can’t create lasting change in habit. The right tools, though, will remove barriers and allow you to focus on getting stuff done.

Fortunately, for the system I use, all the tools are free and don’t require you to purchase expensive software or notebooks. Here is the list of tools I use in order to support your Weekly Planning, Daily Planning, and Review sessions outlined in my previous post The Best Week Ever – The Practice of Personal Productivity.

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Recall the last work week where you felt good about your week. What made the week so good? Likely, you felt a sense of accomplishment and were able to complete a number of significant tasks. Wouldn’t it be great to end each week with a sense of accomplishment?

Maybe your answer is that you never have a good week or you believe that a week is not long enough to complete anything worthwhile or significant. Well, I am here to tell you that you can indeed accomplish much in a given week.

The Best Week Ever

In this post, I will give an overview of the process I use to make each week count by applying the principles we discussed previously.
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