In #uppingyourgame: an educator’s guide to productivity I mention an idea originally by Dan Pink in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. It’s a fairly simple idea, but involves a journey that I want to share publicly. Why? It will motivate me even more and make explicit the process involved in case others want to do likewise! 🙂
The idea is that of ‘calling yourself into the office’ once a month for a review meeting. Just as you would do at a performance management review, you should be testing yourself against a set of goals or targets that were set at the previous meeting. As this is the first of these monthly posts I’m planning to share this one is just target-setting. The next of these will include a review and then further target-setting.
I’m going to set myself 5 targets for this month:
- To write and send off my first academic journal article, applying Empson’s seven types of ambiguity to the issue of digital literac(ies).
- Not to bite my nails at all (it’s not particularly a nervous thing – I only do this whilst I’m reading or driving for some reason…)
- To continue to publish a blog post here every day without fail.
- Book a laser eye surgery appointment (I’m sick to death of wearing contact lenses and glasses!)
- To lose one stone in weight (I’m currently 14 stones, which my Wii Fit thinks is too much – I’m 6’1″)
I think all that’s eminently do-able!
Anyone want to join me in this public journey of self-improvement? :-p