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