“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

— Steve Jobs

Six months ago we polled women returning to work or in the process of creating new work to generate a list of relevant resolutions. This week we checked in on how they’re doing and evaluated progress as follows: G for “Great,” R for “Right on target,” O for “Oh no!” W for “What was I thinking anyway?”

The good news? We’re only six months in and there’s still time! Here’s a mid-year check-in on our ten favorite resos for 2016.

1.) Focus on the important, not the urgent. I bought myself a Self Journal that helps me think big, stay focused, and get more done. It’s a 13-week program based on compelling research regarding people who are happy and productive. It gets you thinking about and journaling your daily goals, gratitude statements, wins, and reflections. (Oh no. Where is that journal again? But the practice took root and I am more focused.)

2.) Liberate psychic space by editing physical space. Whether I start with holiday decor, my garage, or those rarely used mobile apps, my operative word this year will be edit. As my kids exit, I plan to think hard about what I really NEED and LOVE. Less is becoming more, and it’s incredibly freeing to enter a space that is organized and edited. My goal is to do one small edit each day, be it cubby, closet, or computer. (Right on target. Lots of donations. Less stuff in my house and mind, and others have benefited too.) 

3.) Create best work by establishing better boundaries. Emails, “musts,” and meetings, oh my! To minimize my work-creep and maximize my best work, I will periodically relocate to alternative times and places where I feel energized and optimized. And unsubscribe from those email lists I inadvertently joined while online shopping for the holidays. (Great on periodic relocation, Oh no! on email and meetings. What can I say?)

4.) Continue a growth mindset with purpose and passion. Learning new things keeps me flexible, inspires innovation, and brings me joy. I will continue the learning path ReBoot has started me on, whether it be in a “work” environment or in developing passions/hobbies. In the short term I have signed up for a portrait photography class (great for those LinkedIn head shots) and have joined SkillShare which offers tons of interesting classes. (Great! Feeling good about pursuing my growth mindset. And my new job!)

5.) View exercise and lunch as requirements, not options. For health increases, stress decreases, family and work relations, and world peace, we all commit to this. (What was I thinking? Sadly, not doing so well on this. More walks and less w(h)ine time needed.)

6.) Defend the right to work deep. Cal Newport writes, “deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy,” yet our open office spaces and 24/7 online lives are ripe for distraction. I will defend my right to deep work by time-blocking daily on my calendar. (Right on target. Thank you Google calendar.)

7.) Pursue the paper less path. For the love of sustainability, sanity, and group work, I will scan, share, and store information in the iCloud. (What was I thinking? Discovered I was pretty good at this already! Check check.)

8.) Lose limiting language. Habitual vs. meaning-full “sorries” and “justs” have got to go in 2016. It’s in goop and it’s unanimous here too. (Great! No apologies/qualifiers/explanations needed.)

9.) Ask someone new to coffee each week. To expand my mind and network, polish conversation skills, learn from other’s stories, and build human community I will initiate a coffee (wine, lunch) date with someone new each week. (Right on. One of the best things I’ve done for my career all year and a lot of fun.)

10.) Find an accountability partner. It will take more than my personal motivation for real change to take root. I will finally find an accountability partner or group to help me stay true to my stated goals, remind me why they were meaningful to me, and challenge me to place small bets so I can progress toward them. How to’s are here to help. (Right on. But need to revisit the “how tos” for a refresh.) 

Still resolved to ReBoot in 2016? Check out ReBoot Connect and Accelerator offerings. We’d love to support you and your goals this year.

“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.”

— Isaac Asimov

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Beth Kawasaki
Prior to ReBoot Accel, Beth went from the marketing and advertising management of big brands at P&G, Apple Computer, and Levi Strauss to raising a family, earning her M.A. in theology and gender justice issues, and engaging in advocacy work on behalf of marginalized girls and women in developing countries and communities.

Beth believes in the life long career and social impact potential of women and is committed to helping them get current, connected, and confident to return to the paid workplace.

About Beth Kawasaki

Prior to ReBoot Accel, Beth went from the marketing and advertising management of big brands at P&G, Apple Computer, and Levi Strauss to raising a family, earning her M.A. in theology and gender justice issues, and engaging in advocacy work on behalf of marginalized girls and women in developing countries and communities. Beth believes in the life long career and social impact potential of women and is committed to helping them get current, connected, and confident to return to the paid workplace.

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