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Use a Schedule and Plan to Implement Your New Year's Resolution to Make Breakthroughs

Dec 25, 2007
Many people feel overwhelmed when they first think about learning how to accomplish 20 times as much with the same time, effort, and resources. Some assume it will take years to master this new discipline. That's not the case: Most people will be able to create their first breakthrough solution (accomplishing 20 times as much) with less than 80 hours of individual effort.

In this article, I outline how to focus your attention to accomplish the most as you learn to be more effective. Make a copy of this article and post it where you will see it every day. Write down the tasks outlined below on your calendar and check on your progress once a week to be sure you are on schedule.

You will gain the most if you write summaries of your learning about accomplishing 20 times as much. The following is an outline of what most people have found to be helpful to them.

The suggested schedule assumes that you can devote at least 30 hours a month to this learning. That's an hour a day for most months. If you cannot spend that much time, stretch out this schedule accordingly.

Month 1: Take notes on your personal and organizational stalls (bad habits that delay your progress), potential stallbusters (ways to eliminate bad habits) and possible areas for accomplishing 20 times as much.

By doing this reading and thinking, you'll begin to eliminate bad habits that are holding you back from accomplishing more. with those bad habits starting to dissolve, it will be easier for you to develop new and more effective habits.

Month 2: Consider in detail how to go through the 8 steps required to make 20 times improvements. These steps are:

1. Understand the importance of measuring performance.

2. Decide what to measure.

3. Identify the future best practice and measure it.

4. Implement beyond the future best practice.

5. Identify the ideal best practice.

6. Pursue the ideal best practice.

7. Select the right people and provide the right motivation.

8. Repeat the first seven steps.

This process will help you pick the right focus for your first breakthrough solution and speed your progress in developing that solution.

Month 3: Write four essays.

a. Describe your personal and organizational stalls (1,000-2,000 words)

b. Propose two or more stallbusters for each stall (2,000-3,000 words)

c. Describe a 2,000 percent solution you want to create (1,000 words)

d. Apply the 8-step process to create that solution (3,000-6,000 words)

Month 4: Share your essays with others who know you and your organization to obtain comments.

Month 5: Rewrite your essays based on the comments.

Month 6: Begin implementing your solution. Find people who want to learn how to create breakthrough solutions.

Months 7-11: Mentor those people who want to learn how to create breakthrough solutions through the process you used.

Month 12: Begin repeating the activities of Months 1-5. This is important because you'll create vastly greater effectiveness by repeating the learning process you used for your first breakthrough solution.

Month 18: Begin implementing your revised breakthrough solution.

Month 19: Begin developing a breakthrough solution in a second area.

Month 24: Begin implementing your breakthrough solution in a second area.

Month 25: Begin developing a breakthrough solution in a third area.

Build your own schedule from there to keep working on new breakthrough solutions while also repeating your investigation of areas where you already created breakthrough solutions.

If you find that mentoring others is something you enjoy and would like to do more of, add one new student a month for 24 months. Ask those students to do the same for other students.

If everyone taught 24 people on this schedule, the whole world would learn how to make breakthroughs within three years.

Wouldn't that be a breakthrough?

Have fun!
About the Author
Donald Mitchell is coauthor of six books including The 2,000 Percent Squared Solution, The 2,000 Percent Solution, and The 2,000 Percent Solution Workbook. Read about creating breakthroughs through 2,000 percent solutions by registering for free at

http://www.2000percentsolution.com .
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