Each year I choose a theme that helps me to focus on accomplishing more and reaching my goals. My themes are typically one or two words that sum up an area I need to work on during that year. Examples of themes might be “Productivity,” “Revenue,” “Visibility,” “Service,” “Health,” “Relationships,” etc.
I use my theme to help me choose the actions I will take during the year, and where I will put my efforts. Each week I choose at least one thing I will do that is related to the theme. For example, if my theme was “Visibility” I might send a press release, or write an article for publication, or submit a proposal to speak at a conference…you get the idea.
Another way to use a theme is to evaluate opportunities that come up. When deciding if something is a good use of my time one of the questions I ask myself is if that activity is consistent with my theme.
This year’s theme is “Systems.” That means that I am looking for ways to streamline, standardize and automate as many functions as I can. Setting up systems will help me do more in less time, which means I can make more money while having more free time. I like that!
If you have never had a theme, why not give it a try? My themes tend to be annual, but your theme can be monthly, or quarterly, or until you get the results you are looking for.
Start by asking yourself some questions. What are your most important goals? What are the obstacles that stand between you and your goals? What changes would make you healthier, wealthier or happier? What is one broad term that encompasses what you need to do to get from where you are to where you want to be?
Make it positive. “Stop procrastinating” is negative. I would probably choose a theme such as “Now” or “Do it now.”
Here are some additional examples of theme words:
Once you have selected your theme word, make up some cards with the theme word. Put them on your laptop, your desk, your bulletin board, in your wallet…anywhere you will see your theme word often and keep it in mind.
Then live with your theme in mind.
What is your theme going to be this year?