Organizing Your Schedule for Learning How to Accomplish 20 Times as Much
Author: Donald Mitchell
Many people feel a little lost 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 2,000 percent 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.
You will gain the most if you write essays that summarize 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. This reading and thinking will help you 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 2,000 percent solution and speed your progress in developing that solution and putting it into place.
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 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 2,000 percent solutions.
Months 7-11: Mentor those people who want to learn how to create 2,000 percent 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 2,000 percent solution.
Month 18: Begin applying your revised 2,000 percent solution.
Month 19: Begin developing a 2,000 percent solution in a second area.
Month 24: Begin implementing your 2,000 percent solution in a second area.
Month 25: Start developing a 2,000 percent solution in a third area.
Set your own schedule from there to keep working on new 2,000 percent solutions while also repeating your investigation of areas where you already created 2,000 percent solutions.
If you find that you enjoy mentoring others and would like to do more of it, 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, almost everyone would learn how to use this process within three years.
Copyright 2007 by Donald W. Mitchell, All Rights Reserved
About the author: Donald Mitchell is CEO of Mitchell and Company, a strategy and financial consulting firm in Weston, MA. He is coauthor of The 2,000 Percent Solution which shows you how to identify stalls and eliminate them. The 2,000 Percent Solution Workbook provides detailed advice on how to go through each step in the 2,000 percent solution process. Free excerpts from The 2,000 Percent Solution at: http://www.2000percentsolution.com.
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