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Revisiting My 3 Words for 2012

Welcome to July. We are now 50% of the way through putting 2012 in the history books. Have you taken time to review your personal and professional goals?

For the past few weeks my team has been busy putting together our plans for the 2nd half of 2012 and sharing them with various teams. Part of this process includes reviewing our progress on the projects that we committed to, reviewing our accomplishments and understanding how strategic priorities may have shifted. The time that goes into this is one of the most valuable uses of my time because I believe in building a plan that has support and that people understand. While not as rigorous of a process, I’ve also been reviewing the personal objectives and goals that I set our for myself

As I worked through these plans, I reviewed them against the 3 words that I set out at the beginning of the year. The 3 words that I chose as my guiding pillars for 2012 were: Consistency, Balance, & Ship. Let’s review why I selected these words and where I currently stand with them:

Consistency

Objective: Remaining consistent in my processes and systems that help me to stay productive. Remaining consistent in my presence and level of engagement on social platforms. Remaining consistent in my fitness and nutrition.

Grade: Fair

I have remained consistent in my processes and systems, and have continually improved them along the way which has only improved my efficiency. I have remained fairly consistent with my online presence and level of engagement on social platforms, though I have made a few tweaks to allow me to be even more consistent. One area that I haven’t remained consistent with has been my writing. Writing more both here, launching my new newsletter and writing on our company blogs will be areas that I put more focus into during the next few months. Developing processes and organizing my workday even more will help with this. I’m proud that I’ve stayed consistent with my fitness and nutrition. However, I’ve been nursing a pulled muscle in my back for the past few weeks which have thrown off both my fitness and nutrition. The pulled muscle being mostly healed, I’ll be back in the gym early on Monday morning.

Balance

Objective: Striking a balance between time spent engaging on work versus personal social channels. Achieving balance between strategy development and executing. More work/life balance between time spent working versus doing anything else but work.

Grade: Good

As we’ve grown our social team, the time that I’m spending engaging through work social channels has greatly shifted. While I spend time every day monitoring our social channels, we have an amazing community manager, a great social support lead and a number of other team members who spend a majority of their time engaging in our social channels. This has allowed me more time to work on developing strategic plans, execute against those projects and have more flexibility in supporting other initiatives.

I’ve tried to take more time exploring the Bay Area, even if it’s a quick trip down the street to grab ice cream and take in the beautiful view. I’ve also been taking more time to read, consume content and catch up on a few TV series that I’ve been meaning to watch. These are all things that get me away from work projects and enjoying other interests.

Ship

Objective: With a laundry list of projects to accomplish, ensuring these projects don’t get stuck in an “In Progress” queue is key. Shipping these projects, even if not perfect, has been important to me.

Grade: Good

I’m proud of the number of projects that I’ve completed, both at home and work. While many of them have been internal projects for work, there have been a number of external projects that have shipped including launching the GoTo blog, launching Facebook sweepstakes for our GoToAssist, GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting pages and launching the redesign of my website. There are a few projects that weren’t accomplished as planned during the first half of the year but these have been rolled over into Q3 and will be tackled over the next couple months.

Overall I’m happy with where I stand and the 3 words that I chose still remain relevant for the next 6 months of 2012. Going through this review process hones my focus on accomplishing my goals even more. It reminds me why I chose these guiding pillars and projects.

What about you? How are you progressing? Where do you need to add more focus?

Photo Credit: Charlie Bird

  • http://ariherzog.com/ Ari Herzog

    On a side note, Justin, is there a benefit to having multiple Facebook pages — GoToAssist, GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting — and not one master?

  • http://justinrlevy.com Justin Levy

    Yes, because each of these are individual products with different customer bases, it allows us to provide specific content and support to those communities. For example, GoToAssist customers tend to be IT professionals while a GoToMeeting customer may be a small business owner. Their needs and the content that will be helpful to each of them is different. We do have a corporate Facebook Page (http://facebook.com/citrix) where we drive corporate news and other relevant content through.

  • http://justinrlevy.com/ justinlevy

    Yes, because each of these are individual products with different customer bases, it allows us to provide specific content and support to those communities. For example, GoToAssist customers tend to be IT professionals while a GoToMeeting customer may be a small business owner. Their needs and the content that will be helpful to each of them is different. We do have a corporate Facebook Page (http://facebook.com/citrix) where we drive corporate news and other relevant content through.