Schedule Weekly Brainstorming Sessions With A Friend
Sorry for the lack of updates but I've been in New York for the past week catching up with friends all over this big city. I'll be here for the next month (ahhh the joys of working from your laptop) in the Big Apple and in my home state of Connecticut to not only take a well deserved break but to hopefully inspire myself to go harder in 2017.
As the year comes to a close, its time to start reflecting on your accomplishments and to start planning for the future. This leads to the topic of this blog entry which is 'scheduling weekly check-ins and brainstorm sessions with a friend.' It's something I believe we all need to start doing. Why? Because life moves too damn fast and we need to take a moment and talk about it. So far, myself and one of my best friends Eric have put this practice into action.
Here are the benefits that we've experienced thus far:
-Validation. We talk out our ideas and best practices.
-Recognition. We reflect on our weekly accomplishments and provide positive reinforcement
-Accountability. We create action items to execute that week.
-Relationship. These sessions allow us to stay up to date on our lives on a weekly basis.
For those who need things drawn out (like myself!), here is how you should go about this:
1) Choose a friend that wants to do this with you. Hopefully you have at least one open-minded friend that's not gonna require much effort bringing in.
2) Choose a weekly time that works for both of you. We choose Sunday nights around 6pm PST. It's less busier for the both of us since both our weekends are winding down and preparing for our Mondays. Every now and then this time becomes tentative due to unforeseen events but we usually are both able to make this work. Try not to miss a week!
3) Create an agenda. The first session should be your longest as you may need to talk out what you want to accomplish with these meetings. From there, weekly agendas should be rather easy.
4) Set a time limit. Eric and I live on opposite coasts so we need to be conscious of each other's times. We try and stick to one hour max but sometimes we get so fired up from certain topics that we end up maxing out at 2 hours. (Seems like good practice for a potential podcast.)
5) Create an Action items list. 2-3 items that you know you can achieve for the week. You can also create a long term list for items you may have missed or that may take longer than a week to finish.
6) Follow up Summary Email. Usually I let Eric handle this since he likes to take notes during our sessions and has a better memory than me.
I urge everyone to try this out for a month and provide me with their results in the comments below. I expect nothing but great things!