Sunday, April 9, 2017

Weekly Goals #37: Reset

Last week I was facilitating a week-long event at one of my plants in Philadelphia. It was an intense but good experience, but now I am ready for a week of recovery before traveling again the following week. I do not have many obligations at work, either, and the weather will be beautiful.

1. Make appointment for eye exam. I'm almost out of contacts.
2. Finish painting front door.
3. F 2-3 days
4. Go for hikes/walks most days of the week
5. Bible study on Thursday
6. Easter lunch with family
7. Personal goal (no A or P)
8. Look into yoga class

1. Track savings for project
2. Help with onboarding of new co-worker
3. Mid-year performance review
4. Expense report
5. Summarize expedite data
6. Prep for 5S kaizen pre-event next week:
    a. Inventory list
    b. general prep list
    c. 5S flyer
7. Random email catching-up

Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017 First Quarter Reflection

Ultimate purpose:
To love God with my heart, mind, and soul, and to share His love using the gifts and abilities He has given me.

3-5 Year Objectives:
1. Be healthy in mind, body, and soul
2. Share God's love with others
3. Contribute to the field of continuous improvement

Annual Goals and Activities:
1.1 Care for my mind:
      1.1.1 Attend >/= 12 counseling sessions. Status: O - 4/12 sessions completed.
      1.1.2 Post weekly goals in A Running Tally. Status: △ - 11/12 posts
      1.1.3 Post quarterly 2017 goal progress update in A Running Tally. Status: O - 1/4 posts.
      1.1.4 Keep a log of when I go outside my comfort zone and the results UPDATE 1/22: This has                    been going well, so adding a metric for Q1 of a total of 107 entries, then re-evaluate at Q1                    reflection. Status: X - 47 out of 107 entries. Action plan: Post a reminder with quotes

1.2 Care for my body:
      1.2.1 Personal goal #1. Result: X - 18 times. Yikes. Action plan:
               a. Increased counseling sessions in February to 2x month. Result: ~20% decline in incidents.
               b. Incorporate weekly detox days. Result: 33% decline in incidents.
               c. Limit F when having A. Result: Not started.
               d. When traveling, plan a treat meal at the end.
               e. Listen to 2 podcasts per month related to topic.
      1.2.2 Personal goal #2. Result: X - Gave up this goal.
      1.2.3 Strength training and/or yoga 2x per week. Result: X - 11/24 times. Action plan: Find and sign-up for yoga classes.
      1.2.4 Track my daily nutritional intake. Result: X - about 50%. Gave up this goal, but found a new one.
      1.2.5 Detox 1-2 days per week. So far, have done 7 days in one month with good results. It's hard, but it's worth it.
1.3 Care for my soul.
      1.3.1 Write verse and thoughts in journal each day. Result: X - about 50%. Action plan: Do first thing when I get to work. Try writing on a note card and posting instead of in journal.
      1.3.2 Attend church >/= 40 times. Result: △ - 7 times.
      1.3.3 Read the following 3 books:
               a. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Result: X - 1 chapter. Removing goal in lieu of weekly Bible study.
               b. Confessions by St. Augustine
               c. The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton Removed 1/22
      1.3.4 Attend 2 semesters of small group study

2.1 Complete and publish book
      2.1.1 Publish book 100% on by June. Result: △ - 10/30 chapters done.
      2.1.2 Improve book with feedback. Result: △ - done for the 10 chapters published so far.
      2.1.3 Publish book on Amazon via CreateSpace by October. Result: TBD.

2.2 Become foster parents
      2.2.1 Obtain foster parent certification. Remaining items:
               a. Fire inspection. Result: O - Done.
               b. Cats rabies shots. Result: O - Done.
               c. Physicals. Result: O - Done
               d. CPR / bloodborne pathogens training. Status: O - Done
      2.2.2 Provide respite care for children. Status: TBD.

2.3 Love my family and friends
      2.3.1 Give a card and/or gift for the birthdays of 36 people. Status: O - 10/35 cards done and sent.
      2.3.2 Spend time with family >/= 25 times, possibly including: Status: △ - 4/25 visits. Action Plan: Initiate more visits instead of letting others do that.
               a. Trip to see my college with my sister. Status: O - Planned, plane tix purchased, college visit arranged, and rough agenda completed.
               b. Play in Feb with my dad and nephew. Status: O - done.
               c. CO vacation with Shane's family
               d. CO vacation with my family
               e. Oct wedding in Maine.
               f. Thanksgiving with my family
               g. Christmas with Shane's family
               h. 4th of July at my house?
      2.3.3 Continue to provide love and support to my younger sister
               a. College trip. Status: O - planning almost done.
               b. Summer visit. Status: TBD
               c. Answer her calls whenever I can. Status: O - All calls (about 4-5) immediately answered or returned ASAP.
               d. Reach out to her daily. Status: X - About 50-60%. Action plan - post reminder in journal.
               e. Care packages / letters. Status: O - two letters and one care package.

3.1 Develop knowledge of continuous improvement (CI)
      3.1.1 Listen to >/= 100 podcasts (i.e. Kainexus and Gemba Academy). Status: O - 29/100.
      3.1.2 Read >/= 10 7 books, including:
               a. Toyota Kata. Status - ordered.
               b. Beyond Strategic Vision. Status: 30% done.
               c. Creating a Kaizen Culture. Status: Not ordered.
               d. Creating a Lean Culture. Status: 50% done.
               e. The Power of Habit. Status: Not ordered.
               f.  Drive
               g. Consulting for Dummies
               h. Lean Six Sigma for Service. Status: Not ordered.
               i. One Small Step Can Change Your Life
               j. The Four Hour Work Week. Status: Not ordered.
      3.1.3 Write 20 5 blog posts about CI (inc. reviews of the above books). Result: X - 1/20 done. Need to give my book priority, so reducing to 5 posts.
      3.1.4 If #2.1 is done, pursue master's certificate in Lean Six Sigma (Villanova?). Status: X - due to budget constraints this year (outside of my control). Will try again next year.
      3.1.5 Attend a lean/CI conference if I have the opportunity. Status: O - amazingly, despite the budget constraints, I got permission to go to AME in October. I'm extremely excited.
3.2 Practice continuous improvement skills
      3.2.1 Execute >/= 4 DMAIC projects. Result: △ - first project delayed 1 month, but on-track to finish by end of April.
      3.2.2 Execute >/= 3 Kaizen events - Status: O - first event will be completed by the end of April.
      3.2.3 Have >/= 2 coaching sessions with each of my Green Belts. Status: O - 22/24 sessions done. This has turned out to be a very enjoyable part of my work.

4.1 Other (nice to have, but not necessary)
     4.1.1 Paint my kitchen. Status: O - Done!
     4.1.2 Paint my dining room with my mom. Status: O - Done!
     4.1.3 Paint my front door.
     4.1.4 Develop my personal style Status: not important, removing goal.
     4.1.5 NEW GOAL - Paint office with my mom.
5.1 Look for additional opportunities for growth and service

Weekly Goals #36: The End of Quarter 1

Wow - the first quarter of 2017 is drawing to a close. To be honest, it has not been as good as I had wanted, but I'll save the details for my quarterly reflection post next week.

Lately I have noticed my goals posts becoming more of to-do lists, which is really just duplicating the ones I have already. I'm going to attempt more broader goals this week and see how that goes.

1. Take care of my body.
2. Network with at least two members of upper management.
3. Wednesday - F (work from home)
3. Gain consensus with key stakeholders prior to Thursday's Gate Review.
4. Gain consensus with all stakeholders on Project RH next steps via the Gate Review.
5. Gain consensus on sub-project next steps at stakeholder meeting on Friday.
6. Two cadence calls.
7. Counseling appointment.
8. Finish editing then publish chapter 11 of book.
9. Prepare for next week's 5S Kaizen Event (including setting up two Green Belt coaching sessions)
10. Write down daily verse each day on a note card and put it on my desk to look at throughout the day (trying something a little different).