Happy New Year! Have a “Stop Doing” List?
Happy New Year to my blog readers! Do you have any “lean resolutions” for the year 2010? Feel free to share them, if you like, in the comments section for this post. Here were some resolutions from two years ago, if anyone wants to revisit those.
Alternatively, taking a cue from Jim Collins via Matthew E. May, do you have any “stop doing” items for 2010, things that you'll stop doing or do less of to free up time for the things you should do? Here is Matthew's blog post on the topic from earlier in 2009 (I almost typed, “earlier this year”).
Blogging is not on my “stop doing list.” I hope that's not a confusing double-negative. I will continue blogging. I enjoy blogging and I learn a ton in the process and meet some great people. So the decision to continue blogging is an easy one.
I am going to formally kill, I think, the Message Board I had set up at www.leanboard.org. It was a cheap experiment from a few years ago, had a few interesting discussions and job postings, but it's never taken off as a place for people to talk Lean online. And that's OK. Update: I did end that experiment.
We now have a ton of LinkedIn groups and the LEI forums have improved from a few years ago. I've quit promoting the board and won't be taking new users. The board became particularly tough to manage after the site got on some Russian spammer list and I started getting, literally, dozens of spam bogus registrations every day from people trying to get in to post spam.
So that “stop doing” won't save a ton of time, really. I probably need to spend more time thinking through the “stop doings” — do you have any to share? Maybe sharing them, in the blog comments, will inspire others, including myself, to be more effective in 2010. There's never enough time to do all of the things I'd like to do… I need a longer “stop doing” list and a better set of priorities, maybe.
Oh, I have sort of put the “Video Podcasts” on the “stop doing” list since August. I still have one more from Dr. Sami Bahri and two from Norman Bodek to edit and put out there. The video podcasts are a bit more time consuming and I got a lot of feedback that video didn't add much over audio. What are thoughts on that? Do more or “stop doing?”
Happy New Year to my readers from around the world. Feel free to leave a New Year's greeting in your native language, if you like.