2016 Year in Review

So, here it is. My 2016 year in review aka my After Action Review.

Below is a quick summary of my goals, sustains, and improves for 2016 as well as a few plans for 2017.

Big Picture

In 2016 I tried something new. Instead of just charging ahead with smaller goals as they came up, I went through Michael Hyatt‘s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever and wrote more clearly defined goals. This year was the result of those plans and it was my best year yet.

Blog Goals

There were three big goals I wanted to accomplish with the site this year.

  1. Post more consistently and on a regular schedule
  2. Become a Nozbe Ambassador
  3. Be more real with my writing to be less of a “Professor” or “Sage”

Summary

  1. I shared 35 posts this year almost doubling the amount of content on this site.
  2. This year I worked with the Nozbe team to become a Nozbe Ambassador and help more people streamline their own productivity systems.
  3. I’m getting more real every day and will keep working on this next year.

Sustains

  1. I wrote more consistently than ever before by creating a step-by-step process to manage ideas, drafting, and posting. I’ll have a post showing off my workflow soon.
  2. Stretching my comfort zone and reaching out to the Nozbe team halfway across Earth was a major win. I developed a plan of action, submitted articles for the Productive! Magazine, and am now featured on Nozbe’s site right next to Michael Hyatt.
  3. This year I wrote posts teaching people how to take real actions that can help productivity instead of just a giving them a bunch of productivity theory. Action beats theory every time.

Improves

  1. Although I almost doubled the amount of content on this site, I still need to be more consistent when it comes to posting and planning ahead. There were too many times this year that I was struggling at the last minute to get something out or even just completely missed a week.
  2. I drove hard to be a Nozbe Ambassador but didn’t have a plan for what to do afterward. I guess I keep learning that it’s important to “have a plan for after the plan.”
  3. Yes, I still come off too much like a professor in a lot of my writing. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a teacher by trade or just that I have a difficult time opening up. I’ll be working on this again in 2017

Recommendations

  1. In 2017, I’m starting with a goal to publish one post per week. My workflow is set to have posts ready and scheduled in advance. If I get sick or want to take a day off with my family, the posts will already be there ready to go (that’s the plan anyway).
  2. I’m developing a Nozbe and productivity coaching program to help people in a one-on-one setting. My goal in 2017 is to personally work with no less than 12 readers to help them create personalized systems that work. Learn more and schedule your clarity call here if you want to be one of those 12.
  3. I’ve discovered that the best way to “be more real” is to talk to real people. That’s part of the reason for the coaching program. But, I’m also taking more to Twitter and Instagram to share some of the behind the scenes of my life. Opening up about what’s happening in real time will hopefully break down the barrier between me and you.

Nozbe Ninja Tactics: Use the Evernote Web Clipper to Send Tasks Directly to Nozbe

Nozbe is great by itself, but it’s integrations with other apps make it even more amazing. Here is a quick tutorial of how you can use the Evernote Web Clipper to quickly add tasks to your trusted task management system in Nozbe.

LINKS & MENTIONS IN THE VIDEO:

Nozbe – http://nozbe.com/a-robbymiles

Evernote Web Clipper – https://evernote.com/webclipper

Productive Wizard – http://productivewizard.com

Summer’s Almost Over & Updates

I can’t believe the summer is almost over. I hope you had a chance to get some rest and enjoy the sun while it was around.

My summer went by too fast and felt way too busy. I know that sounds funny coming from a “productivity” guy.

I spent the summer taking care of my four kids (ages 1-10). Some days I felt lucky to get a shower and breakfast. I have a whole new perspective and respect for the work my wife did when she was a stay-at-home mom.

If nothing else, this summer taught me the importance of taking time for what really matters and realizing that I can’t do everything. Every day had some new limit. Sometimes it was time. Sometimes it was money. Most often, it was a lack of energy.

Do you ever feel like that?

Now that I’m back to work and my kids are back in school, we can settle back into our routines and habits. Having those in place make our entire life sooooo much easier.

Here’s a quick update on the blog. Starting August 29th, I’ll get back on track posting new productivity tips each week. I’m also still working on the Master Your Personal Productivity Course I began this spring.

Thanks for staying subscribed to updates. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you. If there’s anything I can do to return the favor, let me know.

I’d love to hear how your summer went.

Question: Leave a comment and let me know what you were up to and what missions you plan to tackle this year. Leave your comment by clicking here.

2016 Reader Survey Insights

Recently, many of you shared thoughts and comments on the 2016 Mission Mindset Reader Survey. This survey helped me gather data and insight into who you are and what you’re looking to accomplish with a mission mindset. I’m incredibly thankful to everyone who shared their input. You’re awesome!

2016 Reader Survey Insights

I’ve spent the past couple weeks pouring over the data and planning updates to make sure everything here is actually relevant to you. It’s helped me discover how I can serve you better. Keep reading to see the awesome updates I’m working on.

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I’m planning to use more video to share quick lessons on the go. Here is the first of many.

On yesterday’s run, two life lessons that were clear within the first 10 minutes.

Want a Say in What Happens Here?

2016 Reader Survey

I’ve got a lot of great content to create this year. I plan to launch an online course and maybe begin personal coaching or write my first book.

But…I need your help.

Before I jump into my first project,  I wanted to give you a chance to determine what type of content to create.

If you’ve got five minutes to spare, I’d appreciate your help with this year’s reader survey.

I’ve recently become a contributor to the Productive! Magazine, and my first piece was published this morning.

Here’s what the Productive! Magazine is all about:

Productive! Magazine is a monthly magazine on productivity and self development.

In every issue you will find an interview with productivity guru, entrepreneur, blogger or coach and 7 articles with practical tips and info on productivity, motivation, creativity, time & project management.

Our goal is to help you find your own way to satisfying, non-stressful and fulfilled life.

The articles in Productive! Magazine are written by the top productivity experts, the best bloggers, coaches and trainers and are based on years of personal experience or professional relations with both individual and corporate clients.

Our magazine can be a great source of inspiration and knowledge for everyone. The articles might be helpful for busy professionals, project managers as well as students, freelancers and employees simply willing to improve the quality of their lives.

Productive! Magazine is sponsored by Nozbe.

Date: March 22, 2016
Appearance: “How to choose the right app”
Outlet: Productive! Magazine
Format: Magazine