I have thought a lot about my one word for 2019, as I am sure that many of you have. It's tough to pick just one word, isn't it? I mean, there are lots of words that can provide inspiration and guidance, but choosing just one word to focus on all year, that requires some special consideration. I wanted a word that could prompt inspiration in both my personal and professional life. I wanted a word that would push me to be better. I wanted a word that would bring to the surface what was most important. These one-word resolutions don't dominate my life. Instead, they're just loose themes. If I'm struggling to make a decision about something, I'll choose the option that best aligns with that year's word. If I find myself drifting off course, I simply remind myself to get back on track — no guilt required. My word for 2018 was
Seems like a theme right? I chose present as my #OneWord2018, which sits in the same dialogue as focus, but let me explain. If you know me, you know it is hard for me to sit in a meeting. My mind wanders to solve problems in a thousand different directions. I really need to gain clarity. This year, I want to ask myself, "what do I want to focus on doing and what can I stop doing, or do less of, in order to fulfill that focus?"
FOCUS - the word itself hits you pretty hard. The word alone is a message, a sign, a warning. We all have these passions, goals, and desires that pull us in so many different directions, if you know me, I am no different. I want to make sure that my focus does not waver, and that I continue to push myself to focus on the end goals that I have set for myself.
SEEK SENSE SHARE
Using the Seek - Sense - Share Framework from an article I read on Personal Knowledge Mastery. Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM) is a framework for individuals to take control of their professional development through a continuous process of seeking, sensing-making, and sharing.
Seek: there is nothing too wrong with the variety of my incoming streams of content, much of which comes from my use of Flipboard, Twitter, etc. My issue is probably that my interests are too wide and there are multiple “inboxes” that contain intimidatingly large quantities of content items. This results in me often not being able to locate content that I know I have seen.
Sense: On the back of the proactive and reactive Seek-ing above, I don’t do much sensing unless the Seek-ing is for a specific personal/professional immediate need. I do not spend a lot of time Sense-ing and definitely need to do more of that and go deeper with the content I have seen. I need to apply more of what I am learning to increase knowledge mastery vs just sharing new knowledge.
Share: I love to share the quotures from the books I read. They give me an ability to focus on an important area of a chapter in the book I am reading. The act of identifying and creating the quoture, coupled with sharing publicly on Twitter provides others with a lens into my learning. Here are a couple of my favorites from 2018: