The Weekly and Monthly Execution System

If you’re not setting goals and reviewing them often, you should consider why not. Most people do this at the start of the year, but 12 months is a really long time to track something for.

12 weeks is much better and easier to track against but personally, I still find 12 weeks way too long. This year, I’ve started strategising and tracking against a weekly and monthly execution system.

No system is perfect but some are better than others and the main thing is that whatever system you choose, it works for you and actually helps you achieve your biggest goals.


Two Types of Work

There are two types of work – Strategic Work and Business as Usual (BAU).

These two types of work have different goals and outcomes and can be applied personally and professionally.

BAU is the kind of work that keeps things ticking over.

BAU is about maintaining the status quo and meeting the day to day demands of current responsibilities.

At the BAU level, we answer emails, we collaborate with others, we finish projects on time and we give our best efforts to those we serve.

BAU is where most people spend their day — because executing well against BAU keeps us out of trouble.

But there is another kind of work which is not so much about surviving as it is about thriving — what we call strategic work.

Strategic work is about moving the needle; pushing the envelope; moving to the next level.

Strategic work is the kind of work that raises the ceiling of your BAU.

Strategic work includes learning and development, reviewing and refining our modus operandi, conceptualising and executing against new initiatives that produce change and growth.

Essentially, whatever your BAU, the expectation is that successful execution in strategic work will eventually raise the ceiling of your BAU resulting in a higher set of BAU altogether.

Another distinguishing factor is that there are often consequences for failure to execute BAU work whereas there are typically low or no consequences with failing to execute strategic work – hence why it is so easy to ignore.

I want to implore you to spend up to half (or at the very least a quarter) of your professional and personal time each day in strategic work.

When you schedule your day, consider whether what you are scheduling is strategic work or BAU, and when you have categorised it thus, consider what time of day is best suited to it considering your mental, physical and emotional energy levels.

My advice is to prioritise strategic work at all times, at all cost, and on every single day otherwise you might wake up one day only to find that you have spent a vast amount of your life just treading water.


Ethan Lax

This kid is bludgeoning that single-handed backhand at 6 years old.

Further reading:

6-year-old tennis star can’t stop going viral


Money: A Users Guide

Author: Laura Whateley
Read: February 2020

What is it?

Gives a broad and general overview of personal finance topics aimed at millennials. She doesn’t go into much depth on any of the topics. Rather she treats them with a broad brush — a sort of whistle stop tour covering housing, debt, savings, investments, pensions, tax, bills and insurance, car payments, mobile phone contracts etc — everything that requires money. Some thoughts are also shared on money and relationships and ethical finance.

Why read or not read it

Read it if you want a general overview of money topics and some suggested best practices particularly targeted at millennials with a moderate income. Most of this information you can find by scouring the internet — but the book compiles it conveniently.

Lessons learned

There are a lot of practical lessons offered but if you have a tiny amount of financial savvy, you have probably come across this before and won’t find great benefit in the book – although it might serve as a useful reminder in some areas.

Will I return to it?

Yes, perhaps at some point as a starting point to further investigation into a particular aspect of money but on the whole there is nothing revelatory in here.


Parasite (2019)

Enjoyed this very much. Thematically and stylistically it’s very well made. A story of class told through the eyes of the “have-nots” as they infiltrate the lives of those who have and the ramifications that follow for each.

The movie presents a lens through which to think through the themes of class, affluence, privilege and aspiration — shining a light on issues that for some are a daily reality.

Further reading:

For Seoul’s Poor, Class Strife in ‘Parasite’ Is Daily Reality – The New York Times

Simple Stock Market Investing

Investing isn’t complicated. The financial services industry would have you believe it was. But in actual fact, it’s very simple – at least for the people who think it’s complicated.

If you are one of those people – you want to invest but think it’s too complex and don’t know where to start, or think you need thousands in the bank before you can get started, I suggest you get yourself a copy of Tim Hale’s excellent book which will simplify things for you and make you wish you had started sooner.

It really is a fantastic contribution for those who need a helping hand.

The sooner you start, the better off you will be.


Tiny Steps

A baby starts walking with tiny imperfect steps. After months and years of practice that baby would have grown and automated their walking altogether. What would have once been a conscious and challenging undertaking would now be the easiest and subconscious activity they do.

That is encouraging for those of us who want to learn any skill or perform any activity consistently.

In the beginning all you need is a tiny step. Don’t try to be perfect, don’t get frustrated with yourself. Just take one imperfect step today; and tomorrow take another, and the next day another. Keep taking your tiny steps each and everyday. One day you won’t even think about it, you’ll just realise that you are walking.

Any thing you want to do well, never forget this: it starts with one very tiny step.