Monk meditatingWith CDC and other guidance recommending that we shut down family holiday gatherings, I started to think about alternatives for this week.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s much to be said for reading, napping, bingewatching TV, puttering, eating Grand Traverse cherry pie, and the like.

However, there’s a part of me (and probably of you) that thinks it would be good to use some of this “found time” productively.

I turned my attention to my practice of Personal Quarterly Offsites. At first, I considered the idea of doing some prep work for my end of the end Personal Quarterly Offsite at the end of January. Then, I wondered why I was limiting my Personal Quarterly Offsites to the end of each quarter.

Could I do more than four in a year and did they really have to happen at the end of the quarter?

Two answers. 1. Because I cooked up this exercise for myself, I could literally define it however I want. 2. I am the boss of me.

The result: a Mini Personal Quarterly Offsite now scheduled for Friday morning this week. Not a big deal, but a little refresh and course adjustment for the end of the year.

On the agenda:

1. Taking a fresh look at what I’ve learned from the Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Community on Mighty Networks so far and seeing what I can improve.

2. Ways to finish the year strong, including, given how 2020 has been, should I see how much time in December I can take off?

3. Spending some time on Value Propostion Canvases and Business Model Canvases for some of my ongoing projects.

If this idea appeals to you, I recommend that you check out my “Productive Personal Quarterly Offsites for Busy Legal Professionals” online course. ($99.99, or $39.99 for Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Community Premium members).

Doing a run-through of the course now and doing a mini-offsite this week will give you some quick focus and a bit of experience before you have your end-of-the-year Personal Quarterly Offsite.

Or you can skip productivity for a few days and make good unproductive use of your found time this week. I expect to do a lot of the latter, but wanted to stir in just bit of the former.

Course details here.

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