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Top 10 ListDuring 2013 I posted a monthly update to the list showing the top ten posts from this blog since its inception in 2011. I don’t intend to post those updates as often in 2014, but it seems reasonable to post an update in light of several changes I’ve noticed in recent weeks.

Below are the top 10 most-viewed posts are out of the 578 published here.

The top 4 spots remain unchanged since my January 13 update:

Dropping out of the top ten were:

Among other blog pages that are not blog posts or the home page, the most viewed are About Jeff Ross#ESNchat and This, I Believe with the #ESNchat page quickly rising given the frequency with which I promote that page in relation to the weekly Twitter chat I host on the subject of enterprise social networks (ESN).

You’ll always find a link to the top 10 all-time posts at the top of the blog. The list is current as of February 23, 2014.

Thanks to each of you for being here! There would be no top 10 posts without you.

Top 10 ListFollowing the most active year yet for this blog, let’s pause to see what the top 10 most-viewed posts are out of the 571 posted since its inception in April, 2011.

The top 3 spots remain unchanged:

During the month of December, we saw some posts rearrange their position, one new post enter the top ten, and one drop out:

Among other blog pages that are not blog posts or the home page, the most viewed are About Jeff Ross#ESNchat and This, I Believe.

You’ll always find a link to the top 10 all-time posts at the top of the blog. The list is current as of January 13, 2014.

Thanks to each of you for being here! There would be no top 10 posts without you.

Happy New Year 2014I set a number of goals for 2013, most of which were achieved as reported in this end-of-year progress report. After careful consideration of what worked and what didn’t last year, and after determining some directions I’d like to go in 2014, I’ve settled on the following personal goals for this year, not including those for my work. Like last year, I’m categorizing them as related to body, mind and spirit, although there are a few that might cross over to multiple areas or not necessarily fit well into any of those categories.

One thing I learned in last year’s pursuits is that some goals can become such daily habits that you no longer really need to call them out as goals and bother with tracking them. A few that are like that for me now are keeping my weight at or below 145 pounds, reviewing weekly the 100 Bible memory verses that I chose several years ago to burn into my brain and heart, and writing handwritten letters to my sons twice a year. So even though I’ll still be doing those, they won’t be recorded and reported here. I want the public goals I share to involve pursuits that add a new challenge and interest.

After feeling like I tackled too much in 2013, I’m setting some goals this year that reflect a desire to have a little more down time and rest. To do so, that time has to come from somewhere, meaning I have to do less in some areas than I did in 2013. Here, then, are my personal, non-work-related goals for 2014.

BODY

  • Average at least 10,000 steps per day every week. I’ve averaged more than that since getting my Fitbit Flex in September, but 10,000 is an easy-to-remember goal and the threshold for earning maximum rewards from the HumanaVitality program offered through my company’s health insurance plan. That’s the equivalent of five miles per day, so that’s a healthy, reachable number that takes about an hour less per week than I’ve been doing the past four months.
  • Do a stretching routine daily. I have a nice set of stretching exercises that I do before and after runs that I’ve done for years, but I feel the need to do them daily for the value they bring, whether or not I’m running.
  • Run 365 miles for the year. I haven’t run regularly for a few years. I walk a lot and occasionally jog some while out with the dog, but I want to do better at running this year. I don’t care how these miles are spaced out throughout the year. I won’t try for one mile every day. Some weeks will yield more miles than others, and that’s OK. All of these steps are included in the 10,000/day in the goal above, and actually save time since I run about twice as fast as I walk.
  • Average 7.5 hours of sleep a night. My 2013 goal for sleep was six hours per night – more than previous years, but my body is telling me I need more. This will be very difficult for me to do because the time to do this has to come from elsewhere. Tracking it accurately with the Fitbit is easy, though, and I’m determined to work at it.
  • Average no more than 45 hours per week for work. I can’t remember the last year I worked less than 50-55 hours per week on the average, so this will be a serious challenge for me. I’ll have to be better at letting some things go and at training and delegating other colleagues and volunteers to make sure all still gets done. I’m placing this goal in the body category since consistently working too many hours takes more of a toll on my body and time available for other things than it does on mind or spirit due to how much I love my work.

MIND

  • Author or co-author a book related to enterprise social networks. It’s time I wrote a book. I would like to create an e-book related to my profession because I don’t think there is enough in print to help guide others whose roles are similar to mine. The weekly Twitter chat I lead on the subject – #ESNchat – is an incredible source of information and knowledgeable contacts, so by the time I’ve led that for nearly a year in September, 2014 I should have a wealth of information to write or collaborate with others to write a very helpful guide for those that manage enterprise social networks. I’ll probably just give it away online when written to get the info out there. I’m not planning on writing it for profit. Making a positive impact on the profession and perhaps getting some conference speaking engagements as a result will be adequate reward.
  • Write 100 blog posts. For 2012, I wrote a post a day – 366 of them. In 2013 that went to one every other day. For 2014, I’ll back that down once again to one every 3-4 days. Since I’ll be writing some substantive posts for other websites in 2014, those will take more time than I typically spend on posts for my own blog. To account for that added time, I’ll write fewer posts on my this blog, although I’ll post a notice and link here to posts I write elsewhere.
  • Set up Pinterest boards and pins to coincide with my blog categories and posts. I’ve wanted to do this for a long while, so I need to make it a public goal to hold me accountable for getting it done. With over 70 categories currently on this blog, the plan is to create one Pinterest board per category and then pin all relevant blog posts to each board. Once caught up with all posts going back to this blog’s beginning in 2011, pinning new blog posts will be a part of the publication process for each post in order to keep the Pinterest boards current. I’m thinking about devoting one of my vacation weeks in 2014 for this task.
  • Reserve at least one hour per day for unstructured, unplanned time not related to any tasks or goals. This may seem like an odd goal, but it’s tied to feeling like I didn’t allow myself enough down time last year. By making a goal of giving time to not working on some goals, I’m forcing myself to have more down time and enjoy some spur-of-the-moment activity. (Of course, not having structured time is actually working on this goal, but you get the point.) I’m putting this goal in the mind category since its purpose is to give me more mental breaks.

SPIRIT

  • Finish reading The Apologetics Study Bible. I started reading it late in 2013, but still have 95% of its 2000+ pages to read in 2014. Each 1-2 years I pick a different version or study edition of the Bible to read through. This is the current one I’m working on which will be my first complete read of the version called the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).
  • Read these three major theology books: (1) Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem, (2) Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine by Gregg Allison, and (3) Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George. All together, these three books total 2,400 pages of material that along with The Apologetics Study Bible will be a fantastic theological and apologetic emphasis for the year.
  • Have a daily Bible reading and devotional time. I’ve been too hit and miss with when I do my Bible readings and prayer. I want to develop the consistent habit of doing so daily without fail.

Some of the goals above save me time compared to similar efforts in 2013, while other new goals will, of course, require time not dedicated for those things in 2013. Cutting back my work hours to something more reasonable will go a long way toward finding the extra hours needed, as will taking advantage of the many weeks of vacation time I have or will have accumulated by the end of 2014. I also suspect the TV will need to be turned off more frequently in my man cave.

I have a little apprehension about the above goals – a slight fear that cumulatively I’m not cutting back enough from 2013’s sense of overload. I will reserve the right to adjust the above goals if I find that they’re too ambitious. I’m determined to make sure I have the free time and added sleep needed, so other things will have to go if necessary. Until then, I’ll proceed with the above goals and will report back here quarterly (not monthly as I did last year) on my progress.

What about you? What are you going to tackle this year?

Top 10 ListEach month I update the list of the top 10 most visited posts since this blog began in 2011. I’ve published over 540 posts in the past 2.5 years and it’s revealing to track what’s popular over the long term. The Worst Mistakes I’ve Made As An Employee remains by far the most viewed post.

During the month of November, we saw several posts rearrange their position while one post dropped out of the list – Are You Doing What You Love to Do? – and one new post joined the list – The Worst Bosses I’ve Ever HadFive of the top ten relate to employee life.

Among other blog pages that are not blog posts or the home page, the most viewed are About Jeff Ross#ESNchat and This, I Believe, with the #ESNchat page new to the top three this month. #ESNchat is a weekly Twitter chat I host on the subject of Enterprise Social Networks, and the separate website domain I own of ESNchat.com redirects to the #ESNchat page on this blog, accounting for its rise in views.

You’ll find a link to the top 10 all-time posts at the top of the blog. Check out the full list, current as of December 4, 2013.

Thanks to each of you for being here! There would be no top 10 posts without you.

Top 10 ListEach month I update the list of the top 10 most visited posts since this blog began in 2011. I’ve published over 500 posts in the past 2.5 years and it’s revealing to track what’s popular over the long term. “The Worst Mistakes I’ve Made As An Employee” remains by far the most viewed post.

During the month of October, we saw the posts “Deciding When to Leave Your Job” and “What I Appreciate Most in Coworkers” rise in the rankings to #2 and #7, respectively, while a few others slipped. “What Annoys Me the Most About Coworkers,” “What I Would Do Different As a Dad If I Had the Chance,” and “Are You Doing What You Love to Do?” slipped to #3, #4 and #9 respectively. Others held their positions: “More Questions Than Answers” (#5), “It’s Tough Changing One’s Direction” (#6), and “Quit Holding Social Media to a Different Standard” (#8).

A newcomer to the top 10 this month is “Rethink Routine” in the #10 spot, nudging out of the list “The Best Behaviors I’ve Shown As An Employee.”

Five of the top ten relate to employee life.

With this month’s update, I’m now also tracking the top three most viewed pages that are not blog posts – permanent pages always linked at the top of the site (except the Home page which always has the most views). Go to the full list for that detail, current as of November 3, 2013.  There is always a link to the Top 10 at the top of the blog on the menu bar.

Thanks to each of you for being here! There would be no top 10 posts without you.