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The 12 week year system boosts productivity by dividing goals into 12 week "years", treating each 3-month period like a full fiscal year.
This compresses goal timelines into manageable sprints. Planning is compressed into specialized 12 week plans built around weekly targets.
Execution utilizes weekly review sessions to reforecast based on progress. 12 weeks provides the perfect cycle to maintain urgency and focus.
In a 12 week year, you set quarterly goals then develop a comprehensive 12 week plan to achieve them through weekly actions.
This detailed planning focuses efforts and creates urgency to execute.
Not everything fits in a 12 week year. Identify 3 to 7 top annual goals, determine key activities for each, then select the most critical goal with tangible targets for your first 12 week plan.
Effective 12 week planning breaks annual goals into 12 week targets then weekly actions. Schedule planning sessions to determine targets and key tactics.
Define measurable outcomes. Calculate required activities for each week. Determine priorities and resources needed. Include contingency plans and risk management.
Align plans across the organization. Planning rigor drives execution success. Update plans during weekly reviews.
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The 12 Week Year offers a proven strategy to increase productivity by treating each 12 week period as its own "year" for goal setting and planning. The authors make the case that stretching goals over 12 months dilutes focus and urgency, while setting 3 month goals creates the optimal timeframe for executional sprint. To leverage the power of the 12 week year, you select your most important annual goals, make them 12 week objectives, and break them down into weekly actions.
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