Work Backwards

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I’ve attended several workshops for the National Board Certification Program through AZ K12. They have an excellent program. You can take one year to get certified, or two, or three.

NBCT leaves deadlines largely up to the teachers. But because there is no formal structure in terms of time, I was feeling uncertain. I started the work, but felt a bit overwhelmed. And then I realized I had to create my own timeline.

I know I want to complete it in one year.

I know what needs to be done.

Work backwards! In order to be prepared for the exam in May, I need to complete three components in five months. But I also want to leave myself time to get my work reviewed by others and make changes if necessary.

So, I am giving myself a little over one month for each component.

You’d think that giving myself this structure with deadlines would cause more stress. Au contraire!  I’m feeling MUCH better knowing I have five weeks to complete my first component. This enables me to measure my progress week to week. This will increase my chances of success.

Sometimes, I forget to work backwards, but it’s so helpful.

Is there a goal you have – personal or professional – where backwards planning might prove helpful?

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