Should you be using the 12 Week Year in your IT career? The 12 Week Year is adopted to take advantage of the end of year urgency.
The concept is simple; you start on a Sunday and plan out the next 12 weeks.
In this short blog post, we’ll set up your 12-week year to make sure that you make 4 big moves in your career with a typical 12-month year.
Let’s imagine that you’re entirely new to IT and want to get your first IT job.
Your first step would be to see how much free time you have every day to study and lab for the CompTIA A+.
After that, get your book, course, and old computer to take apart. The first week might be just tracking how much you’re able to get done in a week.
From there, you’ll be able to predict how many weeks it will take you to prepare for each half of the test.
Let’s say that it takes you 4 weeks to go through all of the material for the first half of the A+.
You then give yourself another week to review for the test and take it at the end of week 5.
You repeat that process and have both tests completed by week 10.
You now have two weeks left.
You could either use them to do nothing but apply for help desk jobs or to start preparing for your CompTIA Network +.
Whatever happens, on week 12, you review what you did over your 12-week year and take a week off to start planning for the next 12 weeks.
The key to getting this system to work is to set weekly micro-goals that are due at the end of each week.
That will help you achieve your larger goal at the end of the 12 weeks.
Another way to think about it is by dividing your 12-week goal by 12 weeks.
To score your week, you divide 100 by the total number of micro-goals. So, if you had a goal of going through 3 chapters and doing 1 lab that week, it would be 100/4 = 25%.
If you did all 4, your score for the week is 100, but if you only did 3 your score would be 75.
Tracking your weekly score lets you take an average every 4 weeks to see if you’re on track to hit your 12-week goal and what you have to change.