Building the Perfect Mastermind Group

So far, things are going great for tracking my personal projects (or Personally Awesome Projects, as I like to call them). My system for collecting data is solid, and It seems like I’m going to beat my total hours from last month. I’m also getting great feedback on this process. Even so, I still feel like I’m the only one trying to get organized like this. I want to connect with other people who are taking a data based approach to managing their time. I’m pretty sure if I asked the Internet how to do that, the answer would be form a Mastermind Group.

If you read Mastermind group and thought of the Legion of Doom meeting in the swamp with Lex Luthor, that’s awesome! But I’m actually thinking of a Mastermind Group as a small team of individuals with a common goal that meets regularly to share strategies and support towards that goal.

I think I’ve actually belonged to a few of those over the years. The best one of these was the Fraser Valley Ruby Brigade, which led me to my current job. I still go there, but I wouldn’t want it to become quite so…goal oriented. It’s a great place to relax with my programmer friends, and I want it to stay that way.

Toastmasters was another great mastermind group. It was very goal oriented, but at the same time let its members move at their own pace. I may still return to this one in the summer.

If I were to form a Mastermind group based on what I’m doing with Personally Awesome Projects, it would probably have to follow the pizza rule – meaning it would not have more people than you could feed with a large pizza. We could either meet face-to-face or get together on a skype call once a month. There would be an understanding that we could check up on one another through our favorite messaging service, and that we could also call on each other for advice when things seem tough.

Then again, I wonder if this is yet another project that I’m putting on future James’ plate, and that guy’s got way too much work already. A Mastermind group is a great idea, but you’ll only get results if you put a lot of work into it. But what do you think? Does this sound like a group that you would want to join? Share your thoughts in the comments!