2020 – it's Time for Reflection

With 2020 coming to a close, with many who have been counting this down for weeks… taking time out on this last day of 2020 to take stock, reflect and decide how we want to frame 2021 is a good plan.

We all are operating in fast-paced environments, whether it is “always being on” with mobile devices, “doing more with less” due to changes in the workplace, “trying to juggle too many things at once” now that we are working from home more than ever or finally the big one… “pivoting every few week’s” adjusting to everything 2020 has thrown at us. Many are feeling the extremes of fatigue or burnout from many of these examples.

A question to ponder, did you spend enough time reflecting in 2020?

Imagine if we all spent an extra 10% of our time reflecting on actions taken or missed opportunities, what this might mean?

Imagine if you knew 4 things or asked 4 additional questions prior to making a decision, would you still make the same decision? For me there are plenty of actions taken where hindsight and further questioning would have been really helpful.

Have I learned lessons from each of these decisions? Hell YES! Reflection now plays a significant role in my daily routine.

Reflection should take a front seat for everyone, slow down, ask more questions, be curious and take time to ponder before acting.

“Reflection gives the brain an opportunity to pause amidst the chaos, untangle and sort through observations and experiences, consider multiple possible interpretations, and create meaning. This meaning becomes learning, which can then inform future mindsets and actions.” hbr article

HBR article https://hbr.org/2017/03/why-you-should-make-time-for-self-reflection-even-if-you-hate-doing-it#:~:text=Reflection%20gives%20the%20brain%20an,inform%20future%20mindsets%20and%20actions.

“Employees who spent 15 minutes at the end of the day reflecting about lessons learned performed 23% better after 10 days than those who did not reflect. A study of UK commuters found a similar result when those who were prompted to use their commute to think about and plan for their day were happier, more productive, and less burned out than people who didn’t.” hbr article

We have an annual family discussion on the 31st December each year. We ask each other their top 3 achievements and highlights for the year, then list 3 things that if they achieved them in the coming 12 months, they would be really proud.

Here are some questions to ponder:

  • What traditions do you have at the end of each year?

  • Do you share your achievements, celebrate them and reset for the coming year with someone?

  • Do you give yourself permission to slow down and reflect?

  • How will 2021 be different for you?

  • Will you build self-reflection into your day or week?

Do you need someone to help you reflect or learn skills on reflection? Reach out to one of us https://www.peerthinc.com/

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