With the seasons changing and school starting, many workers can have the “post-summer blues.” You yourself may be mourning the end of the hot, sunny days. And if thoughts of the Greek isles or a summer camping trip are often coming to mind, it can be hard to focus on what is ahead.
The one thing you should do to focus? Reflect.
Reflecting sounds counterproductive when we have a lot to do, because our inclination may be to focus and grind away, to push past the feelings and thoughts. However, Master Facilitator, Beth Wagner, mentioned in a Fierce webinar at the beginning of the year, reflection is a very important and often overlooked activity for leaders. Many studies have shown the critical role that reflection plays in performance and learning. Leaders and employees alike who take time to reflect on their successes and their mistakes at work, perform 20-25% better than those who do not.
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Answer the questions:
How am I tracking to my goals now and for the rest of the year?
What has worked this year for me so far that I should keep doing?
What shouldn’t I do?
What will most likely get in my way? And how will I mitigate that?
In our fast-paced world, we often feel that we don’t have enough time to do what’s needed. And pausing and reflecting feels too time-consuming.
So I urge you - try it this one time. And report back.