How to Reflect on Your Progress Constructively & Positively
There are several times during the week in which you should take the time to reflect: once at the end of each day, and then a larger, more in-depth review at the end of the week. In order for these reflection sessions to help with productivity and progress toward achieving your goals, they need to be positive experiences in order to be constructive.
Reflect on your actions, responses to situations and event, how well you handled each task. Perhaps everything went awry. Perhaps it went well. In either event, it is a good idea to decipher the “why” behind each of them.
In so doing, you will be better equipped to avoid the same mistakes or emulate a process for continued success.Reflection of work done is an important tool to boost progress and grow.
Reflection of work done is an important tool to boost progress and grow.
Set the Areas for Reflection
Begin your reflection session by sketching out the areas you are going to look at.
This will usually mirror your mini goals, tasks and appointments and projects you set, either for the day or for the week.
Set a section on the page for gratitude. Begin there first. No matter how awful a week or day has been, there are always things to be thankful for.
If you are still alive, you can always turn things around. Dramatic, yes, but if you have to start from there, do it and work up. Some times are rough and it is important to remind yourself of the basics.
It’s also a great way to build up your mental energy. For more on this, you may want to read this post on staying energised as a solopreneur.
Analyse Your Progress
Once you have your gratitude list, move on to the more nitty-gritty details. Analyse how everything went.
- Did you get everything done which you had set out to do? If not – why not?
- Did something unexpected happen? How was/is your health?
- Could you have handled a situation better – how will you learn from that?
- Were you overly ambitious in your planning?
- How is your mind set?
- Are there any bad habits that are holding you back? How can you change them?
List Your Achievements & Accomplishments
List your achievement and accomplishments. Big and small. Remind yourself how well you have done and take time to consider why they worked.
Share the Love and Build Someone Else Up
Take another look at your gratitude list and see if there are other things you could add in. Share the love and let people know how they have made your day or week better – even if it’s just a short sentence. Your words could be the “pick me up” they need.
These are some quick tips on staying positive while you reflect on how far you have come. How do you stay positive when you are doing a progress check? Do you check often, occasionally or never? I’d be curious to know what your thought and techniques are. Please share below!