Friday, February 4, 2011

It's The End Of The Week As We Know It...

and I feel... err, well-I'm-not-actually-sure-how-I-feel-but-I-am-VERY-busy-and-typically-my-weeks-end-up-looking-a-bit-like-this! (click here)

I don't know how many of you will relate to that clip but for me it often perfectly describes the end of my weeks; talk about dazed and confused! but I know better, I've been blessed to spend most of my working life focused on human performance and effectiveness, and as I've mentioned before I love it :-)

Increasing performance and effectiveness relies heavily on measuring or assessing where you are today, thinking about how to improve for the future, making a plan and then working the plan. Sounds simple, but all too often in today's world we lose the first few steps and instead go headlong into 'make-a-plan-work-the-plan' and then we wonder why we never seem to make much progress, our weeks all feel the same and we up looking like the poor hamster!

In order to improve the performance and effectiveness of our work, which hopefully will lead to us LOVE it more, we need to carve out time to stop, reflect & plan. Fridays are a perfect day to do this because typically we're all a bit pooped from the stresses and strains of the week, reflection is a low stress activity and a great way transition into the weekend.

I recommend taking just 10 minutes each Friday to ask ourselves three simple questions:
1. What worked or went well this week?
2. Where did I get stuck?
3. What can I do differently next week?

If you're like me, just the act of slowing down to think is helpful, I notice things that otherwise would have been missed, like who really helped me this week and who I need to thank, where I'm struggling and need help from others, and where I just need to try a different tack because I'm making no progress.

The act of weekly reflection is a POWER-activity, it seems like just another 'to-do' and is easy to ignore but its positive impact on performance, effectiveness and LOVE can be exponential.

So try it today, take 10 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of your world, pour yourself a delicious beverage (preferably a CARIBOU beverage!) and just reflect...

Let me know how it goes :-)

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