Whenever I meet with someone for a consultation or just a general catch up session and they are having trouble raising money, finding a job, selling, etc. I always find that there is one thing missing:
It's really easy to get bogged down in all of the work that we do and all of the things that are expected of us, that we can forget to take time at the end to take a very close look at what we actually did. Reflection is as important as the planning and executing, yet for some reason it often gets set aside. The reason for this is that it's often not easy. If we reflect, we have to accept that we might have done something wrong and often that's the last thing we want to face at the end of a process.
The main thing to understand is that this is one of the best tools we have and it is free.
If you can find a place to sit and take out a pen, notepad, or your ipad, you can do a reflection on your work.
I highly recommend it.
Some questions to ask:
How long did I spend on this project?
How much impact do I feel I made for others or for my business?
What went well and why do I think it went well?
What went badly and why do I think it went badly?
Are there any variables I am not considering?
You can add any number of other questions to the mix, but the most important thing is that you take the time to ask at least one.
So what have you been working on?
How's it going?
Time to look back so you can move forward.