By First Round Review via fastcompany.com Article
Making the Best Choices in Your Career or for Your Business Means Avoiding the Common Traps Many Leaders Fall Into.
“Spend 15 minutes a day in reflection—true reflection, in a quiet space, with your inbox closed. Take this time to review the events of the previous day and make plans for the one coming up. You can write these observations down if you want. You can reference your calendar to reflect on the day’s interactions and prepare for tomorrow’s. Whatever will ground you in the ritual. …
These are the questions you can ask yourself to methodically revisit your day:
The It: Did you execute your work—the emails you wanted to write, the strategy document you owed your boss—the stuff you had on your list at the start of the day? Did you do the things that were important and not just urgent?
The We: Did you add value to the lives of the people you interacted with? Did they walk away with more knowledge, energy, goodwill, help, a better understanding? ‘It’s not asking whether you made people happy,’ says Holmberg. ‘That’s not always the goal.’ You want to make sure you communicated clearly in a way that added value for them and met goals for you.
The I: How did you manage your own energy and mood? Self-care measures like working out, eating well, and sleeping enough are just as important as anything you do in the office. …
After you’ve reflected on the day gone by (it’s good to run this practice in the evening shortly before bed), you can use the same three lenses to set your intentions for tomorrow. Here’s a template:
The It: Establish the tasks you intend to accomplish during the day and realistically acknowledge the ones that you won’t be able to finish. Do you have meetings during the day? If so, do you know what they’re each for? Do you know what you’re trying to accomplish during them? Do you have your agenda for reaching those goals?
The We: Do you anticipate having challenging interactions? For example, do you have any meetings with a colleague who you know is frustrated with you or the company? Think about how you want to show up to that conversation. Consider what he or she might say that will trigger you to react badly. Mentally rehearse how you’d like to respond instead. Write it down, internalize it. Make that your intention.
The I: What biases do you bring with you? How can you see through them? How can you set yourself up to make good choices throughout the day (i.e. keeping energy high, your body fueled, etc.)? What might cause you to step off track? What is the right course of action? Identify it ahead of time.”