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Time Management Tips #7 – Friday Reflection

Time Management Tips #7 – Friday Reflection

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What if you could improve your time management week over week?  Well, you can.  Imagine the pay off over time. 

Time management tips #7 is Friday reflection.  Friday reflection is a way to check what's going wrong, and carry forward what's going right.

To do Friday reflection, simply give yourself 10 or 20 minutes on Friday mornings to ask yourself two things:

  1. What are three things going well?
  2. What are three things to improve?

The goal is to carry the good forward and build better habits.

Before you answer the questions above, really reflect on your week.  Did you do what you set out to do?  If not, did you trade up for the right things?  Did you get randomized? Did you bite off more than you can chew? 

See what starts to happen?  You start to notice your own patterns.  This awareness becomes your advantage, when you use it to change what's not working, and do more of what is working  It's a way to improve your personal habits and streamline your results.

One of the most common patterns is to simply lose sight of what we set out to achieve for his week.  That's why thinking of three wins for the week is so powerful.  It gives us a target.  We check ourselves during the week, and adjust our course, but Friday is where we really peer into our personal process improvement.

The key to exponential results is to work on the right things, at the right time, the right way, with the right energy.  With Friday Reflection, the overall goal is to improve your little loop of results:  identify the value, carve out things you can do, make the time for it, use your best energy to amplify it, and streamline your habits to support you.

Use your Friday as a way to invest in yourself.

In 30 Days of Getting Results, you can use the time management exercises to reflect on Fridays and get exponential results on a daily and weekly basis.  You can also find more time management tips in my book, Getting Results the Agile Way, and on Getting Results.com

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