An amazing gift to yourself
Give yourself the best gift. Review time. It might not sound as attractive as a massage, tea for two at a nice hotel, a pile of new crime novels to read, or a cuddly jumper (which, if my family are reading this, are all on my Christmas list) but review time is – I promise you – an amazing gift.
What do I mean by review time?
- Time by yourself
- A space to ponder and reflect
- A break from your usual schedule
- A chance to look at your goals and your dreams
- An opportunity to make sure you’re spending your time wisely
What do I do with my review time?
You’ll review what you’re doing now, to work out if you’re doing the things you really want to do (and, if not, how to get there) and to find out if there are any small steps you can take to make things better. Even if life is peachy, review time helps you keep things in balance and helps you to take small steps towards your dreams.
Where do I spend my review time?
If you can go away for a long weekend to do it, go for it (and obviously in a spa – by a pool with dainty snacks and bubbly on hand would be my ideal) but here are some alternatives:
- In a coffee shop
- Locked in the study or spare room
- At the library
- In your office with a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door
- First thing in the morning before anyone gets up, on the sofa in your dressing gown with a cup of tea
- On a tray in bed while someone else makes breakfast
- Late in the evening when everyone is asleep, with a glass of something (camomile tea, cocoa, gin?) in your hand
Over the next few days I’m going to cover:
Preparing for your review:
- How to plan for it
- Why you need to find a trysting place
- How to practice being unavailable
Roles and responsibilities:
- The brain download
- Be a Me-Caretaker
- Your roles and responsibilities at work
- Working with your roles and responsibilities list
Figuring out what’s important
- A review of The One Thing by Gary Keller (with Jay Papasan)
- Defining ‘important’ – does it make a difference?
- Your ‘One Things’
- What about the roles that didn’t make my top six?
Dare to dream
- Getting it all down
- Work out what small steps you need to take to get there.
- Turn your small steps into an actionable list.
- What if you don’t have enough information to create your small steps?
- The beauty of Twixmas
- Fitting review time in every week, or every day
- What to do if you have four days
- Is it January already?
Books that can help with review time:
- Your Best Year Yet
- Living Forward
- The Big Leap
- Small Steps guide
Top Ten Tips for Increasing Your Productivity
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