Lately much of the world has been moving again after almost 18 months of changes, standing still and uncertainty. In many ways it feels good to be busy again and to be out and about, working with new clients, and being part of the community. After all, rarely is success achieved without effort, action and connections. After being stuck for so long it does feel good to be accomplishing tasks and reaching goals again. But as I was busy with activities the other day, I was thinking about the last time I had a moment to really think about things and evaluate progress and do more than just check off tasks.
Why is this a concern? Because you can only truly plan things out so far before any plans you make are just too questionable to really trust. You may say you have a 10 year plan, but let’s be honest, how likely are you to be accurate with the plans you wrote down for years 5-10? Maybe some of the things will work out as you anticipate, but things change too much to really plan that far out in this day and age.
So yes, busy is good and I’m glad that we’re being active in the world again, but I think we put it into high gear because of how the last 18 months have gone, and now some of us are waking up to the fact that while busy is good, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for reflection and evaluation. If I’m honest, I’ve got some more busy to do before I get to having time for reflection and evaluation, but I’m getting there. And it’s OK if you can’t immediately free yourself from commitments and plans, for one because it’s not really the goal. The goal is to be moving forward and taking action in partnership with reflection and evaluation.
It brings us back to the question and challenge of balance in our lives, and committing time to see to our health, our relationships, our passions, relaxation, exploration, our careers, personal growth, our finances, and reflection. You don’t have to do everything every day, but you need to make time throughout the weeks and months for everything that makes you who you are, keeps you grounded, inspires you and helps you succeed, and one of those things is reflection and evaluation. How will a little time spent on checking in with your plans and activities help you succeed smarter and better before the month is out?