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Reflect Quarterly - a how-to guide

Hopefully you've been making journal entries for a while now, and since it's the end of the first quarter of the year, let's discuss how a quarterly reflection might work. There are many ways to do this; I am sharing my approach, but you should do whatever works for you. It's all good.

The first step is to go to the View Events tab. Ensure the list is sorted from most recent date to earliest. (There will be an upside-down delta symbol by the Date heading.) Then sort by Category and page down to where Accomplishments are listed. We'll start there.

  • How many accomplishments are there for the quarter?
  • Which ones are big accomplishments and which are small?
  • Can you see where small accomplishments led up to a big milestone (delivery of a product, a completed sale, etc.)?
  • Can you see any patterns - which accomplishments made you happiest? Which were less exciting?
  • How would you sum up your accomplishments this quarter in one sentence?

The look at Mistakes (they are displayed above Accomplishments alphabetically).

  • Any patterns you see?
  • What actions can you take so that these particular mistakes don't happen again?

Finally, look at Grateful Fors:

  • How does this list make you feel?

Then, resort the list by Date, and then sort by Frequency. Look at the Rare and Never Happened Before events. These can sometimes have significance or show the development of a new pattern. Or they could be one-time-only events. You decide. 

Now close your eyes and replay the quarter in your mind - recall those events that were meaningful Accomplishments, notable Mistakes, and Grateful Fors. How do you feel about things overall. Are you making progress?

Happy journaling!