Companies do reviews to assess and improve.
Why can’t individuals do the same and improve? This case has been made earlier also. The idea now is to bring some structure to it. For some people a structured life is boring. But in places where you need to implement a plan it works wonders. Once you have established the basics you can let loose and go with the flow — coming back to check once in a while.
What I am suggesting is a daily, weekly, and monthly review. Annual review is also very important but calls for a separate article. Here we’ll just discuss daily, weekly and monthly reviews.
Many of us — get down to assessing our growth in mind once or twice a year — mostly at the times of major turning points in life — around job loss or marriage etc.
But if you commit yourself to doing regular daily, weekly and monthly reviews it will make a world of difference. You got to give it a try to experience the benefits. First do it for 30 days and later you can add month on month.
All right, now you have committed yourself to regular personal review. This is how you can actually do it.
First you need to set different parameters to base your growth on.
For daily review the parameters can be;
- Working on an important task every single day
- Helping those in need — knowledge, money
- Giving a gift to people you meet — smile is the best gift
- Avoid distraction (like endless emails and web surfing)
- Earning more than spending every day (monthly earnings can be averaged out to daily)
- Writing everyday
For daily review you can set aside 10 minutes every day. At the end of the day ask yourself did the day passed peacefully and as you wanted. Did you do something during the day from among your chosen parameters? Did you do all or some? What was ok, what was good, and what could have been done better? Finally before ending your work day just plan your first important activity for next day. It can be going for a morning walk with family. Write what is important for you.
Weekly review (30 minutes): Here you review you daily success with your chosen parameters and set the course right where any shortfall is experienced. On this day you can also update your chosen parameters.
Use the weekly review to take a broader look at your daily review. How many days you were able to do justice to the parameters. You can also note any new connections made; things like reconnecting with old friends; any new client connections that were made; weekly minimum numbers for exercise finished.
Monthly reviews (60 minutes): You review the impact of daily and weekly reviews on your monthly outcome as seen by yourself. The above listed daily parameters can correspond to monthly outcome in following way. This is just for your understanding.
|Daily Parameters||Monthly outcome based on daily action|
|Working on an important task every single day||Accomplishing one important project|
|Helping those in need — knowledge, money||One can set a charity donation amount per month|
|Giving a gift to people you meet — smile is the best gift||Just assess have you done everyday|
|Avoid distraction (like endless emails and web surfing)||How many hours of email you did in entire month|
|Earning more than spending every day (monthly earnings can be averaged out to daily)||What is your net monthly surplus? Any figure you have.|
|Writing everyday||Reach a monthly word count|
So get set to get your daily dose of personal reviews. Hopefully this will turn out in a significant success in months and years to come.
Enjoy the journey on the path of life.
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