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A guide to asking yourself the right questions when a month draws to a close.
At the end of each month, give yourself some time to pause and reflect on the month that has past and prepare the month ahead. There's a good chance you'll say you are "too busy", but you are worth taking some time for, I promise.
Ask yourself these questions at the end of each month to allow you to review and reset:
What did I learn this month?
What did you get out of your activities this month? Whether they were successful or not, focus on what you learnt and take those learnings into the future with you.
What was my greatest accomplishment?
Name at least one thing you were proud of over the month. Take some time to celebrate your achievements - it's a great way to build your confidence.
What am I spending too little/too much time on?
Review how you are spending your time. Do you have the work/life balance nailed? Or are you struggling?
What didn't go to plan? And how can I improve it?
Take a look at where you failed but don't get despondent; you need to fail in order to learn for next time. Recognise your failures and move on.
What is holding me back?
By recognising what is holding you back from achieving your goals, you can tackle the issues head-on. Whether it's fear or a lack of confidence, acknowledge what is holding you back and overcome your challenges.
What do I need to stop doing?
What isn’t working for you? It could be a job, or a negative relationship. Remove any of the unwelcome distractions from your life, where possible.
What do I want to achieve next month?
By reflecting on the past month, you have the mental space to set future goals. Set at least three aims for the month; it could be something you're most excited about, or something new you wish to learn. Use your time well to achieve your goals.
Asking yourself these questions at the end of each month can really help you reflect on your future plans, your values and your goals. Just 15 minutes of reflection can have an incredibly positive impact. Let us know how you get on!
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