I’ve often said that one of the most important things we can learn to do as people and organizations is to slow down so we can go faster. This seeming contradiction is actually quite necessary if we want to ensure we’re working on the most valuable things and at the most effective pace.
This time of year is one of reflection for all of us. It’s a great opportunity to make it a time of quiet reflection. Quiet involves deliberately seeking out a place where we can get away from the noise and distractions that plague us each day and often prevent us from hearing and seeing what’s most important.
“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter Drucker
It’s more than just recharging so we can come back to work in the new year full of steam – it’s also about ordering our thoughts and priorities, taking time to think clearly about what matters most and acknowledging what this past year has truly taught us so that we can go forward better prepared.
What are the lessons learnt this year that will be most helpful for the coming year? How can you ensure that you will get some quiet reflection during this season?