Yesterday I took time out for a proper quarterly review. It was a good break from meandering between one project to another. It is something that I have wanted to do but, as always, never got around to doing in quite such a structured way. I had been feeling a little lost and unsure over recent weeks (months? years?) and so when the reminder popped up on my calendar and I had a clear day, I decided to go for it.
The big(gest) picture
I began with a time of spiritual reflection. I used elements from my own tradition and some from beyond. The aim was to think about my place among the bigger picture. It’s a time to see that there is more than just me, but to reiterate that I am part of that vastness.
I used random elements. I like using cards and so drew a couple from various spiritual packs to prompt my thoughts. I was able to learn a little about myself from those random elements. I also prayed and read some spiritual writings.
You don’t have to be religious or believe in a greater power for this time. It’s just about realising that there is more to life than just yourself. (Unless you are deeply into solipsism. ) Use any tools, routines or rituals that aid you in this, either sacred or secular.
In summary, I came away with using my wisdom and intuition to best foster my plans as I move forward.
I looked at the mirror of the universe and took note of my reflection
I next began to focus on where I wanted to be in certain areas of my life. This started with a look at my current situation. There were positives and negatives in there. I found that while I was good at keeping external deadlines, I was letting personal projects slip. There were also some more personal issues that leave me isolated, which will need addressing too.
I then compared where I was, with where I want to be. This is where the envisioned future comes into play. I know what I want to be doing and where I want to be, within reason. The gaps and differences were clear.
With the differences nice and obvious it was easy to fill in the final part of the review. What are my major priorities for the next quarter that will move the present toward the envisioned future. This was quite easy having compared the two lists. The hard part is implementing things.
The review was worth doing. I learnt some very specific things about myself and I have an action plan for the next three months. I have already added my next review to the calendar, I am looking forward to seeing how far I have got.
I’d recommend this sort of stepping back to everyone, especially anyone who is feeling a little lost, or lacking direction, or just feel that they are getting nowhere. I found it very helpful and I hope it will be beneficial over the next few months. Now, it’s time to get working.