Regular personal retrospectives?

Experimenting with celebrating success and personal goal setting

Nov 11
Regular personal retrospectives? Cosima Laube

It is been around 6 weeks ago. To be honest, I felt emotionally cringed and generally not in a too good shape back then. Close friends told me, that from an outer perspective this was totally understandable... . A lot was happening all at once - the third moval within a year and a sad yearday - just to name two.

As cognition alone did not affect my emotions sustainably I thought of taking dedicated time to step back and reflect.
To see and celebrate possible successes.
To identify and prioritize possible improvement areas.
To then take meaningful next step(s).

Sounds like a retrospective, doesn't it?

With that an experiment was born: instead of doing just another "big" personal retropective once a year I asked myself: Why not start doing smaller retrospectives throughout the year?

Six weeks ago I just started by jotting down all the good stuff (the 'heart side'). Surprisingly I remembered a lot I normally quickly forget during the daily grind. After that I wrote down the stuff which I wanted to change and improve (the ++ side). I identified three improvement areas and chose two to approach next. To make sure I could tackle them, I added two concrete actions each to be able to check (or even: measure) progress.

Four weeks ago, these "personal retro postits" moved first to my new home. Of course they are at a visible place to let the successes sink in more.
Yesterday I celebrated the first month in the new home. A perfect occasion to have the next retrospective today...

How about you? Do you do something like personal retrospectives? I would love to hear your stories and thoughts!

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Thank you for your comment, Steven. So how's it going here since I wrote this article? I found myself at the Fridays (maybe because I had some free Fridays during the last weeks) doing a small weekly retro in front of mthe existing post-its wall. Basically removing old stuff, adding the new positive stuff from the week and checking how the improvement areas are developing. Since 10 days I am doing a quick evening retro every 2-3 days. Am curious myself where the journey leads me to... . Two big retros each year also sound interesting; at which particular occasions are you doing these two retros?
Written on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:50:55 by Cosima
I'm still doing the two big retros each year. Your new approach sounds very interesting and promising! Please keep on writing about how this works out.
Written on Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:04:09 by Steven