Reflection Experiment: One Year In

This blog was an experiment I started when I had some free time and was reflecting about what would allow me to be more effective at work and happier in life.  It’s been about a year since I started, and I thought it was time to review how it’s going.

Here are a few of the statistics:

  • Posts: 36
  • Views: 180
  • Frequent Topics:
    • Perspective –  67%
    • Encouragement – 53%
    • Practical Advice – 44%
    • Stories and Self-talk – 39%
    • Mindset – 39%

A few lessons come to mind I reflect on this experiment:

  • This has been incredibly fulfilling.  I’ve really enjoyed taking the time to think, express, and share.  I feel like I’ve learned a lot from rereading the things I’ve written, and from seeing the drastic difference in tone and feel that a few days worth of space can make.  I found this to be a really positive experience, and I want to keep it going.
  • This topic remains important.  As I reflect on the past year, I’m amazed by the number of conversations I’ve had with friends and acquaintances about stress, worry, success, and perspective in professional life.  I started this in large part to understand and steer my own path to finding meaningful, fulfilling, encouraging work. I believe that our careers should be overflowing with these attributes, but that most of us struggle with finding calm in the space where we spend most of our waking hours.  So I’m excited to continue to engage with it.
  • Perfect is the enemy of finished.  I shared 36 posts over the course of the year.  But I know I thought of hundreds of things I wanted to write about over that time.  Many of those ideas are simply lost.  With such a tangible, long term project, it’s sad to think about how much I meant to accomplish, but didn’t, because of my own view of what perfection requires.  I resolve to be willing to share shorter posts, more incomplete, and more frequently, going forward.
  • Often, I did better than I remember.  As I was reading through the archives, I was surprised by how often I had posted during some periods.  I share this as a point of encouragement:  we often don’t remember our successes or realize how far we’ve come.
  • Community.  To those that read these posts:  thank you.  I have really enjoyed sharing these thoughts.  Though I primarily write them for my own reflection and growth, some of the most fulfilling moments have been the conversations I have had with you.  I resolve to do better with sharing and engaging over the year to come.

So, the experiment will continue.  Thank you for reading, and let me know any comments, feedback, or suggestions that you have, and take care!

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