Welcome back to the 30-Day Productivity Challenge by the famous YouTuber, former doctor and now writer Ali Abdaal.
We have officially arrived within the fourth and final week of this challenge. We have already managed to set our goals, build a productivity system, think about our sleeping habits and so much more.
But after all that, the most important part of being consistent and productive is to reflect on your daily, monthly and quarterly actions.
I mean, what is the point of setting goals if you don’t check now and then if you get closer to them? That means we can only step ahead by looking back in time and trying to understand if we have been making good or bad progress. Based on that reflection, you can then act in the present. The famous philosopher Søren Kierkegaard beautifully said:
"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."
We must live our lives acting forward but looking backwards. Only then can we understand, comprehend, and solve the problems that will be thrown at our faces.
🌅 Why should you reflect
Picture a brilliant mind constantly pondering the very essence of reality and the profound impact of his groundbreaking theories. Einstein didn't just unravel the mysteries of time, space, and the universe; he took us on a captivating journey through the philosophical realms of physics. His thoughts weren't just equations on paper; they were profound reflections that opened new doors to understanding our existence.
Why did Einstein reflect? Why did he want to connect with philosophy instead of just physics?
It was all about finding yourself to do your best work.
📆 Weekly review
I had never taken reflection seriously until about two weeks ago when I did my first weekly review. A weekly review is an elementary process where you sit down and ask yourself simple questions about what has happened over the last week. I was inspired by the methods Ali used, so I answered the following journaling prompts:
- 🎯 Name your 3–5 goals of the year. You do this to remember what you want to accomplish and to have a clear destination in your head.
- 🚀 Review the previous week’s accomplishments. Seeing what was good in the past reminds you that life is filled with good moments. Realising this massively changed my mood towards the next week because I knew there was something to work for.
- 🏋️ What were your challenges last week? Learning from your mistakes and challenges helps you to understand how you can deal with certain situations in life. It is incredibly important to keep these in mind to act correctly in situations where it is important.
- 🥇Top 3 outcomes for next week. As with yearly goals, it is essential to set little weekly goals which you can look forward to achieving.
Reflection is all about accepting that you live with a choice at every moment. You have the choice and the power to dictate the trajectory of your life.
Will you learn from the past and not watch TV before bed but read a book instead?
Will you study to get good grades, or will you say it’s the teacher’s fault?
Will you accept the fate that your life is only in your hands?
Will you do all these things, or will you fail?
Your life depends on it. Choose the hard part. Reflect. Succeed.
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