It’s Spring. Yes it really is now. We are even getting blossom in my cherry tree.

There is growth all around us (note to self, must trim the roses before they get totally out of control).

One of my favourite things growing in my world this year is the Design Your Year community. It’s a small group of people who come together every few months to reflect, set intentions and move into the coming months with more awareness and alignment.

News flash. Reflection is important.

It helps to untangle the mess of what has gone on. It helps us to learn from our mistakes and our successes.

Research by Giada Di Stefano, Francesca Gino, Gary Pisano, and Bradley Staats in call centers showed that employees who spent 15 minutes at the end of the day reflecting on lessons learned performed 23% better after 10 days than those who did not reflect. There are other studies that show similar things.

So why don’t we do it? The top reasons from my conversations:

  • we don’t know how (and that makes us feel a little bit silly and inept)
  • we think there is a formula to get it right
  • we have a bias to action and reflection asks us to slow down
  • we are scared about what we might find it we really reflect on what we could have done better

That’s why it’s useful to do it in community, everyone can support each other and the coach (me!) can provide a structure to make it safer.

So far this year the Design Your Year community started with an intention setting event in January and we just met to review how our year was going so far. We looked back and see what has been challenging, and what has been easy. There were lots of aha moments hearing other people’s reflections and it was supportive and safe. We did a visulisation and reset to plan what we want the next few months to be like.

Scroll down for the questions we used to do your own reflection as we move into spring.

My own reflections focused on how long the winter had felt, how I’d wanted to do more, how much anxiety was in the UK air at the moment. And how much great stuff I’d achieved once I sat back and thought about it.

New professional partnerships have emerged. I’ve written more (not as much as I wanted to but more than perhaps I had realistically hoped). I’ve made time to be with my son and just hang out on Monday’s. I’m leading some new things in the charity I’m a Trustee of. We are completing the home office that has been a year long labour of love.

There have been some challenges but the list was not perhaps as long as it felt at the time. Funny that.

So these next few months I’m going to lean into what is working.

  • Hold onto my word for the year (Relaxed).
  • Run a kickass retreat in June and do some amazing work together with my lovely coaching clients.
  • Work on launching a leadership product for the autumn.
  • Most importantly I’m going to spend time with myself and those I love.

What is your Spring going to hold?

My ultimate Spring Planning Questions

Looking back

  • What went well the first 3 months of this year? And why?
  • What were you favourite moments?
  • What was challenging? and what was the biggest lesson you learned?
  • How did your word for the year support you?
  • How are you being who you want to be? Feeling how you want to feel? Doing what you want to do?

Looking forward

  • What are you craving now? What will you focus on for the next 3 months?
  • How would you like to recommit to your word?
  • How can you utilize what’s working for you?
  • What do you need to shift?
  • What are your goals for the next quarter?
  • What action items are you committing to?