How has work changed for you and your company since the start of the pandemic?

Recently I was having a conversation with my brother about this. Both of us have been forced into remote work as our norm since the beginning of the year. As we talked it became clear that we’ve experienced similar benefits and challenges despite being in different fields. One of the things I try to do consistently in my job is evaluate what’s working and what isn’t so I can make adjustments. But this conversation made me realize I hadn’t spent enough time reflecting on the ways the pandemic has changed things–both for better and for worse. 

by Trevor Lee

When we had kids my wife started a tradition of doing a “New Year’s Interview” each year on December 31. It was sort of a personal “state of the union.” She wrote down things like achievements from the past year, favorite foods, and what they most enjoyed doing. As they got older it became something they could do for themselves and it became a useful way of helping them consider various aspects of their lives.

While intentional reflection is important for leaders throughout the year, the year’s end has a way of forcing that reflection when busyness has pushed it to the back burner. Reflection on its own won’t really be useful to you or your business though. When my kids fill out their “New Year’s Interview” as fast as they can and never look at it again it’s really a pointless exercise. So how can you make sure your reflection is worth the time?