Whether it’s the end of the day, end of the week, closing of the month, finishing current job or finish of a life phase; it’s important to close the chapter.
In the beginning of 2013 I wrote about my experience with year-end review. And I also started doing regular weekly and monthly reviews. I consider it important, because this moments offer me the chance to actually learn from the past.
People don’t learn from experience. They learn from reflecting on their experience.
When you revisit and think through what happened, you have the chance to learn and apply the findings in the future. And you can start the next chapter fresh.
Today I was studying some of our company training material on how to debrief the group after situational exercise. I found steps which you could use to guide your closings.
IT’S SIX SIMPLE QUESTIONS:
How do you feel?
An important opening question. It gives the chance to express emotion connected with the experience. It opens you for more factual analysis further on.
What are the facts? What did you do? What did others do? No conclusions, just plain facts. Start broad, then go into more details. Stay factual.
What did you learn?
Draw conclusions. What do you learn from particular events and actions? What do they mean?
How does it relate to „actual world“?
This question is specific for training situations. When you debrief your real-life experience, I would just skip it.
Go and speculate. Question yourself on what would you do differently. What if you would act in another way? To what areas can you transfer the learning?
Time to follow-up. What will you do in the future? How will you change the behaviour based on your learning? Plan clear actions.
I hope this will help you close your chapters properly. If you don’t debrief your experiences, start doing so. Give yourself the the chance to learn and start fresh. And let me know, how you’re doing 😉