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Learning From January

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By Emily Quinton

Each month I sit down and write myself a Good, Bad, Better list to reflect on the month and learn from it, so that I can keep growing in both my work and my life.

I put all the Good things down first and I use my diary and my Instagram to help me. Next I think about the things that didn't go so well for my Bad list. I include things in this column that I wanted to do but didn't or couldn't.

And then I look at what I can do Better in this new month. If it is to do with a process then I look at how to improve things. I might look for a book or blog post on the subject if I feel that I could do with some help with it.

If it is to do with time management then I spend time with my calendar and do my best to make it work better for me.

And if it's to do with feeling overwhelmed or burnt out then I make sure that I schedule time enough time for myself and/or time with friends and family.

I don't blame myself or get myself into a negative spiral with this activity. I look at what changes I can make and what I can learn. This is about growth and development, not about telling yourself off!

Some of the things in my Bad list may be out of my control, so I spend time thinking about how I responded to them and making sure I am feeling okay. I want to bring as little negativity from the past month into the new month as possible! The book I featured on Wednesday can help with this if you are struggling to take care of yourself when things go wrong.

It is important to also learn from the things in the Good column too. How can you make more stuff like that happen in this new month?

To help you with this task each month one of our lovely members, Ju from Blueberry Living has made us a beautiful print-out. See above! To download your copy pop over to her beautiful site and sign-up for her downloads. You will find some other wonderful things there too!

Enjoy and happy reflecting! xo

I'm Emily Quinton, photographer, writer, teacher and mother of four. Along with my husband Stef I run Makelight – a membership community for creators, makers and doers.

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