Too often many of us don’t take enough time to reflect on our day…it seems like there’s never enough time to get everything done as it is. However, a new study from Harvard Business School (HBS) suggests that taking 15 minutes at the end of our workday to reflect on — and write out — our insights and successes from the day may make us more successful. Drake Baer’s article from the Financial Post’s Business Insider quotes HBS professor Francesca Gino, “When people have the opportunity to reflect, they experience a boost in self-efficacy.” She continues, “In the field study, we were asking people to work less. It’s counterintuitive, because you think you want to use those 15 minutes to keep working, but it actually leads to performance.”

Normally, we’d reserve this activity for after a meeting with staff or clients, to make sure we got all the details. What I love about this study is that it’s actually reinforcing the practise of presence and consciousness in business. Imagine if you took that 15 minutes before you left the office to write out your successes from the day…wouldn’t that set you up for more success the next day? Wouldn’t you head home feeling more optimistic and positive than focusing on the negative things, as so many of us are prone to do?

Set yourself up with this simple strategy for greater success by trying this 15-minute daily exercise and let us know how it works for you.

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