Reflection Canvas

This is a fun and fresh visual take on thinking about how you want to improve. Spoiler: it’s not about goals or resolutions!

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Resolutions don’t work, and the New Year shouldn’t be the only time you think about improving yourself. Get more out of the year ahead, and help yourself or your team to capture smaller but more practical and effective changes.

A picture of the Reflection Canvas, showing an outline of a figure with three places to capture your thoughts about what you want to think, do, and care about more, and what you want to think, do, and care about less, in the year ahead

Setting goals is great as a way of improving ourselves or our team, but as more and more of us are realising, it’s the smaller daily habits that nudge us further along to where we really want to be. This canvas uses the simple but effective ‘more of’ / ‘less of’ prompt as a way to help you see what specific areas you would like to change in the year ahead.

When to use this canvas

  • At the start of the year, to establish some small but practical and effective changes to stick to throughout the coming weeks and months.
  • At the start of a new project, to galvanise a whole team, both individually and collectively.
  • At the end of a project, as a retrospective, or as a way of reflecting on how the project went, and how you and/or your team would like to improve.

It’s simple to do:

  • Reflect - Think about the previous year, or month, or project you’ve been working on
  • Think - What do you want to think more about? This could be about learning something new, or being more actively aware of something important to you. What do you want to think less about? Are there any limiting beliefs you are carrying, or worries you want to let go of?
  • Do - What do you want to do more of? This could be productivity-related, people-related, or learning related. What do you want to do less of? Do you have any habits that are no longer useful to you?
  • Care - What do you want to care more about? What would be better off, if you paid more attention to it? What do you want to care less about? Are there any worries or anxieties you have, that are holding you back?

This resource contains:

  • 1-page canvas, to either print out, or to copy in a notebook, or onto a whiteboard or online collaboration canvas

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