It’s Time to Start, Stop and Continue

Tips for Business Leaders to Review 2020 and Move Forward in New Year

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

One of the most powerful opportunities we have amidst the vastly challenging days of 2020 is to savor the moment and slow down enough to be grateful for the gifts and wins it has offered. 

Slowing down, which many of us have appreciated, has enriched our relationships and encouraged renewed peace of mind. I’m not negating the hard stuff, simply suggesting we seize the moment for perspective. 

One activity I’m suggesting for EVERY leader I know in their business and personal life is to take 30-60 minutes and do a review of 2020. Look backward in your business and write down what’s working, what has become more efficient, what is better and has connected you. Put this is your “keep” column to remind yourself not to throw out the baby with the bath water. Do this at home as well – it’s a game changer and your gratitude will bring peace of mind. 

Then, take a more critical review of 2020. What will you stop doing, discontinue, only return to if…? Put those in a “stop” column. There are many things that were inefficient, time consuming, kept us in busyness, but weren’t productive, efficient or helpful. Again, consider this for your personal life as well.  

Last, what will you maintain? In your review for work and home, what are the traditions, processes, activities and long held standards that serve you well? What has endured to keep you resilient regardless of the amount of change, challenge, and disruption. Add these things to a “maintain” or “continue” column.  

To heighten the visual effect, use color to enhance the columns and keep a running list as 2021 offers new opportunities and challenges with return to work. (I use green for start, red for stop and blue for continue!) Add to your lists whenever you can as this will evolve over time (just like it’s been doing!).  

Watch my video on Start, Stop, Continue for even more information.

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...


    Start, Stop and Continue

    by Sue Hawkes

    Feeling Burnt Out? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions

    by Kelly McNelis
    José Antonio Luque Olmedo/Getty Images

    23 Innovative Ways To Set Yourself Up For Success in the New Year

    by Marina Khidekel
    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.