Note to Self is a very simple check-out activity. It focuses on the self, without any commitments to the group. Therefore, it is a good option after group conversations without clear group action items.

Running the activity:

  1. Ask participants to grab a pen and a sticky note.
  2. Give them one minute to reflect upon the discussion that has just ended.
  3. Request each person to write a note to self about something they want to have and put on their laptop as a reminder for the future.

Though simple, writing a note and then reading it later on is a powerful way to have a person think and then ponder (again) on something. Reflections are very personal, and not everything needs to be a group discussion or group action items. We find the note to self very powerful for fostering individual thoughts and reflections.


Remote-team advice: This activity works well for remote teams, as each participant writes their note individually and keeps it to themselves.