The power of self-reflection

It’s often easy to plow through a day’s work or the activities that keep us busy, almost living life on a speed dial of some sort. In the back of our minds we know there is a need to slow down and calibrate (or do we?) on what we are learning, doing well, not so well — but how often can one really say we do this?

For me personally, creating the space and time as tactical as scheduling calendar slots to just ‘reflect’ has been instrumental in identifying opportunities for self growth and developing tangible ways to address this. To be clear, scheduling the time should not then be used for one to stare into space trying to think about what they learned but should rather be a reflective exercise where you can ask yourself 4 main questions;

  • What are you grateful for today?
  • What did you learn today?
  • What could you have done better?
  • What were your wins? (bragging rights)
How often do you spend time looking within? (image reference)

Within this framework you can lean into thinking more critically about what really matters to you, what excites you, what makes you not feel so good and as a side bonus you start to become more in tune with how you’re spending your time. This type of framework is a tool that can be used daily or weekly. But another surface of reflection is being able to sit down every month and as simplistic as jotting down what we want to achieve in the month, develop 2–3 key milestones that are check points and at the end of the month reflect on what we achieved, did not achieve or de-prioritized. I prefer this approach to getting stuff done ‘GSD’ versus having a long list of New Year resolutions on Jan 1 that typically have a life expectancy of a few weeks-month max #nokidding