Building time into your day to reflect is one of the simplest ways to take stock, lick your wounds, and prepare to have a better day tomorrow.
After the last two months, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my position at work. It’s been eight weeks since we went through an organisation change and I found myself leading a team of content professionals across multiple sites. It wasn’t what I was expecting to be doing six months ago.
That’s not to say, it’s not something I want to do, just that it wasn’t part of my plan.
Reflecting on my day has been a habit for several months. I suppose if you include my weekly reviews as part of my Getting Things Done system, I’ve been reflecting on progress for several years. But to take that reflection and focus it on the day you’ve just had, preferably at the end of your day is better.
When I’m reflecting I ask myself these simple questions:
- What went well today?
- What have I learnt?
- What’s my mood been like?
And to top it all, I give myself a score for the day. Nothing fancy. Just a number between 1 and 5. Then I keep these in a spreadsheet and keep an eye on any trends. The point of this exercise for me is to keep me looking forward. Changing role is stressful and I need to know that on days when I’m feeling stress, there are likely to be days on either side when it’s been absolutely fine. Or if there’s been a run of stressful days, that I can quickly identify what’s causing it and make corrections to address it.
Leo Babauta has a great post on it here.
Make daily reflection a habit and you’ll soon see the benefits.