Self-awareness is a superpower and one of the ways we can get to know ourselves better is through reflection. Making reflection part of your routine will help you to regularly commit time to slow down, take a step back, and gain perspective on what’s going on and how you want to move forward.
This can be a daunting task when there’s a blank page in front of you, so below you’ll find some approaches, prompts and templates for making reflection part of your routine at different intervals.
Daily journaling is an ongoing conversation with yourself. It’s a space to learn about yourself through a deeper understanding of your thoughts, feelings and actions.
The thought of daily journaling can feel like a big commitment or a time consuming activity, but it doesn’t have to be. There’s no requirement to pour your heart out onto the page, something as simple as a few sentences summarising your day can be effective. Or you might choose to jot down a series of bullet point lists including what went well, what challenged you and what you’re grateful for. What’s most important is finding an approach that suits you.
Give it a try and see what difference it makes for you over the next few weeks.
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Daily and weekly preview/ review
The preview/review approach is something I’ve been using as a template for reflection for the past few years. It helps me to:
- set intentions
- stay on track
- identify and overcome obstacles, and
- celebrate successes
The preview, at the start of the day or week, is a check-in of how you’re feeling and asks you to set intentions for what you want to get done.
Mid-way through is a check-in to review what’s going well and what, if anything, needs to change.
To round things off at the end of the day or week, the review asks what happened, what you learned and what you’ll do next.
To get started with the preview/review approach download the daily and weekly templates with reflective prompts for each stage of the process.
Join me on the last Friday of the month for a virtual planning session. Ideal for anyone who needs a quiet hour to get prepared for the month ahead and some accountability to actually make that happen. Whatever the method you use to plan, bring it along and get your planning done with us.