The power of reflection
Do you ever stop to think about the present moment? Do you sit and think about your day or week and how it’s going? If it’s going well, do you reflect on why and try to mimic that going forward? Or if it’s not going well, do you think about why that is and try to make a change in days to come?
I know what you’re thinking: ‘I don’t have time.’
In this day and age time seems to move so fast because we are all so busy running around at work, university or at home and we end up going through the motions with no clear direction.
If we spend just five minutes in solitude reflecting on the day or week that has gone by, we can discover things that may have gone unnoticed as we continue to go through the motions of life.
Five to ten minutes a day is really all it takes.
Starting your morning off with reflection can set you up for a highly productive day at work, university or even at home. Ask yourself some questions like:
What do I want to achieve today?
What high-priority tasks do I need to complete today?
Do I have any deadlines to meet today or this week?
What is the first thing I’m going to do when I get to work / university today?
What personal goals am I setting myself today?
You can write these questions and your answers down if you like, but you don’t have to. It’s just about starting your day off mindfully and setting purpose for your day.
Finish your day by reflecting on the events (big or small) that occurred throughout the day. Ask yourself questions like:
Did I achieve what I set out to achieve today?
Did anything get in the way of any tasks I had set out to do? If so, was it essential that I dropped everything in that moment, or could I have set it aside until my high priority tasks were completed?
What did I do well today?
What can I improve on tomorrow?
Did I achieve my personal goals today?
At the end of the week, it’s great to do a summary reflection, taking the time to ask yourself questions such as:
What did I do well this week?
What could I have done better?
What was a big time waster this week?
Did I achieve the goals I set myself this week?
What are my goals for next week?
Try to complete these simple mindfulness tasks daily. If you miss a day here and there, don’t beat yourself up. It’s not about that. It’s about having clear direction in your daily life and going about your tasks in a productive, mindful manner.