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Inspirational Nugget of the Week
Reflect Your Day
When was the last time you took a couple of minutes at the end of a day to reflect on what happened during the workday? Here's why I think you should make it a habit and how to start.
In the evening after a day of work, the events of the day are still fresh in our minds. We can use this to harvest valuable information from our brains and prime ourselves for the next day of work.
Here's a script you can use for your own daily reflection:
Go through the events of the day in your mind and write them down in bullet points (or in complete sentences, to make this even more effective). Mull over them for a minute. Ask yourself what you would do differently in retrospect.
Take note of any insights that come up while going through the day's events. What have you learned that you didn't know before? You may not have realized that you have learned something during the day, but you might realize it now. Take notes about your learnings for later reference. Would you want to write a blog post about it? Or a tweet? Daily reflection is a great source of inspiration in general and tweeting material in particular!
Ask yourself what you have achieved today / this week / this month. Now is a great time to add an item to your list of achievements. This list a great tool to boost motivation and you can use it to prepare for a promotion.
Organize your projects' next important tasks. Update the list of tasks in the different projects you're working on. What did you get done? What new tasks came up? What new tasks are coming up while you're thinking about this?
Ask yourself what is going to be the most important thing to do tomorrow. Do this the next morning before even looking into your mail or Slack. This will boost your productivity for that task because you don't have to convince your brain to do it in the morning.
Going through a script like this every night, you'll be able to sleep better at night because you have already processed the day's information and your brain won't try to do it unconsciously. You'll be better prepared for the next day because you've thought about it already. And you'll have taken notes about the day so you know where to look for this information the next day.
The above script is just a starting point. Replace its steps with steps you find important for yourself. Write down a list of questions that you want to answer each night. Make it a daily ritual. It will be worth it.