Why You Should Make Time For Self-Reflection

Why You Should Make Time For Self-Reflection

When was the last time you took a moment to reflect on your life? Maybe it was at the end of December when you were getting ready to welcome the new year (we all love a little end-of-the-year reflecting, right?). Other than that, there aren’t many times when we might feel compelled to spend time in self-reflection.

The truth is that many of us are so busy trying to move forward with our lives that we rarely take a moment to slow down and be at one with our thoughts. Plus, we often don’t recognize the importance of self-reflection and the impact it can have on our lives.

What if we made self-reflection part of our everyday routine instead of a yearly thing?

In my opinion, self-reflection is one of the best ways that you can shift your mindset, increase positivity in your life, and discover a greater connection to yourself

What is self-reflection?

Self-reflection is like looking into a mirror and describing what you see. It is a way of assessing yourself, your ways of working, and how you study. To put it simply ‘reflection’ means to think about something. Reflecting and composing a piece of self-reflective writing is becoming an increasingly important element of any form of study or learning.

Why is self-reflection important?

Reflecting helps you to develop your skills and review their effectiveness, rather than just carry on doing things as you have always done them. It is about questioning, in a positive way, what you do and why you do it and then deciding whether there is a better, or more efficient, way of doing it in the future.

In any role, whether at home or at work, reflection is an important part of learning. You wouldn’t use a recipe a second time around if the dish didn’t work the first time, would you? You would either adjust the recipe or find a new and, hopefully, better one. When we learn we can become stuck in a routine that may not be working effectively. Thinking about your own skills can help you identify changes you might need to make.

Reflective questions to ask yourself:

  • Strengths – What are my strengths? For example, am I well organized? Do I remember things?
  • Weaknesses – What are my weaknesses? For example, am I easily distracted? Do I need more practice with a particular skill?
  • Skills – What skills do I have and what am I good at?
  • Problems – What problems are there at work/home that may affect me? For example, responsibilities or distractions that may impact on study or work.
  • Achievements – What have I achieved?
  • Happiness – Are there things that I am unhappy with or disappointed about? What makes me happy?
  • Solutions – What could I do to improve in these areas?

Although self-reflection can seem difficult at first, or even selfish or embarrassing, as it does not come naturally. you will find it becomes easier with practice and the end result could be a happier and more efficient you.

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