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Schedule time for reflection


Date: 2010-09-17 10:29 Comments: 0 st

You spend quite a substantial amount of hours of your life working every week. If everything you do is about the details here and now, you’ll find that everything just keeps on spinning.

??You might have become quite good at defining the next steps in what you’re doing as tangible, detailed to-do tasks. You complete the tasks you have to do one by one, you work with your overview and check where you are right now in the different small or big projects you are running.

You have got a to-do-list, you have got a waiting-for-list, you store your referencematerial in a systematic way and you do a weekly overview. You check off your lists, review your work, start new projects and keep track of everything.??But, after a while you might feel that this well-structured, systematic way of working is a bit too mechanical. Isn’t it true that you also need time for the wide open spaces, for the unexpected, for clarity and reflection?

Spend time with the big perspectives

Regularly schedule time for reflection. Whether you spend ten minutes or two hours at a time, it’ll be time well spent.??If you occasionally raise your eyes and spend time with the big perspectives, you’ll feel more connected to the future as well as the past. You will to a greater extent experience that you are able to influence where you are right now and where you are going; in your professional life and with your business.

Do this

  1. Decide when and for how long your time for reflection is going to be this time.
  2. Schedule that time in your agenda.
  3. When the time has come, equip yourself with an empty white-board and a few well-filled white-board markers, or your favorite notepad and a pen you really enjoy writing with.
  4. Turn off the phone and close the door, so you will remain undisturbed.
  5. Sit back and wait.
  6. Reflect on everything that comes to mind and use the note material to help you. If a few to-do-items is the result of your pondering and reflection, add them to your to-do-list as usual. Therefore keep your to-do-list close at hand, so that you are able to quickly “get rid of” the tasks you have come up with.

Personally, I use a blank horizontal sheet of paper to write down a few key words that represent what I have got on my mind these days, whatever is spinning in my head. It can be some assignments I’m working on or a couple of internal development projects I’m running. The words are often accompanied by geometric shapes and arrows. This is entirely without theoretical or scientific backup, it’s just a way for me to reflect on what occupies my mind using visual aid in order to clarify and see links and relationships that weren’t clear from the beginning.

Don’t plan what you are going to think about

Let this be free and completely unplanned time, where you have no specific agenda. Do not decide to reflect on anything in particular and do not make it into an occasion during the week when you skim through your to-do-list, your projects, review what replies from others your waiting for et c. Let it be a completely white, blank, empty appointment in the agenda with yourself.??It won’t be the time during the week when you get plenty of specific tasks done, but it could be the moments which make you work with more energy, focus and joy for the rest of the week’s more intense working hours.

How do you do it?

How do you do to be able to see your business and your situation in a bigger perspective?

You are most welcome to leave a comment below.

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