#2: Three ways we build reflection into our days

When was the last time you set aside time to reflect — either personally or at work?

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When was the last time you set aside time to reflect — either personally or at work?

If you don’t remember, you’re not alone. While many of us are convinced of the value of reflection, we rarely prioritize it.

Harvard Business Review has caught on to the trend. In the last year they have published multiple pieces on the topic, including: How to Regain the Lost Art of ReflectionStart Practicing Self-Reflection in a Few Simple Steps, and How Self-Reflection Can Help Leaders Stay Motivated.

So what do we do about it?

Here are 3 ways we build reflection into our days:

  • Every day, we start and end with a short reflection, otherwise known as the check-in and check-out. Simple prompts ask us to reflect on ourselves, our work, and our days in a very specific way. For example: What is one thing that sparked your imagination this morning? What was one thing you felt proud of today?

  • Each week, we close with a 15 minute reflection. Individually, we take 10 minutes to write about a lesson we’ve taken away from the week.Then, we share our reflections with the team. The writing itself is often rough but the practice alone prompts us to capture valuable insights.

  • Each season, we take 1–2 days to reflect on our strategic intent. This ritual, called Re:Tool, allows us to zoom out, discuss how we’re progressing towards our mission, and adjust our efforts for the upcoming season.

While it may sound counterintuitive, taking time to pause and reflect has helped us to build momentum. In big ways and small, we’re finding that a practice of reflection breathes oxygen into our busy lives, giving us more energy to pour into our mission.

— Rachel + the team



Adam Selzer