A client mentioned this recently, and I’m guessing some of you can relate:
On a daily basis, I go from task to task, event to event, responding to the world’s demands, reacting to urgencies, emails, and deadlines. I don’t have any “thinking time”… to reflect, to reconnect to my deeper purpose & motivation.
If that describes you, then this post is for you...
Schedule Self-Care First
When I schedule my calendar, self-care comes first.
Keep strong boundaries for self-care, remembering that only with a balanced and renewed self, are we capable of being effective in the world and helping others.
This is why I recommend scheduling your self-care first. Your state is your top priority. From there, everything else can be accomplished and done with higher quality. Get into your higher, beautiful state first.
Ways of doing Reflection Time
Here are some times that you can reserve for reflection:
What would you like to commit to? Intentionality is key.
Schedule it into your calendar / block it off so others can’t demand your time.
Tell anyone who will be affected: co-workers, clients, coach, family and friends. Let them support you in keeping your reflection time sacred.
Questions for Reflection
During the time you’ve set aside for reflection, it’s helpful to be intentional about some of it, rather than only letting your mind wander, which can sometimes be eaten up by negative thoughts.
Here are some questions — pick any one of them — and then after considering the question for a few minutes (talking out loud if it helps), then allow your mind to wander into possible answers…
Is there another question that you love reflecting on? Comment below.
During or after your reflection time, be sure to capture your thoughts. It can be in a journal, or with your phone’s memo app, or right into your to-do list.
Now it’s your turn: Put this into practice.
The world needs you to be your most renewed and creative self.
If you’ve read this far, your spirit is probably asking you to have more (and better) reflection time…
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for small business owners, especially solopreneurs such as Coaches and Mentors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.
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