For the last decade of work, I had a longer commute to work. I could use this time to prepare my mind for the day ahead, looking through the windshield at all the possibilities. As my day completed, I could look back through the rearview mirror, leaving behind issues I could handle tomorrow as I reminded myself of all we accomplished today and the work at home ahead as I turned back to the road ahead. I rarely spent enough time holding the mirror in my hands to reflect on my personal needs. Do you have a reflection time set aside? Which mirror or mirrors do you use?
The best time to reflect on the beginning to the start of your day is your commute. Maybe your commute is a short one; you travel in a different way to get to work or not at all. Take a few minutes each morning to reflect on how to approach your day.
Maybe you want to pose one of these questions to yourself or to your team to think about.
We can pack up our belongings and head home. There is no need to take all of the unfinished business home to do because it will greet you in the morning. Trying to overdo it each day will cause severe health issues over time. Complete what is essential and take time to unwind, rewind and refresh.
Spending time with family, friends, and faith is needed to help your mind, body, and soul recover from a hard work day. Asking yourself these questions on the commute home will provide a time of reflection on all you accomplished in the day. In addition, reflection helps you learn to let go of what you cannot control.
It is never easy to look at yourself and determine the areas you need to improve because you have fears and do not always provide the best-unbiased opinions. I know I have said, “I don’t do that.” The harsh truth is sometimes hard to swallow, but to make the growth we need, we must be honest. So asking these questions will only hurt you in asking and answering. But once we can identify issues, we can find solutions.
Taking time to use questions to ask yourself and others is an integral part of reflection. Seeking to understand and then working to develop plans for improvement drives growth. Action steps taken keep us moving forward in the direction of our mission and vision. Success is achieved when we actively work to grow, improve and develop.