I have written about the value of taking time to reflect before. In that post I shared my desire to develop a habit of reflecting. I’m back today to revisit the idea by sharing two resources that have helped me cultivate that habit.
A colleague gave me the book Leading Every Day: 124 Actions for Effective Leadership by Joyce Kaser, Susan Mundry, Katherine E. Stiles, and Susan Loucks-Horsley.
This book is structured in a user-friendly way with built-in reflection questions. Each day has a leadership topic, a relevant quote and 2-4 paragraphs about the topic. The authors then provide a list of reflective questions to consider (as well as blank space to actually write in the book if you want!). I carve out time every morning I can to read at least one “day” and record my reflections in my working journal. This practice has helped me build a better habit of reflecting and has exposed me to a wide variety of leadership quotes and resources. I encourage anyone interested to use this book, or something similar, to build a reflection habit.
Another colleague gave me this jar as a gift: Wisdom, Quotes, Inspiration.
Not only do I love the sea theme (I am a Jersey Shore girl by nature!) and the fact that it was a creative, unexpected gift, but it has been a great source of reflection. Each day I take out one quote to read and reflect on, adding to my reflective journal. I have been a collector of quotes for decades, but not knowing what quotes may appear has made me truly stop, read, and think about each and every quote. Not only do I wonder about the meaning of the quote within my life and work, but I wonder about the relevance of the quote in the life of the person who gave me this jar. In my first week I have read quotes that I know and love as well as quotes I had never seen. I encourage you to consider creating this type of gift for someone else, as there is power in the words you find to be meaningful.
- Have you developed a reflection habit?
- What has helped you?
Here are some other bloggers thoughts on reflection:
- The Power of Reflection
- You can close the door sometimes
- Making time for reflection
- Washington Post article on leadership and reflection
- Not to mention all of the blogs with the word reflection in their name (there are too many to list and I enjoy so many of them!)