T: Think Time
Why pick one “t” word when you can pick two?!
As I move towards the end of this reflective journal, I am reminded of how fast time flies. There is never enough of it when you really need it. [Yet Mondays often seem to crawl, don’t they?!] I have written about time in relation to reflection before:
In S: “There is never enough time. We all have the same 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week.” Then I reminded myself to SLOW DOWN!
In O: “Often when I hear people talk about the reasons [or excuses] they do not reflect much, time is mentioned.” I went on to share how I organize my calendar to provide time for reflection.
In M: “We can only truly think about our own thinking if we take the time.”
In L: I mention the need to take time to truly listen to others.
In C: I discussed the need to make time to reflect, especially during times of change, which are often stressful.
In A: “I think it is important to take the time to stop, be grateful for what you have, and appreciate the hard work YOU put into getting to this point.”
Clearly, I have been repetitive over the last five months! But I think it is important to note that when you are trying to focus on reflection, you must consider time. Making the time to reflect, finding the time to close the door and read/write/ view/ think in order to enhance your leadership and learning. Regardless of whether I am blogging, writing in my private journal, or reflecting with colleagues, I will continue to add “Think time” to my “To do list”.
Reflective questions to consider:
- How do you build in think time?
- When you feel short on time, how do you prioritize?
Abecedary of Reflection