Individual reflection helps to pick apart complex experiences so that the successes of the experience can be repeated and the failures can be avoided in the future. The format is flexible, taking you through key stages of the reflection process, and ending with key action points.
To pick apart complex experiences, to examine the factors of success or failure
This is an individual exercise. You are facilitating your own reflective process. First, create the right physical and mental state for reflection. Finish any pressing tasks. Send any important emails. If possible, go somewhere quiet.
You don’t have to be too rigid with this process. Reflection, once you are in the habit, can be done almost anywhere. The crucial thing is to make space in your life for quiet, focused contemplation.
Check-in with yourself: How do you feel? How was the day? What’s on your mind? Take a few moments to get into become present in the moment. Decide what experience your reflection will focus on (e.g. a meeting that has recently taken place, the previous day, etc.)
You may wish to write down reflections with a pen and paper, free from the distractions of computers, phones, or tablets. Set times for each of the following questions, depending on how much time you have:
- What happened during the experience?
- How did I feel and what were my reactions?
- What insights or conclusions can I draw from the experience?
- What actions can I take based on what I learned?
If relevant, set deadlines for each of the actions you have identified during your reflections and share them with a colleague. Your colleague can support you to complete them.
Source: Hyper Island toolbox
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