… and the good news is you already have it!
There’s so much that vies for our attention today. Information and requests come at us from so many places. It’s no wonder we feel like we’re in a fog when it comes to navigating our day.
It would be so much easier if we had a map that told us exactly what to do as we need to do it so we could successfully get to our destination, achieve our goals and get stuff done.
Do you remember the old street directories we’d buy to get around years ago?
We called ours the UBD, simply because that was the company that created them. Each year a new edition would be released that included new roads and changes.
I loved using that book when I’d go to the ‘big city’ to visit my husband when we were dating. We didn’t live in the same town until we were married. Travelling around the city was so much easier when I knew where I was going.
Fast forward a bunch of years …
I confess, it’s taken me a while to get use to the Map app and to let it tell me where I need to go since I’d been using a physical book for such a long time. However, I really like seeing the little blue dot move along the path and show me where I’m at in my journey.
That’s pretty cool!
Did you know there’s a tool you can use to do the same thing with your daily planning?
With this tool you’ll know where things are at on any given day. It’s like creating your own map with a blue dot that tracks where you are and makes it easy to know what’s ahead and how far you’ve got to go.
Imagine how much easier it would be to navigate each day, especially when you’re in a fog of overwhelmed, with this tool.
You would have a plan and be able to organise each day with confidence, knowing what to spend your time on, and that it’s the stuff that matters.
It would be easier to know what to say yes to and what to gracefully decline.
This remarkable tool is reflection.
The good news is you already have it! Actually you use it everyday and most likely without even realising 😉
Using reflection intentionally makes navigating your day so much easier.
There are numerous ways to use reflection in how you plan and organise your day. Use the way I’m sharing with you today as a starting point for creating your own strategies.
How to use reflection in planning and organising your day
There are two key ways I use reflection to make planning and organising my easier.
The first way follows on from last weeks article on weekly meetings.
Once you’ve had one weekly meeting you can look back and see what the next steps are in reaching your goals, together. You have a way to measure what you need to do with what you’ve accomplished. Reflection highlights the gap and shows you what you need to do next. It helps you stay on task, focused and avoid distractions. And if you’re like me, it helps to keep from starting yet another project 😉
The second way I like to use reflection to help navigate my way is with daily gratitude journalling.
It’s easy to lose sight and forget the wins, the progress we’ve achieved. Taking a few minutes each day to count your blessings, celebrate the wins fuels and energises you. It helps to stay focused and keep moving toward your goals.
looking back is the key to moving forward
I also like to make a note of something I could do better. Having a focus on improvement helps me to see progress and keeps me from getting stuck in what could otherwise be seem as a failure.
The few minutes it takes each day to look back are some of the most powerful moments in your day.
They are like the breadcrumbs Hansel and Gretel dropped to find their way home. Only you’re not going back, you’re using them to light the path in front of you.
You’re looking back to move forward.
It’s the easiest way I’ve found to navigate the day. It’s like having night vision for the fog of overwhelm.
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Reflection is one of the most powerful tools you can use in your daily life. It helps you clear the fog of overwhelm, know where things are at any given time and what you need to do next.