How Self-Reflection Is an Essential Part of My Day

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It's no big secret that I like to think a lot. I think a lot about my life, my family, my friends, my career, and anything else that pops in my head. Take this, from someone who thinks a lot: self-reflection is damn important.

I don't necessarily have a list, but at the end of my day, I reflect on everything I can think of.

I take time to reflect on my day.

I evaluate how I spent my day. Did I use my time wisely? What do I need to do tomorrow? I also think about what I WANT to do tomorrow, because it's always important to take time for yourself.

I take time to reflect on my day at work.

If it's a weekday, I usually reflect on my day at work. I reflect on how productive I was that day. Was I as effective and efficient as I wanted to be? Did I make help everyone I work with develop as professionals? Are my actions advancing my career or not?

I take time to reflect on my relationships.

I think of my family, I think of my friends, and I think of how present I've been in their lives lately. I think about who I might've been ignoring and need to reconnect with soon. I think not just about the quantity of my friends and family, but also the quality of our relationships.

I think about everyone else too. Am I my best self to everyone I encounter, even cashiers at stores? Do I treat strangers with respect, or do I just ignore them? How I treat other people, even if they're not friends or family, reflects my character.

I take time to reflect on my thoughts and feelings.

It took me a while to realize this, but I do know now that my thoughts and my feelings influence my decisions and actions, and ultimately my life, so I put a lot of care into reflecting on them. Negative thoughts lead to negative attitudes and negative choices, and inevitably leads me to negative results/consequences. If I think that my job isn't worth my time, even if I don't say it, it's going to affect my actions, and it'll negatively affect my results. The good news is, I have the ability to choose my attitude and how I react to what I encounter throughout the day (and you do too). Being self-aware is key in choosing your attitude.

In order to grow, you need to reflect on your thoughts, your actions, your conversations, your plans, and your life goals. Self-awareness is important, and taking time to reflect on yourself helps get you (or keep you) there.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

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