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The Gift of Reflection

–Creating space for reflection is an investment in ourselves.

Reflection creates space to celebrate what is working well; consider our lessons in wisdom from a place to learn and our true priorities.  Sharon K. Summerfield

Have you considered investing in yourself with an ongoing ritual of reflection?

In our busyness of life, it is so easy not to take the time to reflect.  It is important we find those ways to consider all we are involved in and how this invests in our wellbeing.

First, begin with a calendar reflection, where you look forward and a daily reflection you do at the end of the day. And then if you are so inclined consider building on your daily reflection with an annual reflection.

Part One – Begin with a Calendar Reflection – looking forward

As you begin your reflection consider a few questions, remembering this is your calendar.

Is everything captured in my calendar my true priorities?

Do I have transition time between each meeting and event?

The lack of transition time between each and everything we are doing is impacting our well-being.

Can I delegate this meeting to another person?

Or for this meeting or event, do I say yes to myself and send regrets?

Scheduling space for ourselves is not a selfish act.

In fact, finding ways to nourish ourselves and attend to our needs often requires that we put it on the calendar…  

–Janice Marturano, from the book Finding the Space to Lead

Part Two – Daily Reflection at the end of each day

For me, I like to do this at the end of each day, asking myself some simple questions.

What went well today?

Did I focus on my true priorities?

What were my lessons in wisdom?

As you reflect are there any patterns you are noticing?

Take some time to look at these patterns first through the lens of your strengths, and consider potential changes.

Then create your intention for tomorrow.

This is a beautiful way to bring closure to the day.

If you have not discovered the power of a reflection ritual, I encourage you to, begin.  Start small, by carving out 10 minutes at the end of each day.

We only have 168 hours in each week.  Through reflection, we find those ways to focus on our true priorities that align with our values.

We can make different choices on how we spend our time and energy, where asking for help, taking breaks, and scheduling downtime is celebrated and encouraged.

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Sharon K. Summerfield
Sharon K. Summerfieldhttps://www.nourishedexecutive.ca/
Sharon K. Summerfield is the Founder of The Nourished Executive and a Wellbeing Coach. She works with business professionals and their teams, sharing strategies to invest in wellbeing and manage stress with the goal of preventing burnout. In addition to Sharon’s extensive business background, she is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Breath Coach. Sharon holds multiple certifications in Business Management, Project Management, Psychological Safety, and Holistic Nutrition. She speaks often about the importance of moving away from “work-life balance” and moving towards a more holistic lens of harmonizing life, where work is one part. Sharon is a lifelong learner, systems thinker, mentor, and connector. “In creating harmony, we find new ways to blend in the melodic rhythm in the dance of life.”

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