Looking back and learning from experiences

Effective reflection requires you to be open and exploratory. It is also important not to be defensive and not to take things personally.

There is a tendency not to bother to reflect on the things that go well, because you are happy and already mentally moving on to your next project. The same is true with regard to things that go badly. For different reasons, you want to move on, to forget all that happened, it fact to pretend it never happened.

It is slightly more common to take stock of challenging assignments that you manage to complete. Something in the nature of these, like a difficult walk up a mountain when you nearly get lost in thick fog, induces camaraderie and sharing. It seems natural and part of bonding to share your thoughts and feelings when you have survived, just as it does back in the pub after an adventure on a mountain.

What about you? Which kind of experiences do you find it easiest to reflect on: the ones that A have gone well, the ones that really challenged you, or the ones that went wrong in some way? You may want to try keeping a learning log to explore your own experiences.

Later in this chapter there are some specific suggestions as to how you might like to reflect on experiences and how you can overcome the barriers to reflection that exist in most workplaces.

How To Accomplish More In A Fraction Of The Time

How To Accomplish More In A Fraction Of The Time

The pace and intensity of our lives, both at work and at home, leave several of us feeling like a person riding a frantically galloping horse. Our day-to-day incessant busyness too much to do and not enough time; the pressure to produce and check off items on our to-do list by each day’s end seems to decide the direction and quality of our existence for us.

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