Even though sitting and spending time in reflection does not produce a widget or tangible outcome and can be seen as a waste of time, if you don’t take time to stop and think about it you miss all you accomplish. Finding significance in what you do gives meaning and purpose to your life. When you take the time to reflect on your actions, you can evaluate them and make adjustments to be sure that the things you spend your time on are consistent with your purpose and goals.
We can all agree that we don’t have enough time in the day. But if it is important to find meaning, if you take the time to think about the things your life you can find significance in almost everything. The bad may look more like lessons learned, but the good will be amazing moments of revelation.
Without pausing for a moment to reflect, whether through writing in a journal, meditation, gratitude, or just sitting quietly the things you accomplish can be as lost as the blur of your daily commute. When you pass from one project to another, one meeting to the next, one dinner to another, what are you doing but existing and taking the next step. If you take time to think about that last project, to reflect on what you accomplished, what went well, or what was a nightmare, you can use those lessons to make your next project better.
If you set goals for yourself, but you never take time to take stock, how do you know if you’re on target, or so far behind that you’ll never succeed. I can’t imagine repeatedly setting myself up for failure year after year because I never took the time to stop and reflect on my goals and see if they make sense still. If, when you reflect on your actions, you honestly evaluate them you give yourself the chance to make adjustments to be sure that the things you spend your time on are consistent with your purpose and goals.
Why take the time to set goals if you’re not going to reflect on the actions your taking in order to make a significant difference on your life?