Why Self-Reflection Should Be In Your Daily Routine
Self-reflection is a way to see how you are doing in your life. In this process, you‘ll come to acknowledge what makes YOU happy or sad. Hopefully, you’re able to see how your internal emotions transfer into your actions and affect others externally. The act of continuously questioning whether your actions reflect the person you want to be is self-reflection.
Self-reflection can come in many forms for everyone. You can observe your life through your goals, relationships, career path, happiness, or etc.
It’s a constant cycle of internal to external examination and vise versa.
Self-reflection should be a daily routine because it’s a time when you can examine who you are becoming. There cannot be self-reflection is there is no awareness.
If you neglect this time and space, then are you really conscious?
Do you know who you are?
Journaling will help you immensely
I started journaling when I was 18. I always found satisfaction in having my own journal to jot down my burst of thoughts. Although I never wrote enough to fill a page, I loved the idea of owning a journal filled with ideas, feelings, experiences, and relationships.
I always gravitated toward nice hard-covered backs that captured images of nature or mole-skin covers. Something about owning a quality journal made me feel creative and safe.
Soon, I wrote more frequently each week. Possibly three times a week. Anything that came to mind.
I soon fell in love writing about the simple gratifications in life such as waking up in the morning and letting the warm sun and crisp air hit my face. Finding more appreciations in everyday life is my proudest work.
Getting a personal journal is recommended for everyone. It’s an easy way for us to look back and see how our mentality and thought process in our past.
Start with something small
Make 10 bullets in your journal and set a goal to fill these out completely every single day. These bullets can be filled with what brings you the greatest joy within each day, what aspects of your life needs change, or how you can improve your personality. Simply, jot down any thoughts that come to mind to get started.
We always have thoughts flowing around in our head. Writing these down can be a start to organizing them and a simple acknowledgment exercise.
The easiest way to fill in these bullets is to state 10 things you’re grateful for at the moment that you’re sitting down to write.
Soon you will naturally fill in these bullets in greater length as you start to open up to your emotions and observe how you feel.
This approach can also be taken for goal-oriented reflections. Your daily list can be about the accomplishments you’ve made or how you’ve improved at least 1% from your last reflection.
The ultimate goal is for you to become more aware of the person you are becoming. If this align with your ideals, then continue! If not, then this is where you can assert some change. Awareness is key.
These are some of the questions I ask myself while journaling:
- What brought me the greatest joy today?
- Who brought me the greatest joy?
- Did I try being someone’s joy?
- What did I spend most of my time doing today?
- Were there any struggles today?
- Did I work on any self-improvement today?
- What am I grateful for?
- What kind of person do I want to become?
- Were my thoughts mostly positive or negative today?
- What will I work on tomorrow?
I assure you answering these questions will quickly reveal areas where you’ll want to work on. Humans are endless and there always space for improvement on becoming the person you want to be.
A simple routine is all it takes
Making self-reflection a routine in your life can help you find a greater sense of who you are and the person you want to portray around others.
It gives you a strong grip on connecting your thoughts to your actions.
There is a goal you want to achieve. Self-reflection can help you break down the big picture into smaller steps and have a detailed outline of how far you’ve come and how much more there is to go.
You want to embody characteristics of humility, kindness, and empowering love. Self-reflection connects your actions to your thoughts. A greater understanding can be made of whether your actions align with the above characteristics. In turn, self-reflection can bring you to possess these characteristics.
Plus, this is a good way to keep tabs on what you have accomplished. I know I love looking back on where I came from.
Self-reflection goes hand in hand with self-awareness and finding the meaning of enlightenment. There are many ways of practicing this exercise regardless of how you get started. Making it a habit will show you the light to the person you want to become.