This past year I used an app called “1 Second Everyday”. The goal is to capture a 1-second video highlight of each day. The app then mashes each month, so you can view the 30 or 31 second video of your month’s highlights. And at the end of the year the app mashes the year’s worth of 1-second videos and you have 365 seconds of all your highlights! I loved it. It was great to see my months and my year in review. Using this app kept my focus each day on something I wanted to highlight. As I step into 2020, I want to take that approach with me, focusing on something to highlight, not missing the meaning in day to day life.
Sometimes I miss the key moments of the day because I am busy or feeling overwhelmed or rushing here and there. 2019 gave me a reason to look for something I wanted to capture: something meaningful, playful, celebratory or impactful. It transformed the ordinary, mundane days into extraordinary ordinary moments to capture. I had to slow down and take notice of what was happening around me. This is what reflection does.
Reflection requires you to slow down which can lead to valuable insights and even breakthroughs in your life. It gives the brain an opportunity to pause, untangle and sort through experiences, consider possible interpretations and create meaning in your life. Last week I sent an email with 10 reflection questions for 2019. Today I want to challenge you to make self-reflection a part of your day. This is a way to live more intentionally and more mindfully. Consider making daily self-reflection a part of your everyday routine, taking 10-15 minutes/day.
Here are 7 reasons to make self-reflection a priority in your life:
Daily self-reflection questions. Use any or all of them: