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Reflecting on the Day

Reflecting on the Day

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Reflecting on the day is a habit of taking time to pause, review, and evaluate the events of the day. It is a time to reflect on successes, challenges, and areas for improvement. Reflecting on the day can help you gain insights, learn from experiences, and set intentions for the future.

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Time Commitment

It can take as little as 10 minutes or as long as an hour.

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Suggested Frequency


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Time of Day

The end of the day is a good time to reflect on the day's events and plan for the next day.

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How to Do It

Find a quiet and comfortable place where you can be alone with your thoughts. Reflect on the day's events, focusing on what went well and what could have been improved. Write down your thoughts in a journal or notebook. Consider setting goals or intentions for the next day based on what you have learned from your reflections.

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  • Provides a sense of closure for the day
  • Helps increase self-awareness and personal growth
  • May reduce stress and anxiety by addressing challenges and finding solutions
  • Fosters gratitude and appreciation for the positive things that happened during the day
  • Improves problem-solving skills by identifying areas for improvement

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Why it works

Reflecting on the day helps process and organize thoughts and feelings, which can lead to a better understanding of oneself and one's experiences. It promotes self-awareness, mindfulness, and intentionality, which can lead to personal growth and a greater sense of purpose.

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Possible Side Effects

Reflecting on the day is generally considered safe and has no known side effects.

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  • Find a consistent time and place for reflection to establish a routine.
  • Be honest and objective when reflecting on the day's events.
  • Use reflection as an opportunity to learn and grow, rather than to dwell on mistakes or shortcomings.
  • Consider sharing your reflections with a trusted friend or therapist for additional support and insight.

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Supporting Studies and Articles

  1. How Important Is Alone Time for Mental Health?
  2. The Power of Reflection: How Writing and Talking It Out Can Improve Leadership - Forbes
  3. Reflective practice: a tool to enhance professional practice

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