Yesterday we looked at strategy 2, blocking reflection time. Today I’ll share two examples from my own experience.
Back in the early 2000’s I was the special education coordinator for the Putnam County Educational Service Center. I had the great privilege of working for Superintendent Dr. Jan Osborn. So much of who I am today is a result of Jan’s patient but insistent mentoring, teaching, and friendship.
On many occasions I would meet with Jan late on Friday afternoon, after most other people had left. He helped me unpack and learn from my week, but I was also a safe person for him to reflect with. We both grew from those times and I only wish that I had been better at making them a weekly pattern.
Now, much of my work occurs in isolation. I try and book time Friday afternoon to reflect on the week and look ahead to what’s coming next. Mara and I also have a weekly call on Fridays and that facilitates the reflection process. As I write this email, I realize that Mara and I need to build in time for intentional reflection in that meeting. It would benefit both of us.
Note that both these examples are imperfect and give yourself permission to be human.
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