MVP: Take advantage of people in your life with whom you can reflect.
Following up on yesterday, here are two time-blocking 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 others 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 begin each morning by reflecting in my morning pages. Mara and I also have a weekly call on Mondays and that facilitates the reflection process.
Note that both these examples are imperfect and give yourself permission to be human.
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