During our monthly call we were introduced to the Reflective Practice exercises. All sounded fantastic and will be a really useful tool as we learn and grow as leaders.
Seemed easy - buy a new journal and a pen then write or draw your first entry!
Definitely not as easy as it sounded... At least for me!
I've never written a diary or journal or anything, so this was an entirely new experience for me. I've welcomed it with open arms - but have really struggled.
Reflective practice is meant to provide insights into self-awareness – what you do (behaviours), why you do it (values, assumptions, aspirations), how you feel (emotions) and how you think. So it is a way of studying your own experiences to improve the way you work across a number of different dimensions, personally and professionally.
The point of reflection is not an evaluation - it's just meant to flow when your mind roams free.
I think that's the hardest part for me. Being a scientist and always critically evaluating research, it's hard not to also do that with your own thoughts.
Luckily we were given some starter questions from Kate MacMaster, who was introducing these concepts to us:
After a month of agonising over what my first entry would be, and worrying about 'ruining' my nice new journal, I finally made my first entry.
I wrote "Just Start. Trust the journey".
Maybe not what it should have been, but it's a start... and hopefully the start of many more entries to come. I think I'll try and get back to Kate's questions....
- Steph XO
P.S Update on the journal July 2018 - Still no further entries - but maybe this Blog is my reflective practice....?!