Be present – it’s the foundation of our leadership practice model. The thing is we know it’s hard to do, especially when the overwhelm is overwhelming and clearing the inbox alone feels like a big win.
So, what – practically – can we do to get back on track? To help us to feel more in control and bring much-needed clarity to our thinking.
Reflective writing is one way. Even a few minutes spent on this reflective writing technique can lighten the mental load and bring a fresh perspective. Think of it as thinking with purpose. It’s a way to break that never-ending loop of ideas and thoughts running around your head.
All you need is a pen and notebook, or type or talk into a blank document. The most important thing is to follow the cues and get those thoughts and ideas out of your head.
The three cues
Begin by identifying and describing the situation in detail – get it all down on paper
- So what?
Now analyse and evaluate the situation. Delve deeper and break it down into chunks so you can make sense of it
- Now what?
Build on what you’ve learned so far and work out what you’re going to do next.
Let us know how you get on and if it helped.
This is exercise is based on Borton’s reflective model, find out more about reflective practice here. And if you want to find out more about our Four practices leadership model, drop us a line. We’re always happy to talk about leadership, teams, and organisations.