It’s late September and looking at the calendar, it’s been several months since I’ve spent the time to reflect and blog. I don’t have any great excuses. I wasn’t busier than usual, or otherwise engaged in some reflective practice elsewhere. I didn’t stop learning with or from my PLN, my colleagues, books, conferences or other resources. What I did do, however, is neglect to prioritize reflecting and documenting my practice, which is critical as a learning professional because it provides us with the white space to evaluate what we are creating and what they are consuming.
When time is not committed to reflective practice, I find that my own practice suffers because there is too much noise or worse, I find myself getting into zone where I can’t see the forest for the trees.
When I get into these zones I find that the best remedy is either reading something thoughtful and thought provoking or having the luxury of the same kind of conversation with colleagues in my PLN. Additionally, if I can take a few moments to distill everything and then write a few lines, my end result is better rounded learning practice.
How do you keep up with your reflection? What tips can you share?