On Daily Reflection and Templating
When the light has been removed and my wife has fallen silent, aware of this habit that’s now mine, I examine my entire day and go back over what I’ve done and said, hiding nothing from myself, passing nothing by. For why should I fear any consequence from my mistakes, when I’m able to say, ‘See that you don’t do it again, but now I forgive you.’ (Seneca)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“I end every single day with a reflection on the day.”
“What’s your process?”
“My process has two stages: Reflection and Design.
What went well? (Celebration)
What needs work? (Understanding; Failure-Points; Decision-Points)
What can you optimize? (Optimization)
What will you do differently next time? (Implementation)
To make the process more efficient, I’ve created a daily-reflection template [<link; medium length].
The template is an attention-directing tool. It directs my attention to specific points of interest. In my case, those points are:
Then I look at them through various lenses [<link; medium].
One lens is Brian Johnson’s wonderful Big Three framework:
Another lens is Balance. I check how balanced the Three were against one another, and the balance between Input and Output [<link; medium] (Input/Output Ratio).
Another lens is Quality. I’m interested not only in doing them, but in doing them well, and in constantly increasing Efficiency.”