At the end of a long busy week, I thought I would post a few words on action and reflection, and the benefits of switching between the two.
Even when we feel like we are in the zone, experiencing that total absorption in the task at hand and ticking all the boxes on the to-do list, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Taking a brief pause to reflect on your experience can help with your planning and decision-making. Similarly, a long time spent theorising and exploring options can lead to inertia. Switching to action can help to re-set the balance.
You can help yourself to regularly switch between these two modes of reflection and action. Set yourself a gentle reminder every 30 or 60 minutes. A gentle alarm, perhaps, or maybe when you hear the news bulletin if you’ve the radio on in the background. You don’t have to stop your flow. But changing mode can help you notice things you didn’t see before, sparking your creative side. You’ll also feel less tired, get less bored, and I’m betting you’ll be more productive too.
It works for me.