Mirror | How reflective practice helps you prioritize, re-evaluate goals

‘Experience alone does not necessarily lead to learning; deliberate reflection on experience is essential:’ Wikipedia


‘Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves… Do not… seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.’ —Rilke’s letters to a young poet


To stick to a schedule and get things done, and, importantly, get the right things done that work for your personal goals. How can you do it?

To elaborate on that question, how do you manage to stay on top of the daily tasks, but also, wholesale discard chunks of them that no longer fit with a picture of ‘what I want to be doing.’

Strategies of life and planning, I suppose, is what I am asking about here.

Do you know when to let go of something that seemed like it was important, before, but now, just doesn’t make sense?

I think reflective practice is a key.

(For that, I offer Mirror.)

This post is for KO.

Thanks for the insights.


How reflective practice helps us prioritize, keep evaluating, and stay sharp on which goals matter most

Here is Wikipedia on ‘Reflective Practice’.

Reflective practice is the ability to reflect on one’s actions so as to engage in a process of continuous learning. According to one definition it involves “paying critical attention to the practical values and theories which inform everyday actions, by examining practice reflectively and reflexively. This leads to developmental insight”. A key rationale for reflective practice is that experience alone does not necessarily lead to learning; deliberate reflection on experience is essential.

“Reflective practice can be an important tool in practice-based professional learning settings where people learn from their own professional experiences, rather than from formal learning or knowledge transfer. It may be the most important source of personal professional development and improvement. It is also an important way to bring together theory and practice; through reflection a person is able to see and label forms of thought and theory within the context of his or her work.

“A person who reflects throughout his or her practice is not just looking back on past actions and events, but is taking a conscious look at emotions, experiences, actions, and responses, and using that information to add to his or her existing knowledge base and reach a higher level of understanding. —Wikipedia on Reflective Practice




Update: August 2023