How Regular Reflection Makes You A Better Designer
Constantly moving from one project to the next leaves little time to think about the big picture. It can be tough to find the time to ask yourself questions like:
- Am I making progress towards my goals?
- What even are my goals?
- Am I doing work that I enjoy?
Without a practice of reflection, you forget about the great accomplishments you’ve made.
Instead, you give in to your negativity bias and only remember the slip-ups and mistakes you made.
Here’s why regular reflection makes you a better designer:
- Documenting your accomplishments will motivate you. When work gets tough you can look to your positive experiences to light a fire under you.
- Journaling at the end of each day can lead to new insights. You’ll find interesting insights in old journal entries that you can use in current projects.
- Noting your workload, stress, and energy levels help to manage them. You can remove things that cause stress and learn when your energy levels are at their highest.
- Over time you will learn how much work you can get done in a day. This allows you to plan your day in advance.
- If you’ve had a bad week, you can course-correct to improve next week. Small but intentional improvements over time will help you become even more successful.