Why don’t we reflect more like teenage girls ?

Why don't we reflect more like teenage girls?
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One thing that has really stood out in returning to education is the push to reflect upon everything you do. You quickly start to see the benefits to learn and develop within the topic purely by reflecting on the different exchanges of your day. Reflection is even more prominent in our current time of uncertainty, where flexibility and your ability to adapt is more important than ever.


One thing that has really stood out in returning to education is the push to reflect upon everything you do. You quickly start to see the benefits to learn and develop within the topic purely by reflecting on the different exchanges of your day. Most stories be it movies or books about teenage girls highlight the role of a diary often being stolen by the younger brother. (I only did it once sis, I promise).

 

The positive thing about this behaviour is that teenage girls often reflect upon their daily activities to help them develop. They describe and assess their actions and exchanges from throughout the day. They interpret their feelings from the different situations and try to develop a better sense of self. Therefore my question is: Why don’t we take the time to reflect more like teenage girls do, about our work or our life?

 

The time to reflect is often avoided for many reasons but the main excuse used is often time. In my own work in advertising we seemed to spend a lot of time planning what we are going to do. Then when it is all over everyone was often too busy moving onto the next project to take the necessary time to reflect. This no doubt differs by industry, but I’m sure everyone feels that if they took a little more time to reflect on their most recent actions they could learn and develop at a faster rate. It is even more prominent in our current time of uncertainty, where flexibility and your ability to adapt is more important than ever.

 

Socrates declared ‘The unexamined life is not worth living’. In this time of uncertainty, futurist Alvin Toffler‘s nails the importance of reflection ‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those that can not read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn’  highlighting that no job or life situation is ever static. One easy step to deal with uncertainty could be to remember those teenage years and take the time each day to hide in your bedroom to fill in that treasured diary.

 

Photo by Walt Stoneburner