Reflection Time on Day 12 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #UBC

Reflection TimeReflection time is vital to your success, whether you’re a blogger, a parent, a small business owner, a student … you name it.

Whatever your passions and priorities may be, pausing to reflect gives you a chance to put your feet on the ground, reconnect with yourself, and  take in the landscape from where you stand.  Since change is a constant in our lives, reflection allows us to see what’s changed and adjust to it.  Without investing in reflection time, we lose ground and lose our bearings.

Reflection Time and #UBC:

So, it’s been more than a week now that I’ve been participating in #UBC and what has changed?

  • We’ve seen our comments increase dramatically.
  • Our blog stats are way ahead of last month’s tally’s.
  • I’m spending quite a bit more time blogging than I did last month.
  • I’m finding lots of interesting new blogs and hearing from some fascinating new people!

So, one of the biggest things I have noticed is that UBS has had a major impact on my time … AND on my reflection time!  Usually I like to pause each day and look back, but my increased blogging activity has cut into that time significantly.

Reflection Time and Re-calibrating

So, one of the great advantages of reflection time is that it gives me a chance to re-calibrate.  After I see where I am, I ask myself, “What would I like to change, moving forward?”

The answer is:  “I want to find more time!”

Now my task becomes finding a way to do that.

(And since I am The Time Finder Expert, that’s right up my ally!)   😉

Reflection Time and Change

Looking back over the past 11 days, I notice that while I’ve spent more time blogging, I have also been generally more efficient about it.  But I think there are ways that I can build on that and carve out more time for other activities (including self care).

Here are some quick ideas that I am going to try (and I encourage you to consider them as well):

  • For starters, I can find time this weekend to write and schedule posts ahead of time. My WordPress blog makes this very easy to do, and it’s a tool that it will be helpful to use more often.
  • Another thing I will do is scan my schedule today or tomorrow and identify particularly busy days.  Those will be the days I schedule posts for first.
  • I’ll set aside an hour or so to scan the news, look at other blogs, and collect ideas for future posts.  (Evernote is an excellent tool for doing this.)
  • In addition to scheduling posts, I’ll start rough drafts of as many posts as possible, saving them on the blog for future reference.  That way, if I’m stuck for ideas one day, I can grab one of those drafts and start from there.

I hope you find some of these thoughts helpful – I know that I feel better after taking some reflection time and developing a plan for moving ahead that’s built on what I’ve learned so far.

Drop me a line – I’d love to hear how #UBC is going for you and what you’re learning as you complete the first third of the journey!

 

 

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Comments

  1. I can so relate, Paula! I have never spent this much time blogging before. I’m learning a lot, and enjoying the increased traffic and comments, but YES, it is taking a lot of time! I have been able to schedule a few posts in advance, and some have been pretty quick, but it’s an ongoing challenge.

    The good thing is that I have plenty of ideas, and know that after this writing one blog post a week will be easy. 🙂

  2. I LOVE this article. For me, I can build more time into my schedule if I “jot as I go”. I use my iPhone to keep a notepad of ideas and literally scribble as I go. Often times my posts are relevant to the work I am doing that particular day. Or, they are timely news items. Sometimes, it’s a simple photograph illustrating a point or something I want to remember. Whatever triggers my creative process and allows me more time to do other things (including writing).

    • Hi Crystal, I agree that jotting as you go is an excellent way to capture those sparks for future reference. And I love the idea of using images as a way to jog the memory. I can imagine that an image might also trigger creative ideas that you hadn’t even thought of when you first saved it. Thanks for stopping by – great to meet you! 😉

  3. SO many times in my life I have tried to be more left-brained. I have often been a weird mix of organized and right-brain creative. As I think about it, maybe it was my creative brain that helped me to seem left brained, or helped me to be left brained? Hmm. Never thought about it before.

    Having said that, I was diagnosed with cancer last year, and the best I can do at any time is just do in the moment. I write when I write. Sometimes there are spurts and sometimes nothing. I think it is all too easy to get caught up in creating things, when many moments create themselves.

    Thanks for the “hospitality.” I have appreciated getting to know some fabulous and supportive people through the challenge.

    Have a great weekend.

    • Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth – I was very interested to read your thoughts and insights … and wish you all the best. It makes such sense that your cancer diagnosis would change your perspective and your relationship with time very profoundly. I appreciate what you shared!

  4. Congratulations on following through on your intentions with this blogging challenge! I can well understand how the constant posts cut into the time you so value, and support your finding a balance within your enhanced effectiveness to reclaim some time for what matters most.

    I’ll add my own impressions that sometimes enforced bursts such as these “flush out” original thoughts and approaches that my usual pace never accesses. Perhaps it’s like cross-training waking up muscle coordination in new ways, or like interval training where a few short bursts of effort enhance overall effects!

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