Reflecting on past performances makes improving at any skill way faster

  • Sitting down once a day/week to reflect on our performance and the things that we learned makes a huge difference in improving at any given skill, but we rarely have the discipline to do it.
  • If we are serious about improving any of our skills, we should strive to make daily/weekly reflection a priority. It highlights areas for improvement, reinforces information and gives us feedback loops to measure what we have learned.
  • In Book - Make it stick.. the science of successful learningBook - Make it stick.. the science of successful learning

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    author: Peter C. Brown
    title: Make it stick: the science of successful learning



    , it is stated that neurosurgeon Mike Ebersold suggests (based on his research on the topic) that daily reflection of the things that we learned that day is critical in building competency. Reflection could be the difference between experiences we learn from and those forget.
  • Reflection incorporates a range of cognitive processes, which have been widely shown to lead to learning benefits (retrieval, elaboration, generation).
  • Dale Carnegie, author of Book - How to win friends and influence peopleBook - How to win friends and influence people

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    author: Dale Carnegie
    title: How to win friends and influence people




    still uses reflection to improve his social skills by going over meetings and discussions he had during the week.
  • Are there well known frameworks for reflection (e.g. What happened? What did I do? How did it work out? What would I do differently next time?) ?