I have thought about this advice a lot over the last week. How often we move from one thing to the next without fully digesting the information. I am so guilty of this. How often we respond without thinking about the right words or appropriate action. How many times I have replied to an email too soon and wished that I could go back on what I said. I take in tons of information each day between conversations, stories, articles and more without absorbing it all fully.
Here are a few steps that I am taking, thanks to Joel, to help me better reflect and process information and experiences throughout each day.
1.) Have at least one minute of silence after consuming important information. This could be a conversation with a friend, a sermon at church, a really good movie or the end of a book. Whatever it is, just taking a moment to reflect can help solidify that experience.
2.) Listen, read or watch again. If I listen to a podcast episode, read a good article or book, or watch a great movie, my goal is to do it twice. You always get something new out of it the second time.
3.) Take notes. This was also part of Joel's tip. Just take a few seconds to write some notes that you can refer back to. This is especially important if you need to later respond to a conversation or email.
4.) Share with a friend. Telling a friend what you just learned or heard helps, not only to spread the word but also to remember the information by repeating it.
5.) Apply. Decide if there is a takeaway that changes how you live. If so, determine how it fits into your own values. Just like I have begun to apply the idea of reflection that I learned from the Smart and Simple Matters show.
Whatever it is for you, the goal is to live with intention, slow down and simplify so that you can make the most out of your time.