Why Reflecting is important (Even in the morning)
This post is partially inspired by one of my most popular posts to date, 10 End-of-Day Reflection Questions.
That post goes over some of the reasons why reflecting is so important, so I won’t go too deeply into that right now, but I wanted to give a little explanation about why reflecting is important in the morning as well as at night because you typically think about reflecting as an end-of-day type of thing. However, the type of reflecting you’re doing in the morning can be a bit different from the reflecting you do at night.
You do your nighttime reflection the night before and figure out how to improve, then you get to the morning, and it’s time to apply what you learned yesterday to your day.
Morning reflection is also about setting goals, which we’ll talk about a little later on.
Reflection is a process of constantly trying to get better. It’s about being intentional with your choices to move you in the positive direction. You are recognizing areas where improvement is needed in your life so that you can make the necessary changes.
reflecting at night vs in the morning
When you reflect at the end of the day, you’re typically going over what happened throughout the day and looking for ways that you could improve for tomorrow.
When you reflect in the morning, you can remind yourself of the changes you want to make today and set yourself up for a great day.
If you look at the questions listed in my end-of-day reflection questions post, you can see by comparison to the ones listed here that the morning questions are more about setting intentions and goals for the day vs the nighttime ones being centered around reviewing your day and figuring out what went wrong/right and how to improve.
You can incorporate these questions through journaling or simply pondering them in the mornings. Add them to your morning routine so that you know when you’re going to do them. Having a solid morning routine is important for so many reasons, and you can check out this post for more on that topic and ideas for your morning routine.
Goal setting for success
If you were to sit down and really think about it, I think you’d find that you have LOTS of goals for your life, but maybe you haven’t really taken the time to be intentional about them, write them down, make a plan to accomplish them, or reflect on them.
Setting goals is sooo important because it gives you a vision of where you want to go so that you can decide what you need to do today to get to where you want to be in the future.
The morning is a perfect time to think about goals so that you can figure out what to do with your day that will drive you closer and closer to reaching them.
You’ll notice that a lot of the reflection questions are goal-centered, which will help you to give your goals some thought in the morning.
15 morning reflection questions to begin your day
Here are your 15 morning reflection questions to begin your day. You can write these down in a journal or just take some time to think about them!
While reflecting tends to be thought of as something you do at the end of the day, you can also do it at the beginning of the day to help you be more intentional with your choices throughout the day and remind yourself of your goals to set yourself up for success.
Goal-setting is important to remind yourself where you want to go, so make sure to be intentional with goal setting and keeping track of your forward progress.
If you liked this post, make sure to check out my post on end-of-day reflection questions, which you can add to your nighttime routine.
Reflecting doesn’t have to be a lengthy process. Jot down some notes in a journal or think about it as you’re brushing your teeth. Just make sure that you make the time to do it and get into a routine that helps you to be consistent.