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A model for your reflective practice

How often do you get to the end of the day with no recollection of how your day started? Or finish a day of back to back meetings and don’t remember who said what, or what actions were assigned to you? That one day, blends into two, blends into a week, a month, a year….

Taking time to reflect periodically enables you to pause, take stock, recall and understand. It helps you to process information, improves your memory and in stills learning.

Here’s a quick and useful reflection model (Boud et al, 1994) to help you reflect periodically throughout the day, as a team or at the end of your day / week.

What? Describe what happened (could be a meeting, a conversation, a situation or the whole day). What did you notice? What stands out for you? What are the positive and negative aspects?

So, What? Describe the implications. What is the impact? How has this affected you? What emotions does this invoke? Why is it important?

Now, What? What would you like to do now? What actions can you take? What would you like to be different? What have you learnt?

If you like to journal, this could be one technique you add to your toolkit to reflect on your day, week, a work situation or problem you face.


Gemma Brown is an Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation, working with people to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma is based in Cambridgeshire and carries out face to face coaching in the area as well as 1-2-1 coaching via Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.

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