“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” ― Blaise Pascal

One of the great practices I have embraced within the past four years is that of the Weekly Review. On Friday afternoons, I reflect on my week and how things went. I ask myself:

1) What went well?
2) What could have been better? and
3) What did I learn?

Taking the time to reflect helps me let go of mistakes, celebrate wins, and assimilate new information. In a perfect world, I write it all down in my journal, but sometimes it’s just a quick mental scan. Both practices have value and keep me moving forward and feeling refreshed. I recommend it for students as well. Giving and receiving feedback is a critical life skill and it begins with our ability to sit down and be honest with ourselves about how we are doing.