We've talked about the benefits of keeping a journal in the past, but a recent study shows that 15 minutes of reflection at the end of the day leads to better productivity.
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In a study conducted at Harvard Business School, employees who kept a journal at the end of the day had a 22.8% increase in performance when compared with a control group who did not journal. According to the study:
Learning from direct experience can be more effective if coupled with reflection -- that is, the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience. Reflecting on what has been learned makes experience more productive.
Be sure to actually write it down rather than type your reflections for maximum effect.
Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance [Harvard Business School via Business Insider]