Although my teaching career was brief, this was an essential element of the degree I took with me into my Digital Media career, and of course, it applies to a wider array of industries as well.
HOW TO USE REFLECTION?
It is the simplest, and perhaps healthiest thing to use in the world. When I was thinking about new content strategies, or writing a blog post (much like the one I am writing now), if I felt there was any type of snag in the process, or I wasn't happy with the product, I was get up and take a walk around the block. Fresh air, a new environment and a general break in the monotony works wonders in helping the brain sift through and information.
WHAT TOOLS CAN HELP PRODUCTION?
We all get those great ideas at random moments. These maybe be in the middle of the night, or when you are walking the dog, and they may just occur in your minutes away from the desk. It is important to notate these thoughts, because like they quickly disappear from memory!
Two of the exceptional tools for noting down notes, apart from a pen and paper, are Trello and Evernote, which sync up between your phone, tablet and computer, meaning no matter where you are, you can get that brainwave recorded. This may be a new angle for your half-finished blog post, a new blog idea, or the fact that you need to get milk on the way home, but capturing these thoughts, often arriving during a moment of reflection, is the biggest battle you will have.
HOW CONSTRUCTIVE CAN REFLECTION TRULY BE?
It may seem counter-productive to leave your work for a few minutes/hours to get outside and away from your work, but in the long term, it is an efficient way of streamlining your content. It is kind of like going to the gym. You might bench-press the barbell 6 reps, and your aim is 10, so you rack it, take 10-15 seconds, then get out the last 4. Something you need that breather to re-tool and attack your task with renewed vigour.
Everyone works in different ways of course, but next time you are walking through sand on a project, take some time out and switch your environment. Reflect on your work in a neutral environment, you may be surprised at how effective it is.