One great way to reflect on what you’ve done – and something I love doing to generate new ideas – is to look back at what you’ve written. Wordle is one of my favorite sites for creating word clouds from text. Sometimes I do brain-storming with clients and then quickly plug the notes into wordle to create a visual mapping of the words we’ve talked about. On a personal level, I also like to plug in my diaries and musings (not public, sorry!) and use it to reflect on the writings over a period of time (the last month, for example).
At the end of 2010, I plugged in the website “water falling upwards” to reflect on the writing I’ve done over the last year. Here it is (if you click on it, it gets bigger):
If you do this yourself:
What are your biggest (most common) words?
What word associations surprise you?
Are there any words in particular that surprise you?