Did you know that the way you think is by asking questions? Below are 20 questions that will create powerful thoughts to drive your week. I recommend you ask yourself these questions each Sunday, before you start your week, and record your answers in a journal or mindmap, like I do. Special thanks to my friend Rich Shefren for sharing these questions with me.
1. What did I learn last week? – If you have trouble answering this, it’s time for a change. No matter how old you are, you should learn something new every week (if not every day).
2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? – Reflecting on your accomplishments is a healthy and powerful way to raise your self-confidence.
3. Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why? – This helps you keep track of special events, meaningful conversations, and important moments.
4. What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week? – Establishing your number one priority before the week starts helps you stay focused on your objective all week long.
5. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? – Set reminders in your calendar, get your laundry done, fill the car with gas…organize yourself.
6. What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week? – The idea here is to learn from your struggles and better equip yourself for the upcoming week.
7. What was last week’s biggest time sink? – Knowing how you wasted time during the past week can help you steer clear of distractions this week as well as in the future.
8. Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped? – Mental clutter, physical clutter, an unfilled obligation weighing on you, etc…
9. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done? – Sometimes we avoid important things that must get done. Calling yourself on it has a powerful way of making you take action.
10. What opportunities are still on the table? – Was there a new opportunity that surfaced last week or earlier that you haven’t gotten around to seizing? If so, this question will help you remember it.
11. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to? – This question keeps you focused on the importance of regular contact with important associates and ensures you solve problems before they fester.
12. Is there anyone who deserves a big “Thank You”? – There’s always someone to thank – so metimes we just need to be reminded of it. And thanking a person each week will do wonders for your relationships.
13. How can I help someone else this coming week? – It’s easy to become myopic about your own goals. This question reminds you it’s important to seek out opportunities to help those around you with their goals too.
14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 years? – This helps keep you conscious of what really matters. It’s easy to lose focus (at least it is for me) if you’re not constantly reminded.
15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals? – This is just a check-in question. If your answer is no, you’ll know you need to make some changes immediately.&nbs p;
16. What’s the next step for each goal? – If you don’t know the next step to accomplishing your goals, you can’t take any actions that will get you closer to achieving them.
17. What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week? – This question will keep you motivated. If you can’t think of anything, you should immediately schedule something that you can look forward to.
18. What are my fears? – By consciously surfacing your fears each week, you’ll be able to better do the personal work needed to resolve them. Often it’s about taking baby steps, small actions that help you push your fears aside.
19. What am I most grateful for? – While I recommend you do this eve ry day, you can highlight one thing each week that really stood out from your daily lists.
20. If I knew I only had one week to live, what would I do and who would I spend my time with? – This is a helpful reminder to keep things in perspective and make sure that you are not putting off the people and things that feed your soul.