6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Week to Increase your Productivity, Income, and Impact
Asking the right questions can be an extremely powerful way to take big leaps forward in your life. As a coach, 80% of my job is about asking the right questions at the right time. I ask the questions my clients don’t ask themselves. Sometimes they are afraid of the answer. And sometimes, they are simply too busy to stop and think. That’s when I come in to ask the questions that need to be asked for true transformation to occur.
If you ask powerful questions, you will get powerful answers like:
a different perspective or angle about a situation
an out-of-the-box solution to a problem
the necessary self-awareness that leads to transformation
the true desire behind something, that powerful WHY that creates unstoppable motivation
an invaluable insight about what the next step needs to be
But the answers are only ever as good as the questions you ask. Thus, I have compiled 6 powerful questions that you should ask yourself every week if you want to supercharge your productivity, income and impact.
Here they are:
Questions about the Previous Week:
Questions can be an effective way to reflect on your week and dissect the lessons, insights and required action steps. If you reflect on your week, you will get the necessary insight and perspective to evaluate and improve your life.
1. What went well this week?
Note down your achievements from this week and any great things that happened. This question is a powerful catalyzer for keeping a positive mindset and enjoying what you already have instead of focusing on what you don’t have yet.
Be grateful for all the amazing things that happened in your life like getting an email from a client praising your work, a great lunch with your best friend or 10 minutes in the sauna after your workout.
Be proud of the things you accomplished this week and tap yourself on the back for it (who else is gonna do it?!). Whether it is sticking to your workout goals, writing an amazing blog post or finally getting around to doing your accounting — give yourself some credit!
2. Which goals did I NOT achieve? Which intentions did I NOT keep?
What where the goals and intentions you set for this week? Which of them did you not meet? And why?
It is extremely crucial to get clear on the reasons for missing a goal or neglecting an intention, because the key to being better next week hides in the WHY. Once you know what kept you from meeting your goals, you can change your approach the next week.
If we don’t meet our goals, usually one of the following things happened:
We set our goals too high: When we set goals, we often want to go from 0 to 100 in one week (like going from not working out at all to working out every day for 1 hour!). But our life is busy — and when our expectations are too high, we are quick to drop them entirely. Try setting a small and achievable goal next week like doing a quick 15 min workout. Over time as your habit gets stronger, you can build on top.
We didn’t plan well enough: We set a goal but we didn’t make a plan for WHEN we will do WHAT. Consequently, we either completely forgot about it or we spend all our time figuring out WHAT to do instead of actually doing it. Try phrasing your goal in a very specific way: This week, I will go running on Tuesday morning from 7:00am to 8:00am. For extra accountability, add it to your calendar and set reminders.
It’s actually not that important: Sometimes we set goals because we think we SHOULD. But if we are trying to do something that is actually not important to us, our chances of achieving the goal diminish greatly. Thus, make sure you always question your real reasons for doing something — and know that a strong WHY is required for you to achieve any goal you set for yourself!
Questions about the Upcoming Week:
Asking the right questions at the beginning of the week can literally make or break your productivity, impact and income. Here are my favourite questions to achieve crystal-clear focus and high-leverage insights to start your week strong:
3. What is my Most Important Task for this Week? How will I Make Sure I Get it Done?
If you could only complete ONE THING this week, what would it be? What is the project that matters most in your business right now?
An easy way to identify your most important task is this: Look at your top goals for this month and ask yourself: Which task, if completed, has the highest impact on this goal?
Your most important work usually does not happen in meetings or in your inbox — still, these are the tasks that fill up your day quickly. Thus, defining your most important task is only the first step. You also need to prioritize it! A great way to do this is to block time in your calendar and treat it like a highly important meeting. Another powerful strategy is to work on your most important task first thing in the morning — before checking your email, before doing any meetings and before doing anything else!
4. How can I Make Things Faster, Easier or Obsolete?
Take a look at your upcoming week and identify the tasks that take up most of your time. Then, find a way to make them more efficient.
Here is a 5-step process you can use to optimize any task:
Eliminate Unnecessary Parts: Does this task really need to be done? If necessary, look at data to evaluate if a task is worth your time (e.g. does a marketing activity actually bring in new leads?). If you can’t eliminate the task, use the Pareto Principle to break it down to the bare minimum: what are the 20% of this task that achieve 80% of results? Eliminate the rest!
Optimize the Process: What is the most efficient way to do this task? Is there any tools you can use to automate the process? For example: Use an scheduling tool like Calendly to let your clients book an appointment with you without the back-and-forth emails.
Delegate the Task: Is it really necessary that YOU do this task? Who could you delegate this task to and make the process more effective for everybody? Aim for spending most of your time on important tasks and the things you do best. Delegate the rest! For example: outsource flight bookings to a virtual assistant.
5. If I were to 10x my goals, what would I do to achieve them?
The 10x technique is such an incredible tool to expand your thinking and come up with high-leverage solutions that catapult you towards your goals in lightning speed.
If you 10x your goals, you need to completely change your approach to achieving them. And in the process, you might come up with a new idea that works for your 1x goal as well!
6. What am I NOT doing even though I know I should?
Most of us know exactly what we need to do to feel better, make more money, feel less stressed and achieve our goals. Yet, we don’t do it.
We might be afraid to do it. Or simply be too comfortable. But whatever is holding us back, it is costing us every day. Every day we continue to lead a life below our potential. And we are missing out on how amazing our life could be if we just moved past our fear and out of our comfort zone.
So, where in your life are you not doing the obvious? And why?
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