From a very young age, we are taught to ask questions. We’re told that being inquisitive is a good thing because asking questions will help you solve the problem faster. And that’s true. But one thing we never make a habit of, though we should, is asking ourselves questions.
We can actually learn a lot just by consistently asking ourselves a few simple, yet targeted, questions. Not only does it help us self-reflect, but it also helps us improve. Here are 5 questions you should always ask yourself:
What did I accomplish today?
At the end of every day, you should think about what you accomplished that day. And that doesn’t just mean what you checked off your to-do list. Accomplishments can be something big, like finally finishing a long-term project, to the small things such as writing an email you’ve been putting off. Celebrate all your accomplishments, big or small. It’s a sign that you’re moving forward to wherever you want to go.
How could I have done it better?
While you should give yourself a pat on the back for the things you’ve accomplished, you should also give yourself some constructive criticism. Out of the things you’ve done, how could you have it done it better? Constantly and consistently analyzing your thought processes and strategies can help you improve yourself going forward, which in turn maximizes your productivity and efficiency.
What will I do tomorrow?
Think about the present and how you’re making the most of your now. But also plan for the future. What you will you do tomorrow? What are you aiming to accomplish? Having a solid plan for the short term will help you plan accordingly for it now, instead of letting it creep up on you later on.
Where do I want to be a week from now? A month? A year?
You should not only think about the short term but the long term as well. After all, what you do now affects what you’re able to do later. So think about it: where do you want to be a week for now? A month from now? Or even a year from now? Create challenging yet realistic goals and start planning out how you’re going to reach them.
What makes me happy?
We’re always trying to move ourselves forward and be better versions of who we were yesterday. But slow down and take a moment to appreciate today. Think about the things that make you happy and the things you are grateful for. The more we do that, the more obtainable our futures will be.