As a coach, I’ve seen firsthand how the right questions can transform people’s lives and boost productivity. They can help people break through their fears, discover their true desires, and take action to create the life they want.
Asking the right questions is like having a superpower. It can help you see things from a new perspective, solve problems creatively, and achieve your goals faster.
That’s why I’m excited to share with you 6 powerful questions you should ask yourself every week to supercharge your productivity (your impact and income, too):
1. What are my top 3 priorities for this week?
If you could complete just 3 things this week, what would it be? What is the project that matters most in your business right now?
Having clear priorities is important for several reasons.
- It helps you focus your time and energy on the most important tasks, so you are less likely to get sidetracked by less important tasks or distractions.
- You can allocate your resources accordingly and make better decisions about how to spend your time.
- You are more likely to produce high-quality work and results.
An easy way to identify your most important 3 priorities is this: Look at your top goals for this month and ask yourself: Which tasks, if completed, have the highest impact on this goal?
Here are some additional questions to help you navigate through identifying your top 3 priorities.
- What are my most important goals for this week?
- What tasks will have the biggest impact on my goals?
- What tasks are most urgent and need to be done first?
2. What are the most important tasks that I need to complete in order to achieve my goals?
Knowing the difference between ‘important’ and ‘urgent’ tasks is key. It’s easy to focus on stuff that needs to be done right now and forget about tasks that help you reach your goals.
Important tasks are things that help you get closer to your long-term goals. They may not have a due date, but they’re key for your success.
Urgent tasks are tasks you need to do right away, like meeting a deadline. They might seem important, but they don’t always help you with your bigger goals.
Here’s how you can simplify, get organized and boost your productivity using the Eisenhower decision matrix by prioritizing tasks by urgency and importance.
- Which tasks will move me closest to my goals?
- Which tasks are most important to my business or career?
- Which tasks will have the biggest impact on my bottom line?
3. What am I NOT doing even though I know I should?
Most of us know what we need to do to improve our lives, but we don’t do it. Maybe we’re scared, or maybe we’re just too comfortable. But whatever the reason, it’s costing us. Every day we don’t take action, we’re living below our potential. We’re missing out on how amazing our lives could be.
- What is one thing that you have been meaning to do, but have been putting off?
- What is one area of your life where you know you should be making progress, but you’re not?
- What is one habit that you know you need to break, but you haven’t been able to?
4. What are the biggest distractions that I need to avoid this week?
Here are my best tips on how to eliminate distractions:
- Turn off your phone when you are working on a task that requires your full attention.
- Close your email and other unnecessary tabs on your computer.
- Find a quiet place to work where you will not be interrupted.
- Take breaks throughout the day, but make sure that you are not using your breaks to check social media or email.
- Set boundaries with your colleagues and family members. Let them know that you need to focus on your work and that you will be available to talk later.
…and, some questions to help you get clear on what distracts you:
- What people, places, or things tend to distract me the most?
- What activities are time-consuming but not productive?
- What tasks can I delegate to others?
5. What resources and support do I need in order to be successful this week?
I’ve never been good at asking for support. It’s a skill I never learned. But when I stepped into adulthood and started growing my business, I had to push myself out of my comfort zone. I’m glad I did, because asking for support helped me achieve my goals faster, make better and more informed decisions, and learn how to overcome challenges.
Here are some tips on how to find the right resources and support:
- Network with other people in your field. Attend industry events, join online communities, and reach out to people whose work you admire.
- Find a mentor or coach. A mentor or coach can provide you with guidance, support, and accountability.
- Take advantage of online resources. There is a wealth of online resources available to help you with your goals, such as e-books, webinars, and online courses.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends, family, professionals, or colleagues.
- What tools, equipment, or information do I need?
- Who can help me with my tasks?
- What resources are available to me through my work or community?
6. How will I measure my progress and success this week?
Most of my clients come to me telling me that they’re either struggling to find new clients or see progress in their work. But when we look closer at what they’re doing, we often find that they’re not tracking their work and numbers.
Tracking your work is important for a number of reasons:
- It helps you stay motivated. When you see that you are making progress towards your goals, it can be motivating to keep going. This is especially true when you are working on long-term goals that can seem daunting at first.
- It helps you identify areas for improvement. By tracking your progress, you can see which areas you are doing well in and which areas you need to improve on. This information can help you to make adjustments to your plan and improve your results over time.
- It helps you measure your success. Once you have achieved a goal, it is important to measure your success and celebrate your accomplishments. This will help you to stay motivated and set new goals for yourself.
Tracking your progress
- Choose the right metrics to track. The metrics you track should be relevant to your goals and measurable. For example, if your goal is to increase sales by 10% in the next quarter, you could track your weekly sales and compare them to the corresponding week in the previous quarter.
- Track your progress regularly. This could be daily, weekly, or monthly, depending on your goals.
- Analyze your progress. Once you have tracked your progress, take some time to analyze it. Look for trends and patterns. Identify areas where you are doing well and areas where you need to improve.
- Make adjustments as needed. If you are not on track to achieve your goals, make adjustments to your plan. This may involve setting new deadlines, breaking down your goals into smaller tasks, or getting additional help.
- What specific goals will I work towards?
- How will I track my progress?
- What milestones will I celebrate?
Before you go:
- Asking the right questions can help you see things from a new perspective, solve problems creatively, and achieve your goals faster.
- It is important to have clear priorities and to focus on the most important tasks.
- It is also important to identify and eliminate distractions.
- Having the right resources and support can help you to achieve your goals.
- Tracking your progress is important for staying motivated and identifying areas for improvement.
Take 10-15 minutes right now to answer these questions for yourself. Write down your answers and review them every week. You’ll be amazed at how much more productive you become when you have a clear plan and focus on the most important things.
Challenge yourself to ask yourself these questions every week for 30 days. See how much your productivity and results improve. You may be surprised at what you can achieve.