In order to achieve any goal and move forward in life it is important to monitor and measure your progress. The following seven questions, asked on a regular basis will help you to measure and monitor your progress.
1. What did I learn last week?
If we aren’t learning we aren’t growing and moving forward. List everything you learned. This can be anything from something you learned about yourself to a new skill you picked up. Small things and big lessons are all essential tools for creating the life of your dreams. Is there anything you feel you failed at last week? Failing is simply a tool to teach us something new.
2. What were my achievements last week?
Again, big or small list them all. If your biggest achievement of the week was to get out of bed and brush your teeth then list that and feel proud. It is not the size of the achievement that counts but the fact that you achieved something. If we don’t take the time to acknowledge the things we do achieve then we will never gain a feeling of fulfillment. We will always be focused on judging ourselves for the things we think we should have achieved.
3. What am I most looking forward to this coming week?
I believe the key to a long and happy life is to always have something to look forward to. We can often think this needs to be something big like a holiday or buying a new item. The smaller the things you are excited about the easier it is to schedule them throughout your week. Start a list of all of the things that make you really happy for when you need some inspiration. Perhaps reading for 30 uninterrupted guilt-free minutes with a lovely cup of tea is something you could schedule and look forward to. A trip to the cinema or a café. A walk around a farmers market. Dancing around to some great music. A visit to a museum or art gallery. Taking an afternoon nap, or a long soak in the bath while the kids are at school. Take a picnic to the beach or the park with the family.
4. What are 7 little to-do items for this week?
If your to-do list is anything like mine, it will have at least a couple of hundred items on it. Awhile ago I gave up on fighting with my to do list and accepted that it wasn’t something to ‘complete’. I was always racing to get my to do list finished. Finishing any list just gave me the ability to take on more projects and even more to do items.
There are many things I need to get done each day, but there are often items that can get stuck on my list if I don’t make an effort to get them done.
I choose seven items from my big to-do list to complete each week. One to be completed each day. These are small items, the ones that are important but usually get neglected for more urgent items. They don’t take longer than an hour and can often take just a few minutes. These are usually things like; send thank you cards, make dentist appt, sort out my desk, buy a new folder, return an item to someone,, fertilise plants, take clothes to charity shop,. compare insurance quotes, open a new savings account
It keeps my list moving forward and frees up negative energy from seeing the same things on my list week after week.
5. What would make my coming week easier?
Is there something you can add to your routine to make your week run a little smoother? Is there something you can let go of in order to move forward into a new week? Is there somebody you can ask for a little help or advice? Is there something you feel has been wasting your time and you can cut down a little this week?
6. Did I avoid anything last week?
It can often be the things that we are avoiding that we most need to do. They can often be the things that will provide the biggest benefit to our week. We usually avoid these things because they can be taking us outside of our comfort zone. It is outside of our comfort zone that we make change. We can make great progress inside our comfort zone, but it is usually change and growth that occurs outside of it. If you find yourself stuck in procrastination mode, read here about how I learned to love procrastination.
7. What made you laugh and smile last week?
It’s important to note these things, so you can do more of them! Laughter is the best medicine and smiling means you are on the right path. Laughter and smiling often come out of the simplest things too. Rolling around on the floor and playing with your children, watching a funny show, getting out into nature. I believe one of the keys to a great life is having a light and playful attitude whenever possible.
Use these questions on a regular basis, or create a list of your own. I like to complete them on a Sunday night to help me focus on the week ahead. Let me know which question helps you in the comments section below
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