How do you start your day? By rushing to check off your to-do list? Reading through your emails? Why not take 15 minutes to ask these questions to ensure that you are really focusing on the things which truly matter?
Ask yourself these 4 questions and write the answers down. This will allow you to rethink about your day’s schedules and re-align yourself to your long term goals, and also to give you a better idea on the things you need to improve.
At the start of each day, ask yourself:
1. What are my goals for today?
Many have long term goals, but what do these long term goals look like the short run? This stresses the importance of translating a long term goal into short term action. For instance, they may look like…
Long-term: To improve my sales figures by $1.5 million in one year.
Short-term: Meet up with 3 clients today.
Long-term: To build up my leadership skills.
Short-term: Enquire about being more involved in your student club.
2. What are my challenges for today?
What are some things which will stretch and put you out of your comfort zone? A key trait of successful people is that they continuously challenge themselves and refuse to settle for mediocrity.
Every short-term action of yours is an excellent opportunity for growth and learning.
At the end of the day, ask yourself:
3. Have I reached my goals for the day?
There is no point in setting goals if you ignore them and fail to keep track of them. Be honest with yourself, evaluate your day and determine whether you have achieved what you set out to do.
If so, give yourself a pat on the back and ask yourself what you have done well today in attaining your goals. If not, ask yourself what you can do better or differently the next day.
4. What have I learnt today?
Whether we succeed or fail, every single step of the way is a learning experience, and it is through embracing these lessons that we are able to improve ourselves and bring us closer to fulfilling our goals.
How has your day been so far?
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