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7 Reflective Questions I Ask Myself Every Sunday

1. What am I doing well?

2. What can I do better?

3. Why am I working on Feast?

4. What big decisions are looming over me right now? (I try to answer them on the spot, just based on gut)

5. What other to-do’s are looming over me right now?

6. What’s uncertain? What are questions that need answering?

7. What’s one unexpected thing I can do this week?

Added bonus: What are the elephants in the room?

 

I started doing this on Sundays before I plan out my goals and schedule for the week.

I write it down in a notebook and write the answers out.

The point is to pull myself out of the daily grind and be completely reflective for an hour (sometimes less, sometimes more).  Make sure I remember the “Why’s”.  Make sure I see the full picture.

#4 is always a big one.  I debate big decisions in my head every hour of every day, but there’s something really effective about just writing it down, and forcing yourself to write an answer right there.  A wrong decision is better than no decision, so just go with whatever you write down.

#7 is important too.  In the day-to-day, it’s easy to just fall in line and do what’s expected.  But when you’re running a startup, sometimes it’s the unexpected that changes everything.

 

Do you try any reflective exercises like this?

  • http://thomasknoll.info/ thomasknoll

    I absolutely love the questions and the reflective process.
    I have a few other questions that I ask myself daily:
    * Who did I thank today?
    * Who did I forgive today?
    * Drink a Gallon of Water?
    * Do something physical?
    * Who did I interact with today? Do I need to make changes in this relationship?
    * What are my predictions?
    I used to avoid the questions, because I knew I didn’t have answers. Finally I caved in, and become OK with the uncertainty. Turns out, that is one of the funnest parts now.

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      thomasknoll these are awesome.  I actually started doing some of these in the morning with a quick workout and meditation.  Check a few off the list right away ^_^
      And yea I think that’s the great thing about writing these questions out and forcing yourself to answer them.  They’re questions that run through our head every single day, but they’re easy to avoid because they’re hard to answer.  But when you write it out, you realize some of them are easier to answer than you thought.  And if you can’t answer it, that’s okay, at least you know that now.

    • http://whatspinksthinks.com/ DavidSpinks

      thomasknoll these are awesome.  I actually started doing some of these in the morning with a quick workout and meditation.  Check a few off the list right away ^_^
      And yea I think that’s the great thing about writing these questions out and forcing yourself to answer them.  They’re questions that run through our head every single day, but they’re easy to avoid because they’re hard to answer.  But when you write it out, you realize some of them are easier to answer than you thought.  And if you can’t answer it, that’s okay, at least you know that now.

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