Today I thought I’d share a few questions that you can apply to your business and your team every day. These are simple questions that are kind of like the last minute check you do on your email/social media before calling it a day, or that 5 minute wrap-up you take to clean off your desk and empty your coffee cup. Some questions can help you start the day well, others will help you prepare for the next day.
Start the day:
1-what’s one small thing I can do today that will set me/us up for a better tomorrow?
2-which team member can I encourage or recognize the value of today?
3-who can I connect/network with today?
4-what can I do today that I would enjoy or love doing?
These questions help you think big picture on the day ahead. You may have a packed schedule of things other people need you to do or you’ve scheduled for yourself to do, but taking the time to think about these questions will give you the ability to plan beyond the day. The first question helps keep you and the company moving forward. The second and third questions are about people, about appreciating your people and about getting connected with other people who can support you and you can support. The final question is the one that excites me a lot because sometimes it seems like we’ve just got this list of stuff to do, stuff that seems tedious or may not be why we really wanted to run a business, and this question gives us the opportunity to keep that spark alive every day.
Prepare for tomorrow:
1-what happened today that has to be addressed or fixed tomorrow?
2-is there anything I’m concerned about regarding tomorrow?
3-who do I need to reach out to tomorrow?
4-what victory did I/we achieve today?
I think taking time to work through these brief questions at the end of the day is helpful because for the first three it means you recognize that you don’t have the time or mental space to do your best work, but know that these things need addressing tomorrow. It also helps you take a minute to think ahead on what tomorrow might bring. The fourth question is an opportunity to end on a positive note and finish the day well. It does force you to think back through the day (and possibly some not good things) but it also means you’ll leave celebrating a win.
What questions do you use to help empower your days?