Every morning after I look at my review wall and before I start my day, I reflect on how yesterday went and how do I want today to be. I have a white board on my wall where I have a list of questions that I ask myself:
Did I do my best?
What is the most important thing for me to work on?
I write down the answers to these in my bullet journal and sometimes I will review previous entries. The point of this exercise is to live consciously and make sure you are doing what you need to do to achieve your long term goals. Its important to do this on a daily basis. Find dedicated time with no distractions and reflect on what you are doing and why you are doing it. I think of journaling as a form of meditation.
I have a meta question I ask myself occasionally: “Am I asking the right questions to myself?” After pondering on that question, I will sometimes change the questions. The special part about this question is that by thinking about this on a daily basis, you can aim your growth towards any direction you want. So if you are trying to exercise more, ask questions related to exercise: Why didn’t I exercise, How can I exercise more, etc.
You may end up using different questions depending on your situation and what works best for you, you will want to experiment with the questions. It took me a year of testing questions to find the right questions for me and I still change them occasionally. Some other questions I have used before:
- What went well yesterday?
- What went bad yesterday that I should fix?
- What is the biggest thing I should be working on?
- Did I practice being present? Did I get unnecessarily frustrated or angry?
- How can I do better?
- Did I do my best to stay healthy?
I learned about this technique from my friend David Henzel, and have been practicing almost daily since then. I guarantee if you practice this everyday, you will improve your life in any direction you want.
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