I’m a big believer in “think time.” Processing your day every day to close it out. Some people like to journal. That’s cool. But I’m horrible at that. At the least, here’s some questions to ask yourself daily.
While writing this I read some other articles on the same subject and found them to often be long and kind of depressing. I’ll leave the big meaning of life questions to another article! I’ll keep it simple when it comes to questions to ask yourself daily.
1. What did my actions say about me today?
I’m all about self-awareness. I hope that people think I’m kind and considerate.
Think about rude people. Some know they’re rude. But often the meanest and most consistently rude are people that have no idea. They’re so self-focused that they can’t perceive how others experience them.[smartads]
Everyday, take a moment and think about what you’re saying and doing, and how people may receive you. I promise, it will make life easier for you and keep doors open.
2. Did I fulfill what I set out to accomplish today?
We’ve all got to-do lists that are much too long. What are the things that at today’s start were your biggest “must-get-dones?” It’s not just the deadlines you had to fulfill. What were the things you really wanted to knockout?
If you finished those things, well done. But it’s a good idea to look back every day and think about what you aimed to get done that you didn’t. I then like to ask myself this: What happened to my will to get that done?
3. Did I spend my day like I wanted to?
8 years ago I read a verse, written by a King. He asked God to teach him to number his days so he would grow wiser.
I figured out how many days I had left to live if I made it to 120 years old (a personal goal). I wrote that number on a whiteboard. I had over 30,000 days left I think. I didn’t do it for long, but each day I erased one day from the countdown.
My perspective has been much different since then. Knowing that I can’t get a day back, I ask, “Did I spend it like I wanted?”
Other writers may have questions to ask yourself like did you do nice things for people and tell your family you love them. That’s paramount, but I’m not here to repeat that. Here’s what I look for-did I enjoy today, did I improve today, and is my life moving forward because of today?
Welp, that ended way deeper than I set out to write. But I know it’s important to put our life in perspective. We have limited time. By having questions to ask yourself and evaluate yourself, it’ll be a lot easier to stay on course as you invest your life into something intentional.