One thing project. I started a structured journal where I allow myself 15 minutes to write a simple and concise answer to a question prompt. I then reflect on these answers to see if there is anything I hesitated with or want to revise, which provides deeper insight into my values and preferences. My questions this week were:
- If you could only read articles and books about one topic, which topic would you choose?
- If you could magically swap lives with someone right now, regardless of whether you feel qualified to take over their profession, who would you swap lives with?
- You’re about to be appointed as the top leader of an organization or company. Which organization or company do you want it to be?
- If you could try something new today or tomorrow, ignoring any limitations, what would it be?
- What is one default behavior or bad habit that you would change?
If you’re interested in journaling alongside me, With each question, I recommend allowing yourself only a minute or less to think about your answer before writing down a response. Also, quickly write down why you chose your answer. Don’t over think it. Force yourself to write down as much as you can within those 15 minutes. Leave the heavy thinking for when you’re reflecting on your answer. When reflecting, note whether you struggled to find an answer to the question or if your mind was bursting with choices. If you want to revise your answer, don’t delete or erase what you initially wrote. Instead, write an addendum and your rational. At the end of the week, review your responses and see if you can spot any patterns and summarize a few takeaways. For example, I realized that I tend to overweight the achievements of others and underweight my own. If you struggle with the same issue, remember that it’s quite possible that many people admire you for the accomplishments you tend to overlook.