When was the last time you checked in with yourself about the direction you’re taking—in your life or in your business?
Checking in with ourselves on a regular basis is a fantastic practice to ensure we are on track with our goals, to improve our happiness and motivation to keep moving forward, to maximize our productivity levels, and to identify problem areas faster so that we can deal with them as soon as they arise (rather than letting them fester, only to become a massive
issue down the line).
The only problem is that most of us aren’t doing this on a regular basis… and that could be severely diminishing our quality of life and the success of our businesses.
It’s time to change that. Schedule time for an audit into your weekly planner and make a point of asking yourself the following questions…
1) How do I feel about this past week?
2) Am I satisfied with the direction I am currently taking?
3) If there is something I’m not satisfied about, what can I change to improve my
4) What specific actions did I take this past week?
5) What were the results of those actions?
6) Did I achieve my short-term goals with those actions & results?
7) What tactics seemed most effective?
8) What tactics will I keep doing—and what tactics will I change or stop doing—in the
9) What are my SMART goals for the upcoming week?
10) How can I do and be more and better in the upcoming week?
When you are answering these questions, try to do it in a way that speaks to your personal learning style. For example, if you are a kinesthetic learner, you might find that drawing images or using mind mapping works effectively for you; if you are a social learner, you might benefit the most by doing this process with a business friend; if you are a verbal learner, you might maximize your insights through free-writing or speaking your ideas out loud, and so on.
Using tools adapted from your personal learning style will enable you to get much more out of this process (and have more fun while you’re at it!).
In addition to asking yourself this series of questions and working through them one at a time, you might want to tack on a few “extras” to your weekly audits, such as reviewing your business plan and adjusting it as needed, spending some time meditating or going for a walk to think over what you learned about yourself in the past week, and planning out your upcoming week (including a task list, social media content, short-term goals, and meetings).
Prioritizing weekly audits saves so much time in the long-term and empowers us to more clearly understand our personal motivations and driving forces. What more can you accomplish—and how much happier could you become—if you start implementing this practice in your own life and business?
Today is as good as any to get started.
Sagan Morrow teaches busy, time-crunched solopreneurs how to build their own successful home-based businesses—without the overwhelm—through her online courses at SaganMorrow.com.