15 Powerful Questions You Should Ask Every Friday

How You Can Actually Know I've Had a Productive Week

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It’s Friday, and you wonder if you have been productive. How do you know if you have accomplished your goals, hit your targets, performed at an optimal level, have had a good work week and have been productive? Laura Garnett, a performance strategist, proposes one habit that, that if we practice it at the end of every week, could make us work smarter, be more productive, and push us to peak performance. 

In an Inc. article, Garnett proposed 15 questions to ask yourself each week to reveal the high points and low points of your week. Garnett says:

“By going through these questions and answering them honestly, you will uncover the root cause of great or less than optimal performance.”

I think these questions can help us be more productive and effective in our work. Try to spend at least 20 minutes asking and answering these questions each week.

  1. What was the most enjoyable work activity of the week?
  2. How many enjoyable work moments did you have?
  3. How many frustrating or boring moments did you have?
  4. How would you describe your impact on others you work with, your customers, or those whom you come into contact with this week?
  5. Is this the type of impact you want?
  6. If not, what prompted this change in desired impact?
  7. Were you challenged this week?
  8. Were you bored?
  9. What were your biggest and most exciting challenges this past week?
  10. How confident did you feel this week?
  11. Did you have any negative mental chatter about yourself?
  12. Are you practicing actively believing that you can achieve whatever it is you have set your sights on?
  13. Are you committed to having joy and groundbreaking results at work?
  14. What distractions came up this week that prevented you from getting the most out of your job?
  15. How can you avoid that going forward?

Write your answers in a physical or electronic journal or in another productivity tool like Evernote. You can review them at the three-month, six-month and one-year mark, and determine if there are any unusual patterns.

Turn Your Minutes Into Moments

How do you typically determine if you have had a productive week? 
Which questions did you find particularly helpful?
How do you think you could benefit from making this exercise a weekly practice? 

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