31 Questions to Take Stock, Then Take Action

I love a good brain dump.

Just me, a pen and paper, purging every single thing from my busy brain. It’s so satisfying to see those swirling thoughts reduced to black and white.

That said, I’ve never had much success establishing a daily journalling habit.

A few times a week I take a few minutes to write down my goals, things I’m grateful for, and memories I want to hold on to. Those simple prompts are what help me focus and without them, I’m not sure I’d do it at all.

All this to say, I find it extremely helpful to write down my thoughts and am more likely to do it when I can sit down with a specific topic in mind.

Over the past several weeks, worry and overwhelm have been bobbing in and out of my life (I’ve taken to imagining a seal emerging from underwater and lazing around at the surface for a while – it’s silly, but it helps!), and my coaching sessions have frequently included journal-related action items.

So I sat at my kitchen table and brainstormed a long list of tried-and-true coaching questions. The kind that ask you to explore who you are, who you want to be, and what you’re learning along the way.

Using the 31 Questions

Rather than stare at a blank page, I could choose one of these questions to explore each day. Removing that decision – what should I write? – lowered the barriers to getting started.

It was also easier to focus, which made the whole exercise more relaxing.

Sometimes I would write for a long time, one topic leading into another. But other times I could answer the question and feel the satisfaction of being done. Both are completely ok!

As a surprise bonus, curiosity about my list also stirred up interesting conversations with my family. An activity meant to help me connect with my own thoughts also turned out to be a great way to connect with others.

I’ve only been at it for a few days, but it’s been a refreshing change and I’m planning to stick with it through the month of May.

Would you like to join me?

Whether you give it a try now or at any time in the future, I believe this is the kind of activity that ends up giving you back so much more than you put into it.

In just 5 minutes every day – answering one question on paper or thinking about it while you fold laundry – stacks up to being two-and-a-half hours of reflection over the course of a month! It becomes a really substantial amount of time, just for you taking care of you, but in the most bite-sized chunks.

If you’d like to give it a try, I’ve created a printable workbook that will take you though a full month of 31 prompts. It also has a wheel of life that you can use to do a quick self-assessment of your whole self.

And if you do decide to do it, please let me know how it goes!

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