5 Questions I Ask And Answer At The End of Every Week

Kenny Jahng —  2012/06/03 — 9 Comments

Tomorrow is another day, another week.  That means that Sunday evening is a time unwind, rewind, and re-focus the mind.

Here’s a personal praxis of mine which I wanted to share with you since it has come up twice recently with some friends in conversation.  I thought it might be useful to share this with you, but also to solicit input from you too as to what you are doing, or what you think could help improve this weekly exercise.

Basically, I find the time toward the end of every week to pause and ask myself 5 questions about the week that just passed as well as the week ahead.  Michael Hyatt and others suggest you review your life plan topline objectives each and every day so you can keep you eye on the prize and have better operational discernment as things come up.

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Similarly, these 5 questions help me re-tune/re-align my energy and focus using self-reflective feedback as well as revisiting strategic vision on a regular basis. I’m finding that one of the biggest benefits is that the result gives me permission to take more things off my plate every week because they are not supportive of where I’m trying to go in the big picture. It helps me pour more into the activities, programs and people who are important to me.

Here’s a short video clip sharing the 5 questions I ask myself at the end of every week:


What I do is have an actual printout with the questions on the page multiple times.  Then I cut out the paper strips containing all 5 questions each so that each strip can be easily pasted into a blank book journal like a MoleSkine.  And then I go through and answer each question one of a time and write out or draw out my response.  Being able to look back at some of the previous responses has been very instructive too.

I would love your feedback. If you’ve never done anything like this, is it something you might try out? 

What are your thoughts on making sure to hit these 5 questions weekly? Is it worth being self-aware of these things and carving out precious time in the schedule to accomplish it each and every week?  What other questions would you ask of yourself?

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9 responses to 5 Questions I Ask And Answer At The End of Every Week

  1. Kenny,
    Thanks for sharing what questions you ask each week. It makes a lot of sense to me to be asking specific questions that evaluate the last week as well as push you forward towards your goals for the next week. I really liked the idea of figuring out what you learned last week. How cool would it be to look back through your journal and see what you learned over the course of the last year, etc. I love it.

    This is something that I could see myself applying in my journalling practices. It definitely would help.

    I wonder if anyone else has any great questions like this that they would add to the list?

  2. I think this is a great idea, and I am going to try it. Being in the teaching profession, I would tweak the last question
    to… something about exploring …in what areas, and in what ways- could I economize my time. What can I do differently so I have more time to spend on the things that are important to me.

    Thanks for the idea. HB

  3. I just found your blog today. I've enjoyed reading your posts. I am deaf, so I can only lip-read your videos. Could you put your questions here in the comments section. I had some trouble catching them.

    • Stephen, I just had a conversation today about getting a PDF up with the printout I cut up and use myself as an example. Will do that shortly! <p style=”color: #A0A0A8;”>

    • Stephen,

      I was able take photos of the journal and question sheets I actually use for you.  I just published a new post with them to share with you and other readers.  Thanks for the prompting to do it!

      Photos of 5 Questions Journal: http://www.godvertiser.com/ponderings/the-5-questions-for-journaling/

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