We all have busy seasons at work and we’re flooded with meetings, appointments, interruptions, and reports to deal with. We’re also usually gifted a week of respite here and there. For me, those weeks are Spring Break, Winter Break, and most of the summer. I tend to use this time to dive deep on projects and tasks that require a lot of focus. As much as I enjoy working with people – I also know that these uninterrupted blocks of time are a gift for doing some of my most thought-intensive projects.
It’s also a great time to stop and reflect on our lives, our jobs, and our happiness. I’ve borrowed some questions from a HuffPost article (5 Killer Life Coach Questions You Can Ask Yourself) and added some of my own thoughts and resources to the mix.
How happy am I overall, today, out of 10?
Let’s start off easy. On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you today? What can you do to bump that number up by 1? If you haven’t already take it, check out Gallup’s Wellbeing Finder and the accompanying book, Well-Being: the 5 Essential Elements. The wellbeing finder assesses your wellness in 5 areas: Career, Social, Financial, Physical, and Community. After taking the initial assessment, you’re prompted to retake it periodically to track your progress over time. It’s a great way to set goals for yourself and suggests ways to improve your well-being in each area.
Fore more inspiration, check out Ann Marie Klotz’s Wellbeing series of guest posts on each of the 5 elements.
What type of life do I want to lead?
In the context of your work – what kind of a team do you want to lead or be a part of? How does the life you lead with your family and friends fit with the work you do? What changes can you make to move more seamlessly between these realms? When people talk about your leadership or life – what do want them to say about you?
What does success look like to me?
Is it being promoted to a mid-level position? Acceptance into a PhD program? Submitting an article or program proposal? Showing up to work on time? Success looks very different for all of us. Start by envisioning your success and developing a road map to get there, one small step at a time.
What brings me joy?
I spent last year searching for and celebrating joy in my life. While you may not dedicate a year to it, spending your morning coffee time thinking about it is absolutely worth it. Maybe it’s wrestling around with a new puppy, or savoring the last few pages of a good novel.
What can I do in the next 2 weeks to bring more joy, passion, and purpose to my life?
Think about the last time you stopped worrying about your inbox and felt fully present in your life. What can you do to make time for more of those moments in your life? What mindless, meaningless task can you replace with something purposeful? Maybe it’s reading a devotional first thing in the morning instead of scrolling through Facebook. Or catching up on your DVR/Netflix cue while doing laundry or running on the treadmill.
What question(s) are you going to reflect on this week? What answers have you found?