A few years ago I created a checklist for myself. I’ve had a tendency in the past to get excited about things and jump right in without really asking myself if it’s a good fit, or good timing. Maybe you do the same thing???
My solution to this problem was to create a checklist of questions I could ask myself so that I could determine if any project, plan or business opportunity was a good fit for me.
In order to do this, you need to know yourself well enough to create helpful questions, but I can give you a few ideas to help get you started on creating your own customized checklist. I even created a pretty printable for you to write your checklist on.
Here are a few question ideas to get your started:
Will this take me out of my home (or make me stay home) more than I would like?
Where do I get to do this? What location? And do I like that location?
Can I still balance my other obligations if I take this on?
Can I connect with others? How much? Is that acceptable?
Does the process relax me? Excite me? Is it simple? Complex? Frustrating?
Can I live with (or hire out) on the parts that I don’t want to do?
Do I get to use my gifts and skills?
Does it bring my favorite materials together?
Does it involve too many supplies?
What supplies are required? What will it cost?
Is it financially feasible? Or worth the financial sacrifice?
Can I learn (or do I have access to training) for things I don’t know how to do during the project?
What are the physical drawbacks?
What are the emotional drawbacks?
Does this energize me? Or suck the life out of me?
Does it bring me joy?
What do I love about the prospect? What do I hate?
Of course, there are other questions, like:
Why am I doing this? What do I think it will give me?
What will I have to sacrifice to do this?
Is this in line with my long-term goals? Or is it a distraction?
Is there a market for it?
Come up with questions that speak to your specific needs. For example, if you know you need sleep, but this project will keep you up late at night, or stress you out too much so that you have trouble falling asleep, perhaps it’s not a good fit. Ask yourself that question on your checklist: Will I lose sleep over this?
You know you best. Think about your needs, desires, habits, weaknesses and goals in relation to where you get frustrated, overwhelmed, or want to quit. Create questions that you can answer based on what you know about circumstances that make you feel this way. Likewise, create questions around situations that you know make you feel great, that you want to experience more of. Once you have a checklist you can compare your opportunities to, you’ll be better able to stay true to your goals and desires, and make healthier choices that really nurture you. The key is in knowing yourself enough to ask the right things.
Struggle to know yourself? Here are some articles that can help.
This Week’s Challenge:
Print the page below and write out your questions!
Right-click to download the free printable, or click here.