This is a similar questionnaire I send to my coaching clients before our first session. This enables me to get a better feel for who they are, what there mission is, and where they want to go. By brainstorming with a pre-coaching questionnaire, you can gain a deeper understanding about your business and where you want to take it.
Spending time regularly brainstorming about your business and goals, and taking a hard look at where you are, will help keep you on track. Answering a simple questionnaire like this before you start your business can be extremely helpful if you haven’t quite yet discovered your niche. Discovering your niche is vital, and until you narrow down your target audience most of your efforts will be in vain.
Once you have established your niche, focus on how you can stand out and do something different, or offer more, than other successful folks in your niche.
Where are you at right now? Do you have an established business or are still trying to discover your niche?
When I first heard the concept of making a list of 10 ideas everyday I was excited to start. And I was right to be excited. This simple exercise has brought me hundreds of great ideas. These mini-brainstorming sessions each day are an opportunity to think different, think bigger, and strengthen my creativity.
If you don’t exercise your “idea muscle” every day it would atrophy and you would lose the ability to be creative. So I encouraged people to write 10 ideas every day. I write 10 ideas every day no matter what. Yesterday, for instance, I wrote 10 ideas how Airbnb can be improved. Today I haven’t written my list yet. — James Altucher
Easy enough? It’s time to start your own lists…
Tell me, have you tried strengthening your creativity muscle before?
Do you have trouble concentrating? Do you have a seemingly never ending string of ideas and to-dos running through your mind? Does it seem like you can’t keep up with everything? If that sounds like you, then it’s time to clear your head.
Life is always easier to manage with a clear head, when your not so scatterbrained because you’re trying to keep constant mental reminders.
A lot of folks refer to this as a brain dump, I hate that phrase, so I always say I’m clearing my head… just get it all out on paper, whatever pops up—write it down.
All of it!
It’s that simple.
Clearing your head so that you can focus on what’s important is vital. When you take the time to eliminate the jumbled mess in your head (it’s not just me, I hope!) it frees up your mind to do important work.
As soon as you can, gather some paper and something to write with. You can use your computer, although personally I like to clear my head on paper, but I know many folks who like to use Evernote. I also use the notepad on my phone if I’m out and need to remember something.
I love those one-subject notebooks that cost a dime during all the back-to-school sales. I buy dozens of them. They easily contain my mess! I keep one on my desk at all times, opened to a fresh page. Anytime during the day I find myself thinking about something and it’s getting in the way of my regular work I go write it down. It took time to make it a habit, but now it’s second nature, and it is FREEING!
Eliminating the chaos is key. Getting your thoughts out is the first step to making those ideas a reality.
Clearing your head is useful in every aspect of your life. You will eventually want to seperate your thoughts. I keep separate notebooks for business and my personal life, although as I’m sure you can relate, the two sure do overlap! Anytime I am working on an ongoing project, it also gets its own notebook that way everything related to the task gets recorded and saved in one spot.
I do jot down notes in my Bullet Journal as well, but I don’t use it to clear my head. If you’d like to learn more about the art of clearing your head, Mystie Winckler has a great FREE email course to help.
I find it helpful to do this each evening so that I don’t lay in bed going over my to-do list and agonizing about all those things I “forgot.”
Could your life benefit from a little decluttering?