Are you finding yourself swimming in a sea of endless due dates? Are you stuck in a rut and want to be more productive?Asking the right questions is the key to determining and strengthening goals and actions. A power positioned question can offer a great deal.

Let’s say that one of your goals is to gain knowledge and skills, which are valuable to your dream career. (Notice that the goal goes further than earn an A in a course). The needed information just might not be as obvious in a textbook or in a lecture.

Power positioned questions:

  • are open ended
  • should combine actionable questions and reflective questions
  • open your mind to further possibilities
  • transform and improve your mindset and practices
  • challenge the questioned person to also be introspective.

Example Questions to ask:

Yourself

Actionable How can I break my assignments into manageable tasks?
Reflective How might I add healthier habits to my lifestyle to enhance my well being?

Professor

Actionable After reading ____, I understand ___, but will you help me better understand ___?

 

Reflective Could I make an appointment to review my past tests or papers? I would like to see where you believe I can improve my work?

Family/Friend

Actionable What day can we get together and catch up with each other?
Reflective What strengths or areas for growth do you think I have?

How are you?

Classmate

Actionable Would you like to get together for study group?
Reflective What “take aways” did you get from our last class lecture or notes?

First, ask just the right open ended actionable or reflective questions. You will find  insight and reflection. Next, use the answers and reflections for journaling or for determining next steps in your planner. In the end, power positioned questions will  bring you closer to achieving your goals as well as creating a little life, work balance.

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