I'm excited to be working with SpacePortX to help further create the environment for successful startups in Manchester. I've worked with a variety of people, from Disney to small startups, and I've found that asking the right question, at the right time can have extraordinary results. A great place to start is with these questions, so go on ask them to yourself, a friend or partner and see what they say...
Start the day reflecting what you're grateful for. This is such an important one for me, everyday I ask myself "What are you grateful for?" and write down the three things I am grateful for and more importantly, WHY I'm grateful for them.
When I say balance, I'm referring to the way we distribute our time amongst everything we have going on in our lives. I use an amazing tool for assessing the balance of your life, which can definitely be adapted over time (you can find out more about the balance too here). So, imagine your life as a whole cake (mmm, cake) with each area of your life divided into slices. For example, work, family, friends, fun etc. Ask yourself this: ‘Is there a slice larger than any others? Are you happy with that slice? Is there a slim slither of cake that you could give more energy? Would that have a positive impact on your life?’
We can often find ourselves overloaded with never ending todo lists, especially in the startup world. As such, it's easy get distracted by things happening in your peripheral, it's important to focus on what needs doing in priority order and not get sidetracked (however easy it might be). Be mindful of the importance of what you're doing and try to shift to an outcome based thinking perspective. So, ask yourself this question: ‘How can you get yourself to where you want to be faster/cheaper/easier?’
‘Where were you this day 12months ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago?’ Recognise what you have achieved, feel proud and celebrate it. Don't underestimate your accomplishments and remember to take the time to appreciate the effort you've put into your achievements. If you're feeling ambitious you could ask yourself where you would like to be in 12 months, 5 years, 10years?
If you struggle with finding the time, ask yourself: ‘Is it a priority? What would happen if I didn't do it? What would it take for me to make this a priority?’ I haven’t met anyone yet that hasn’t benefitted from creating time for their personal growth, so take the time to do it. Think about how you can develop personally.