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Use these 5W/1H Questions to Test Your Productivity Chops

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Reader Comments (6)

I rarely read blogs because most of them have little value.

this post was amazing. great q's

how about, "Is what I'm doing right now consistent with my #1 goal?"

thanks for the link love~

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhellomynameisscott2

Made my day, Scott.

> "Is what I'm doing right now consistent with my #1 goal?"

Excellent one. Reminds me of Lakein's Question: "What is the best use of my time right now?"

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermatthewcornell

Hey Matt,

Very timely post for this time of year. The end of a year always brings questions. For me the questions center around what I've done, what I didn't do, what maybe I should have done, and what will I do in the coming year? This year I'm struggling with what I'll do different next year. Since a lot of the same things will need doing, how can I do them differently?

I had not really thought much about analyzing my questions in the 5W/1H framework. However, as I thought more about it, and reread your post a couple more times (I'm slow), I started to see how this would be a big help in organizing my thinking around a specific question. A way to drill down a question and look at it from different perspectives.

I've ran about 15 questions through this 5W/1H framework and the same thing happens on the #5H every time. Why? (again, I'm slow, probably should have caught this hangup on the third question). So I'm rearranging the drill through order to facilitate my understanding of why I even need to be addressing a given question; or think I need to be addressing it.

I'll keep toying (experimenting) with this for awhile and see how it helps. Thanks and continued success.


December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDavey

> I'll keep toying (experimenting) with this for awhile and see how it helps.

I love your attitude, Davey.

Thanks for your comment, and for reading.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermatthewcornell

Nice list, Matt. I also recommend David Allen's [ project planning questions | http://www.projectkickstart.com/downloads/project-planning-checklist.cfm ].

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAbe Crystal

Thanks, Abe.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermatthewcornell

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