12 Questions

By , November 29, 2009

There are several questions that I keep before me as a guide. I got into this habit because I get so busy, I lose track of myself. Sometimes I’ll walk into another room and stop, trying to recall why I entered. I ask myself, What am I looking for right now? Usually, it helps me to recall my purpose for stopping what I was doing. And for assignments, I have something of a system for keeping up with my tasks. I have emails, and lists that can be as detailed as I need them to be. So, whenever I need to work, I just refer to these items that list what needs to be done. And then there’s the rest of the story.

My Guiding Questions

These questions that guide me the rest of the way, cover what goes on around and between assignments. For these parts, I don’t really have a system. So I return to the questions to add and subtract answers until I’m satisfied—you should’ve seen the list before. I try to learn from my life experiences, good and bad, and I take notes. I ask these questions to the cosmos, search for answers on the web, and work on them as time permits. They help because I like to have routines for as many scenarios as possible. It may sound a little anal, but it really is just helpful. Plus it allows room for the unexpected when I have the expected well in hand.

Twelve Questions

These are the questions I have right now. And writing the answers helps me to be clear on the topics. For now, I won’t add more questions. But that happens too, you should know. One day, I’ll put them together in my at-home policy and procedures handbook.

  1. What do you do when you’re not working?
  2. How do you keep up with your audience changes and trends?
  3. What do you do when you’re stalled on the job?
  4. What do you do when you need time, help?
  5. Who are your human resources for networking, referring, and outsourcing?
  6. What do you do when you can’t finish a job at all?
  7. When is it alright to be rude?
  8. What do you like about the work you do?
  9. How do you know when it’s time to terminate an employer?
  10. How do you pick the sites you trust for leads?
  11. How do you pick the leads to pursue?
  12. BONUS: How many leads do you pursue at one time?

It’s mainly to keep my focus clear. Sometimes work and people and time can make things fuzzy. But reading through scenarios on paper, in my own words, can put things back into perspective. So over the next few weeks, I’ll be answering these questions. The answers may be shorter than this post. Some are looking fairly succinct. But that happens; and then when I get into it, there’s much more under the skin of it. And I pose these questions to you too. If you answer a question on your blog, send me an email or a link in a comment and I’ll include it when I get to that number. If you have more questions, please share those too.

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