“We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.” – John Dewey
If you have been feeling like things need to change but don’t know how to make the right changes, here is something to think about:
“Unclear questions have unclear answers. Specific questions yield specific answers that prompt specific actions. It’s much easier to start finishing specific actions.” (Click to share this – thanks!)
For instance, “what’s the next action that needs to be done in order to move this project toward completion?” is a great specific question because it doesn’t ask about everything that needs to be done, but focuses on just the next thing.
Having a set of questions to focus your attention on what matters can be crucial when you are feeling lost, uninspired, and/or unproductive. In 50+ Better Questions to Ask Than How to Be More Productive, you will find a plethora of questions to guide you through re-evaluating what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it.
When your next steps are unclear, asking specific questions helps illuminate what to do next. In a future post, I’ll discuss when more general questions might provide the right insights for action.