If it’s not going to matter in the next five minutes, five hours or five days, is it worth focusing on? Is it worth the energy or emotional output?
On the other hand, if it may matter or have lasting impact in the next five weeks, five months or five years, shouldn’t this get the lion’s share of your attention and focus?
Learning to ask better questions is a useful skill. But, getting good at asking better questions isn’t enough on its own.
The answer to a good question will usually sort itself out.
For most of us, if we ask ourselves a question like this at the right moment, it wouldn’t be terribly difficult to discern which of the two categories the current moment would fall into.
The hard part is training yourself to pause and recognize you are in a moment that requires asking the question.
Noticing is at the heart of it.
Learn to notice and what to focus on will take care of itself.