When trying to find a solution to a problem, a common approach is to use the five words that most questions begin with – who, what, where, when and why. Commonly known as the ‘five Ws’, we can apply the five Ws to almost any situation to increase our understanding and awareness of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Even something as simple as having breakfast can be run through the five Ws process, and may help you realise how many decisions you make subconsciously:
- Who did you have breakfast with? – Your partner? The dog? On your own?
- What did you have for breakfast? – Cornflakes? Bacon butty? Sausage roll from Greggs?
- Where did you have breakfast? – In bed? At home? On the train to work?
- When did you have breakfast? – The crack of dawn? Just before leaving for work? At noon?
- Why did you have breakfast? – To stop you being hungry? To use up the last of the Rice Krispies? Because it’s routine?
The answers to these very mundane questions can reveal a lot about how a person behaves in a morning, and how they could change (more…)