At the bottom of this middle panel, I wrote three practical areas which need the most work for the foreseeable future: family, finances, and health.
I chose to do the left section on what I already love to do by myself or with a friend. This gives a clearer picture of my unique personality, lifestyle and giftings.
But again, most of my vision for the future as well as the present is about who I am and how I affect other people.
It's not like I'm doing anything spectacular. Since I'm in my fifties with multiple physical disabilities and my kids still need me so much, I'm not planning on launching any new lucrative career. I will likely be going back to work part time in about a year. For now, I'm taking care of my family and my home, trying to be a good steward of my time and resources and health, and seeking to make a lasting impact in my spheres of influence. I have a lot of on-going challenges in my life, but I'm taking this step by step with confidence.
I brought the board in to my next appointment. I think my therapist was surprised to see that I hadn't printed out any pictures to go with my goals, but she understood once she took a good look at it. Weeks later, we're still talking through it, especially those three practical work areas of family, finances, and health. I'll share some of this in future posts, and include pictures of some other visual aids that I've made to remind me.
I find that the simplicity of these visual reminders (all near my bedside) is even more motivating than the detailed list of goals that I made at the start of 2015. (I didn't follow through on big chunks of it. Too complicated!)
I am a rather fluid ADD mama with five of my ten children still living at home. I need a lot of flexibility and spontaneity in how I move forward in life. However, I also still need some structure to keep me on task and out of trouble. I keep current checklists for upcoming stuff in the gTask app, which also lists the events in my Google calendar app.
With this more simplified interactive approach, I pause each morning when I wake up to glance at my visual reminders, check my To Do list in gTask, and think: What am I going to do today to move forward into my future? Before bedtime, I check all of this again and think: How did I do today? What progress did I make?
Think about what you would put on your own visions and values board. Give it a try! It doesn't have to be fancy!
I look forward to sharing with you some of the other tools I'm using to develop my visions and values.
In the meantime, you might want to take a peek at the Move Forward series I wrote last year. I reread it recently and it was good to be reminded of some of the concepts and practical ideas. It's amazing how much I can forget if it's not right in front of me. Here are some of the posts in that series.
- Move Forward in Pain and Weakness
- Move Forward When Life is Hectic
- Move Forward: Build Habits for the Future
- Move Forward Within a Loss
- Move Forward by Letting Go
- Move Forward, One Day at a Time
You may also like these posts on productivity:
- Just a Few More Things to Do...
- Pull It Together and Push It Through: How to Get It Done When You Think You Can’t