It’s that time of the year again. I’ve started my LifeMap process again and I’m only partway through the first phase and have already had some great insights into some work, finance, and relational pieces. I’m consistently amazed at how powerful this process is. Check out my workflow to see how I made this happen.
After just 60-minutes working on my LifeMap, I’ve discovered why I’m dissatisfied with my financial position. I figured out of some changes I want to make at work. And I deepened a friendship in a way I never knew I could in one simple and purposeful conversation.
In this post, I’ll show you my process and how I got the results as quickly as I did.
How To Work The LifeMap Process
- Start with a proper frame of mind and prayerful heart.
- Set up your workflow.
- Keep it simple.
- Put due dates on each phase.
Be In The Right Frame of Mind
The worst thing to do when it comes to writing out your LifeMap is to feel obligated, rushed, or meh about it. First, start thinking about a strategy and the potential benefits of working through the process several days or even weeks beforehand. When you do this, the process and possibilities is fun and exciting.
Second, take the time to pray and prepare your mind for the first phase. The first question or Phase 1 is similar to a heartfelt journaling session. Putting all your thoughts, frustrations, and realities into a document. It’s like therapy for your soul. Once you are ready and in the right frame of mind, now you set up your workflow.
Set Up Your Workflow
This step is really important. If you have a great workflow the process is fun and rewarding. But if your workflow is not smooth, building your LifeMap can be frustrating. I’ve done this 4 or 5 times now and the workflow I use works really well for me. I start by creating a Google doc that has each of the 7 Critical areas written out with subsections for brainstorming and questions.
Use this to work through each Critical area by completing a brainstorm then reference the workbook questions. The easiest way to reference the workbook is by using the PDF version and making a bulleted list of answers to the questions in Google docs or your note app of choice. I prefer to put the workbook on my iPad next to my MacBook Air. This saves screen space and allows me to scroll through the questions easily. Choose whatever workflow works best for you.
For those of you who don’t have the workbook or would like the digital version, I am offering the PDF version of the workbook for free. Please contact me to learn how to receive your copy.
Keep It Simple
Keep it simple by doing most of your reflecting and LifeMap building in the brainstorming section. The questions will serve as a guide/trigger for your thoughts. Remember that it is okay for your brainstorming section to be a bit incoherent and wild. What’s most important is getting your thoughts and desires out and into your LifeMap. You don’t need to write a novel. Just dump your thoughts for that critical area and move to the questions to make sure you covered everything.
Once you move to the questions, only answer those applicable to you at the time. Anything else you should skip. Another tip is to keep it simple by only answering where am I?, avoid the trap of beginning to write out where you want to go. This can be distracting and will lead to an incomplete Phase 1. Finish all Critical Areas in Phase 1 before you move to Phase 2 and eventually, to Phase 3.
Put Due Dates On Your Process
Generally, dedicating 2-3 hours to each phase will give you enough time. A weekend is ideal for this. You can spend five or so hours on a Saturday morning for Phase 1 and 2. Then follow up on Sunday by completing Phase 3. This approach is very effective and allows you to keep track of your process and thoughts more coherently than breaking it up over multiple days or even weeks.
No matter what your approach is, make sure to have a deadline for each phase. The total amount of time should not exceed 3 weeks. Any longer than 3 weeks destroys momentum and you never get to the actual goal accomplishment part!
Start Accomplishing Goals
Once all three phases are complete you should have several goals you can begin to work on and a list of to-dos to make them happen. At this point, you will have multiple goals and tasks to complete. This is where the power of LifeMap will become apparent in your life. It’s important to not exceed 1-2 large goals at a time and to make sure one of those goals, at least at first, is somewhat easy to accomplish.
We will go into detail on Phase 3 in a later post. Enjoy your LifeMapping!