I’m still reeling from the high that comes with the fresh start of a new year. It is only the second day after all. I’ve already started my mind mapping exercise that I planned to complete by week’s end. Although I wouldn’t say I’m done and ready to check it off my list, I’m pretty stoked that I’m ahead of schedule. My other task was to gather up some old magazines to prepare for my vision board development. Not only do I have some magazines already in hand (thanks to my hubs), I’ve actually started to peruse them for pictures and keywords/phrases to use on my vision boards. Nice work, huh?
So my mind mapping effort thus far has resulted in five major categories (listed in no particular order): Health/Wellness, Me Time, Business & Blog, Home, and Family. Each category has varying quantities of topics jetting off from all directions. Some topics are drilled down even further, which helps to define the specific goals. (I'll discuss drilling down and goal setting in a later blog post.)
Envision the category as the center of a wheel. Each topic that you have interest in pursuing that relates to that category is like a spoke from the center of the wheel to the outside rim. Although I give you this vision, it really can look like anything you want. I'm a left-brain kinda gal, so I tend to approach all things very logically. I just put pen to paper and start. You can do the same, or get creative. You can doodle, draw, color - whatever floats your boat! Point is to get your thoughts and ideas onto paper and group them together in like categories.
Mind mapping is great for visual folks like me. I can typically identify, fairly quickly, the category that needs the most attention just by seeing how many topics surround it. I’ll use Health/Wellness as an example. As of now, this category has nine spokes. (For illustration, the blog image doesn't capture all categories/topics - I did that to play around with ways to create an image. The image herein though IS my actual paper. You can validate that it's BORING. BUT, it still worked for me!) I can attest that Health/Wellness is the most underserved in my life currently. Some of my topics are broad, like trying new healthy recipes, whereas others are more specific, like getting at least six hours of sleep. My other topics include: incorporate morning and evening stretching, get monthly massages, drink more water, experiment more with essential oils, find balance, workout regularly, and lose weight. (I think it may be worth mentioning that stretching, massages, and oils are pretty important for me, as they are part of a grander scheme to manage and reduce, if not eliminate, my numerous headaches. Long story that I’ll likely share another day.)
This mind mapping exercise was extremely useful. It helped me to identify things that are important to me. It will help me narrow down images and words that I want to select for my vision boards. Another tactic I just heard about to set goals/intentions for the new year is to derive one or more words or phrases. That's another idea I'll consider for my vision boards as well. I love that idea!
My action plan to complete by Friday:
- Complete mind mapping exercise (nearly complete already!).
- Continue to compile old magazines, newspapers, and other crafts to make my vision board(s).
I continue to be open to what may come.