Many people that come to me for life coaching are feeling stagnant/stuck or overwhelmed, and they desire a large life change. The first thing that I like to do with anyone that is looking to make a major change is to analyze all aspects of their life and put a plan together making room for more joy. Implementing this plan with small steps may help to alleviate the need for a major life change and help the individual create better boundaries, balance and support in their current life situation.
Making Room for More Joy
- Analyze your current circumstances – there are some things that are going on in your life that are beyond your control. This may be a staff shortage at work, young children within your care, a parent with an illness, etc.
- Look at everything you have going on and eliminate those things that are unnecessary. For this I like to do the “What’s on your plate” exercise.
What’s on Your Plate: Self Reflection
Step 1: On a piece of paper, draw a big circle that looks like a plate
Step 2: Write down all the things for which you’re responsible each day.
- Write the things that you currently prioritize inside of the plate.
- Write the things that don’t currently get prioritized in the space outside of the plate.
Step 3: Circle the things/people you feel are taking up your time and energy.
Step 4: Underline the things that nourish you.
Take a look at what is circled and underlined. Do the two complement each other?
Complete a second round of this exercise, but this time…
Step 1: Circle the things that you want to dedicate your time and energy to.
Step 2: Add in things that can add into your day that can serve as a way to:
- Nourish yourself
- Bring about happiness
- Help to find peace
This exercise can help you identify areas in your life where you need more support and make a plan for implementing support.
The Joy List
Make a “Joy List” and choose 3 things on this list to do regularly to nourish you and schedule them in your calendar.
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