In his autobiography (I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend), Martin Short describes a self-evaluation he goes through every week to assess how his life is going, regardless of highs and lows. His system is called The Nine Categories:
How am I doing health-wise?
2. Immediate family
Partner, kids, pets. How are they doing? When was the last time you expressed your love for them?
3. Original family
How are you getting along with the people you grew up with?
By now, you get it. Short is working in circles, going outwards.
Are you financially safe?
Remember that you don’t need a career; you just need a job.
Is your work creatively fulfilling? Do you need help?
Are you able to sustain work towards your goal(s)?
Are you making a difference and having fun doing it?
Nine Categories: A great framework for journaling
Even though this self-evaluation tool feels incomplete to me, I think that it’s still a good journaling exercise when things go well or not so well.
What would you add? Let me know in the comments below.
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Photo credit: Martin Short, by Dominik D / Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0