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:
Category 1: Self
How am I doing health-wise?
Category 2: Immediate family
Partner, kids, pets. How are they doing? When was the last time you expressed your love for them?
Category 3: Original family
How are you getting along with the people you grew up with?
Category 4: Friends
By now, you get it. Short is working in circles, going outwards.
Category 5: Money
Are you financially safe?
Category 6: Career
Remember that you don’t need a career; you just need a job.
Category 7: Creativity
Is your work creatively fulfilling? Do you need help?
Category 8: Discipline
Are you able to sustain work towards your goal(s)?
Category 9: Lifestyle
Are you making a difference and having fun doing it?
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.
This article first appeared in Make Stuff, my newsletter.
Photo credit: Martin Short, by Dominik D / Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0