Finding Focus & Depth with the Map Your Movement Process
Where do we start when we need to shift our action so we can move closer to the life and work that we long for?
If, for instance you….
Feel like you’re doing ALL THE THINGS, and could use some focus. (Side note for creative humans who work in multiple areas: focusing doesn’t mean quitting one of those necessarily. Sometimes it just means figuring out what you most need from these endeavors, and what kind of momentum you’re looking for…)
Want to make more space for a new dream or endeavor (or change the way you’re approaching an old one).
Need to shift your working habits, schedule, and even kind of projects you take on to better support you as a person.
The Map Your Movement (MYM) process gives us a framework for making shifts and growing our endeavors, and helps us implement mindset shifts, tools, and habits that support our work.
The process starts by helping us deepen our self-awareness, so we can clarify our goals and intentions internally and align our endeavors, energy, and action accordingly. The result is more focused momentum (you know exactly what you’re trying to do and why). And, work that organically stands apart, because a key part of the process is leaning into what we have - our personal genius, if you will- to make what we need.
It’s a cycle, because there is no FINAL DESTINATION. Our work is always shifting in response to our lives and priorities, because we’re human and our circumstances and needs change over time.
It’s a cycle, because iteration brings us closer to clarity (as long as we notice and adjust).
Notes on using MYM:
The idea is that you move through this process over and over and over, as your goals, needs, and priorities shift.
Progress isn’t linear, and all of the phases inform one another. I suggest starting with Phase 1 each time, because it focuses your action by helping you figure out (a little bit at a time) the direction that you’re trying to head.
Sometimes you don’t need phase 2, either because 1)you’re just working to take some sort of action, without worry about focusing it or 2) you aren’t trying to connect your work to an audience (or granters).
I like thinking of the cycle in terms of 3 month chunks of time— a good amount of time to focus on one thing, and then zoom out to see how progress is going (reflect + adjust). You can really get somewhere in three months of focused work. But, use whatever time frame works for you.
A note on creating a phase 3 experiment:
You can create an experiment that’s as informal or formal as you like. I suggest actually writing something down that you plan to stick to for a set period of time, because most of my clients (just like me) like to sort of try something for a couple weeks, and then change their mind because they don’t think what they’re doing is working. PROGRESS TAKES TIME.
Examples of experiments include…
Setting aside regular writing time so you can finish a script
Writing regular newsletters so you can grow your audience
Applying for grants, so you can fund an idea
Getting in the studio regularly, so you can work your creative muscles
Creating a course or offering, so you can grow your business revenue
A note on the structure:
The nice thing about having rules and systems (like this one), so that you can play within them. There is freedom in parameters! But, obviously let go of what doesn’t work for you. There are exceptions to every rule!
My advising sessions + classes teach you tools and principles for applying the MYM phases to your life and work, but this chart explains the process in more detail and shows you how you can start to implement it on your own, in small ways, to focus your work time and energy.
To explain this process in a REALLY concrete way, I make ANOTHER chart that shows an example of how a writer (just, for example) could use cycle through the phases over and over to find more clarity/momentum. Obviously, progress is not nearly as linear as this little succinct chart, and these goals might take much longer in reality. But, just to give an example…