How I Use Mind Mapping to Raise My Self-Awareness

If I asked you right now how are you doing when it comes to your health, wealth, love, and happiness, what would you tell me? Tough question to answer, isn’t it?

Most people don’t take time to reflect on this, yet it’s the key to lead a good life. If you don’t know where you stand on these important parts of life, how can you know how to improve your situation?

Most people are stuck in the “daily grind”. I bet you’re familiar with it, aren’t you? That’s what being an adult is about anyway, isn’t it? I certainly thought that before. But here’s something for you: it’s ONE way of living. There are many others, and no one can tell you which one is best.

I love work. I enjoy what I do for a living, and for the longest time, that was at the expense of other areas of my life, which I didn’t know about. I mean, I knew about them, but until I mapped it out, I wasn’t aware of how bad things got in a few areas.

I gained more self-awareness the day I was introduced to the Wheel of Life. It looks like this:


You may have heard of it before. It’s a great tool, but the numbers in it mean nothing unless you can specify why you put that number in the first place. And so, to me, a wheel wasn’t the ideal format, even if it looks appealing.

That’s why I created the following the Map of Life using MindMeister:

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Like the Wheel of Life, it fits on one page, but it allows space for writing down why you put the number you put and what you want to improve on going forward.

The eight categories I chose are standard ones, but it’s up to you to decide which areas of your life you want to reflect on.

How to fill out your Map of Life

1. Duplicate the Map of Life template from this link. If you don’t have a MindMeister account yet, you can create one for free

2. Decide on the branches you want to reflect on (or keep the default ones).

3. For each branch, give the score you feel you’re currently at on a scale of 0 to 10. Don’t think too hard. Spend at most one minute for all branches.

4. Next, go through those you’re satisfied with and write one or two sentences about your current situation. For those, feel free to skip writing what and how you want to improve. Note that you can score low in something and still be satisfied with that for the moment. There’s only so much you can improve in the short-term.

5. Finally, go through those you’re not satisfied with and write one or two sentences about your current situation, as well as what you want to improve and how you’re going to improve it. This is the most important step.

How it raises your self-awareness

Peter Drucker said:

There’s nothing so useless as doing something efficiently that which should not be done at all.

Peter Drucker

How do you know what should not be done at all?

You now know which areas

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