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The Ikigai diagram

The Ikigai diagram

Ikigai (usually translated as 'life’s purpose') is a Japanese concept that provides a visual framework to reach clarity and identify long-term goals.

It encompasses 4 dimensions of life: what you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for and what the world needs.

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Useful for identifying the most optimal ways to spend your time.

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The Time Management Matrix

It's a visual tool for time management and evaluating tasks, to decide whether they should be carried out, delegated or dropped.

It divides tasks into 4 quadrants: Urgent and important, Not urgent and important, Urgent and not important, Not urgent and not important.

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Jack Mezirow

"By far the most significant learning experience in adulthood involves critical self-reflection - reassessing the way we have posed problems and reassessing our own orientation to perceiving, knowing, believing, feeling and acting."

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You need to have absolute clarity over 3 fundamental facts:

  • Your goals (the destination)
  • Your current situation (your coordinates)
  • The path that connects both of them (the route).

A very simple, but crucial principle: if you don’t know where you are, you can never reach the place where you want to be.

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Making an alternative choice is hard because we are neurologically wired to favor the default solution, even if it brings suboptimal results.

As the complexity of a decision increases, so does our tendency to stick with the answer we know.

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