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Take 20: Chapter 2 - thinking clearly

Updated: Apr 7

This exercise is all about organising your thoughts and getting some clarity around next steps. It can be really helpful when you’re feeling overwhelmed or don’t know where to start with something.

All you need is a quiet, comfy space and pen and paper.


Start by noticing what’s front of mind, or on your mind – this could be something to do with home, or work, it could be thinking about how you could look after yourself, or could be anything that you would like to think about.

With your issue in mind, please ask yourself the following questions in sequence. Please give yourself time to answer – about a minute per question, so you have time to truly reflect.

  • What’s on your mind? Choose one thing to focus on.

  • What would you like to be different about this?

  • What’s important about this for you?

  • What will happen if you do nothing about this?

  • What have you done already that has helped?

  • What are your options that could move this towards the change you want to see?

  • Keep thinking about options –can you add another?

  • What’s the option you are ignoring?

Pause here for a minute – look back, and reflect on what you’ve noted so far, and where you’ve got to.

  • How might you take this forward?

  • Who or what could help you?

  • What might be your first step or steps? (This doesn’t have to be an action, it could be a way of thinking or a mindset thing)

Gathering your thoughts and what you’ve noticed, please now take a final moment to set an intention around this.

If you like this exercise a downloadable version is below:

Take 20 Chapter2_thinkingclearly
Download PDF • 224KB

Inspired and adapted from The Write Place™ with thanks to Elaine Patterson and Karyn Prentice of PattersonPrenticeDesigns

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