Managing Self

A one page framework for getting back in touch with your BIG PICTURE

Written by Allison Wolf

Let’s face it, who isn’t crazy busy these days?  With so many priorities, deadlines, deliverables, and expectations weighing on our shoulders it can all start to feel like “too much”.

This week, the Harvard Business Review blog served up a treat from coach Allison Rim: A simple one page framework for getting back in touch with your big picture goals and priorities.  You can read about it here.

What I love about this ‘life framework tool’ is it provides an easy way to reconnect with our strengths, our priorities, and our life goals, and makes a space for thinking about how we can get our actions realigned with what REALLY matters.

Our conscious minds can only hold so much information at one time.  There is simply no way that while living our busy lives we can keep our life goals at the forefront of our minds at any one time.  Personally, just one minute in my email inbox and my goals are well and truly forgotten!  The ‘life framework tool’ is the answer to this.  It is an external storage place for what’s important.  You can keep it close at hand and refer and update it frequently.

As a coach I know that it is the many small choices we make each day that add up to the direction your life takes.  And when life gets busy and stressful we become more reactive. This one page framework can help us all with remembering what’s important so that we can make choices that carry us towards what matters – to us.

I will be filling out my ‘life framework’ this weekend and sending it off to a number of my clients.  Do let me know, with a comment, or a quick email, if you give it a try too, I am interested in hearing how it helps.


About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.

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