At the Smithy #1: Magical Map

“At the Smithy” is a place where I discuss what I am currently learning about, be it through a book, an ecourse, a teleclass, or a life experiment. This is my opportunity to model what I’m teaching others and legitimizes all the self-work I like to do (bonus!).

Apparently this is a great productivity tool for me. Last Friday, I introduced my first “At the Smithy” Project, Magical Mapping. I committed to Steps 1-3, and wound up accomplishing steps 4 and 7 as well. I guess I don’t need to feel so lazy after all!

Here’s how it went:

I blocked out two hours on Monday to work on this, from 9:30-11:30. I began by pulling up my brainstorming document and revising it. I also tried a mind-mapping freeware program, but as fun as it was it didn’t really help me. I’m more of an outline person.

Next, I reviewed the productivity and planning resources I’d collected. I’d been afraid that I would get lost chasing down rabbit holes but I actually did okay. I mostly decided they didn’t really apply anymore.

I got a bit stuck at the visioning step, but managed to create income stream tables for each of the next five years. I know I have an idea of what I want my business to look like in each stage, but for some reason that wasn’t really translating to the page. Oh, well.

As I am great with structure, mapping out a daily/weekly/monthly schedule was easy. Now I just have to try it and see what adjustments need to be made.

Next week, I’ll revisit the steps I skipped. Hopefully I will make some progress.


  1. You’ll have to share it with me in person. Sounds interesting! When I’m finished with this move, I need to look at that.

  2. Yay for working your plan! I’ve been working on some longer-term planning myself. You’re inspiring me to keep at it. Thanks!

  3. @Mom: I’ll be happy to share it with you when you’ve settled in.

    @Shannon: Good luck to you!


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