Case Study

OK Line by Gemma

Gemma Dyer Public Sector Partnerships Manager, The Prince’s Trust

Professional highs and lows

This tool really resonated with me on many levels. I started by plotting professional highs and lows either side of the line. I then decided to add personal elements to see if I could identify any trends.

I realised that there are some clear patterns and correlations in my life. When my work line dipped, so did my personal line and vice versa. I realised that when work got difficult my self-care went out of the window and therefore my personal line plummeted. Seeing it visually was a real slap in the face. Conversely, when things were good at work my self-care was up and I was happier and healthier.

I realised that when things are stressful at work my reaction is to crank up the work and neglect my self-care. When stressed I seem to give myself even more stress. As a result of this realisation, I now have a clear goal to try to achieve more balance. Work is still very busy, but being aware of my tendencies means I can try to take better care of myself.

It has really made me think about consistency and how I can avoid leaping between my highs and lows all the time.

I also used it with my team and they found it really useful too. I have now shared it with our wider learning and development team so hope that others will benefit from it in the future.

Tools for this case study

OK Line
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OK Line

If we don’t take time to consider patterns of behaviour and the consequences of these on our wellbeing we risk burn-out and reduced performance.


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This practice can help you overcome self-paralysis and take action by separating what you can control from what you cannot.

SWOB Analysis
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SWOB Analysis

Create your own development picture by mapping your Strengths and Weaknesses, Opportunities and Barriers.

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