This is a personal and reflective mapping activity. To move forward it is useful to take stock and reflect on where you are now in the present moment, and what events, people and circumstances have lead you there. It helps you to ‘know yourself’ in relation to your ‘context’.
By creating a timeline of the past you can capture events that happen not only in your own life, but in your organisation and sector, as well as in the bigger cultural and political landscape. This helps you to recognise the external factors that influence you.
Understanding the interplay between these three levels and how events have affected you personally can offer helpful insights into your thought patterns and behaviour, help you understand why you've reacted in certain ways. It's a chance to bring new awareness to how we act in the future in both our personal and professional lives as new events unfold. This helps build resilience, self belief, and empathy for others who might have been through similar things.
This mapping exercise can also offer insight into the patterns of behaviour and actions of your organisation, and bring to light ideas about how you might choose to act in relation to the current context and future events as they take place.