The Map Habit Has Moved!

TheMapHabit-ScreenshotThe Map Habit has been redesigned and moved it to it’s own hosted domain. One of the reasons for doing this is to have more control of the layout as well as the ability to add additional elements not available in the hosted WordPress package. My goal for the design of The Map Habit is to create a sanctuary of information in an attractive and accessible way, and I hope that you find the new design to be a step in that direction.

Please check out the new design at:

As always, I would really appreciate your feedback (the good, the bad and the ugly). So let me have it (but let me have it on the new site!).

Published in: on June 14, 2009 at 8:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Sample of Latest Map Template

Here is a sample of the latest map template I have been using for projects. I have been fine-tuning and simplifying this template for years. The goal of this template was to make it extremely easy to create as well as to maintain. It also had to retain all of the functionality of the diagramming method I was trained on as well as incorporate some of the additional information that I always felt should be included on the map because when it wasn’t the map lost some of the critical content, which was often never looked at again once the map was created. Don’t worry about the contents of the map, this is just meant to be a sample and it was the most complete map that I had using this new template. It does not include a sample of the risks and issues worked in, nor does it show the incorporated owner and duration, but I’ll have a sample that includes all of that soon.


Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

No One Can Chart Your Course To Success…But You

I’ve read dozens of (more if you ask my wife) self-help books and although I learned at least something from most of them, none provided me with the “solution” I was looking for. None provided the specific instructions that would finally work for me and give me the life I wanted. All would fall short or prove unachievable or unsustainable for me. The enthusiasm would drain, the quick high would wear off, the latest fad simply did not work for ME for one reason or another.

So what now? I started to feel that the self-help industry thrived by generating demand for itself and that I was just another sucker that fed the industry without realizing the promised dreams if I just followed these “simple rules” or made these “easy changes” to my life.

I no longer feel like a sucker, as over the years I realized that I have been taking bits and pieces from each of these formulas and fads and what I really needed to do was to create my own formula. No one else’s formula was ever likely to work for me unless someone with my unique challenges and disorders and allergies and weaknesses and strenghts and gifts and environment and motivation and energy created a formula and published it. And even if they did the market would be so small it would inevitably fail…a market of two would not sustain it. What I needed to do was create my own personal formula based on everything I have learned and custom fit for ME.

So what I offer up on this site is not another in the endless series of self-help trends and one-size fits all formulas…but rather a new approach to help YOU create a formula (or what I will refer to as a MAP) for yourself. A map that takes tips from the lifestyle design gurus and the self-help masters and the productivity bloggers and charts a course that gets you from where YOU are to where YOU want to be. It won’t be easy and the maps I provide most likely will NOT work for you (how is that for a marketing approach)…but if you come here looking for a simple and easy to¬† follow formula then you have missed the point, you are in the wrong place…but don’t worry there are plenty of books and blogs and programs out there for you…trust me I KNOW!

Here is a sample a very simple map that helped me get my goals and tasks organized. I have revised this map and no longer use RememberTheMilk for tasks, but I’ll explain that later…I just wanted to share a quick and simple map. I’ll do my best to give credit where credit is due and provide links and references to the thought leaders and lifestyle explorers that I am using to help chart my course. I am simply a map maker…not a pioneer like Tim Ferriss of the 4-Hour Workweek or a simplicity and productivity guru like Leo Babauta of Zen Habits.

Published in: on February 27, 2009 at 11:52 am  Comments (1)  

I am a Map Maker

It took me years to figure out what my path was. I read dozens of self-help books, took online quizzes, searched my soul and still found no answers. It seemed that as soon as I found something that fit and started moving in that direction, regardless of how excited I was, it was only a matter of time before I lost enthusiasm and felt that I was trying to live someone else’s life. Then after years and years of this (about 11 years to be exact) it hit me…

My name is gavin and I am a Map Maker.


Interested in who is influencing me? Check this out: The Top 4 (now 5) Most Likely People to Change Your Life…for the Better!

Published in: on February 23, 2009 at 10:08 am  Leave a Comment