Worklife balance planning with Future Focus Plan - Future Focus
Worklife balance planning with simple, effective life choice cards which will prompt you to look at different aspects of your life, trigger new possibilities and prioritise what's important for your future focus plan
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My worklife balance plan is always obvious – it changes and moves but I am never left wondering what my next project, hobby, challenge, travel adventure will be in my future focus. I could not conceive of not knowing what to do if I did not work full time. Future Focus came about after a discussion with my workaholic friend on what life would be like if he reduced his work hours and commitments.  “But what would I do?” he said.  I found the question almost impossible to understand.

I love my work.  I totally understand the rewards of utilising my strengths; of being valued; of feeling useful and productive; having meaning and purpose; having colleagues, structure, being challenged. Oh, and the income is great too. But I get most of those things alongside work as well and I wanted my friend to know he could too. Read more


Hi. I’m Claire.  I developed Future Focus and I’m delighted to be sharing it with you.  I want to be part of a world where we all flourish and have great worklife balance that involves a wide range of engaging, satisfying, challenging, meaningful, fun and sociable activities.  I have a very happy and satisfying personal life alongside a very happy and satisfying career as a career specialist and I want you to have the same. Read more


What makes people happy, achieve a sense of well-being, flourish? It appears that, contrary to popular wisdom, the pursuit of pure pleasure is not enough in itself for happiness.

Martin Seligman, an academic in Pennsylvania, USA, has made positive psychology the focus of his studies since 1998. His work on optimism and strengths has been important in my work for well over a decade now. His language on flourishing formed a structure for me to hang my Future Focus cards from.

In the preface to his 2011 book Flourish, Seligman states “The content (of positive psychology work) itself – happiness, flow, meaning, love, gratitude, accomplishment, growth, better relationships – constitutes human flourishing.  Learning that you can have more of these things is life changing.” 



    • Gail Sheehy has been writing best-selling books on life cycles, crises and strategies for dealing with them since 1974.  Her book PASSAGES was one of my favourite early reads on the phases in life.
    • Read Gail Sheehy’s book reviews or listen to her in YouTube interviews here.


    • I will keep adding reading and TED talks and videos on interesting related topics as I find them.