In gardens, farms and forests, each stage of the cultivation cycle is important, and the same will often be true for your work and life generally. Most of us tend to focus too much on a few stages of this cycle, and neglect others. This checklist can also be helpful in looking at how a whole group approaches things, such as a work team or community organisation.
Give each item a rating from 0 – total neglect, through 5 – balance, to 10 – major overemphasis
|Ground preparation: planning, nurturing the starting phase
|Seeding: using creativity
|Weeding: learning through problems, maintaining clarity
|Feeding: raising momentum by support, vision, and appreciation
|Fun: enjoying, celebrating, enabling enthusiasm to produce growth
|Harvesting: completion, reaping full benefits, storing the fruits
|Review: drawing out the learning and appreciating people
|Maintaining: preparing/renewing/pruning for future growth
|Rest: yes, rest!
Use this checklist to appreciate the stages in the cycle which you or a group do well, and to highlight stages where you would benefit from more attention.