Tools to help you rewrite life’s script
We can all do with mental reminders now and then. However, sometimes the messages we tell ourselves don’t support positive control of our choices or lives.
Note to Self is a set of reminders that promote self-responsibility. Drawing on the wisdom of choice theory, Note to Self digital version consists of 24 colourful digital cards with over 70 questions to support accountability and personal power.
The digital cards provide questions that apply to everyday situations, challenges and tipping points. Engaging with the set can solidify personal strengths and enable users to embrace optimism by asking the right questions at the right time.
The statements and questions on the cards are reflective and help participants evaluate current behaviours, engage in positive self-talk and take actions that bring about desired changes.
These 24 digital cards are excellent resources for helping anyone who wants to take effective control of their life, make conscious choices and clarify goals.
- Personal use
- Life coaches and mentors
- Social work
- Child and Family services
Stories and Reviews
Note to Self and reflection
‘My role is varied but I do a lot of one-on-one counselling with students, which can take a variety of forms depending on the student. I believe that reflection is a powerful tool and the primary focus of my counselling is using a strength-based approach.
I recently used the cards with a Year 12 student, who was reflecting on her upbringing and her parents’ influence. She was worried about the person she would turn out to be, and what her future held in terms of education, employment, family, relationships, etc.
I put the Note to Self cards out and asked her to pick any that drew her eye. She picked out 10 cards which I was surprised at, and I wasn’t sure how successful the exercise would be given the number of cards. But it worked out really well. I asked her to pick one of those cards that stuck out the most. It just happened to be the same card I would’ve picked out for her, given her thoughts when she came in.
We went through the cards one by one and answered some of the questions—not all—and it helped generate her reflections. She left our appointment in a far more positive frame of mind, and with some clear goals to aim for after the exercise with Note to Self.’
Paul, Student Wellbeing Coordinator (Victoria)
Note to Self and teacher wellbeing
‘I have used many of your card sets. But the one I select from most is Note to Self. I have used the cards in many ways, but these are my favourite two ways to use them:
1. I stick a different Note to Self card up in the staff toilets each week. The toilet, for a teacher, is sometimes the only place you get to sit for the whole day. The teachers really love having something to reflect on before going back into the craziness of the classrooms.
2. The other way I use the Note to Self cards is to read them to myself and think about who might need a particular card. I pass it to the person to reflect on for a day or a week (however long they think they need it), then they pass it on to someone else. By the end of the term I have most of the set of cards out and about around the school. Sometimes they make it to parents and sometimes they become prompts for a class discussion.
All of your card sets have been so wonderful to use with teachers, parents, students—and even the community—when speaking about my role. Thanks.’
Jess Henley, Pastoral Support Worker (SA)