Frequently Asked Questions
The Personal Sensemaking Workshop is a fit for anyone.
But here are some common scenarios that demand sensemaking skills and would highly benefit from the workshop:
- I am going through a major life transition, career change, quarter or mid-life crisis, and feel a need to get clear on the big picture of my life so I can move forward.
- I am experiencing challenging thoughts and feelings that are constantly bothering me, distracting me, and interfering with my ability to find peace or rest, and I want to resolve them.
- I want to optimize my mind to make better decisions, improve my problem-solving skills, and have better foresight.
- I have been going to therapy or working with a coach, but want a way to reach the insights and answers I need on my own, and be free to do as much or as little work as I need, when I need to do it.
- I have an ongoing meditation or spiritual practice, and want a way to do psychological work that can be tailored and deeply integrated with my practice.
- I have been seeking out transformational experiences to change my life, but am struggling to integrate those experiences into real, lasting changes in my life.
- I want to become a strong leader, a role model, or a better person in general, and want a straightforward way to do the self-work required to get there.
- My life feels fractured and disconnected, and I want to integrate it all.
- I know my life needs to change but I’ve been struggling to make changes or don’t know how.
- I am unsatisfied with my career and am struggling to find my life’s true work.
- I am mid-life or beyond and want a way to soberly take stock of the first half of life to digest it and move on from the life I was given to becoming an artist of my life.
- I am struggling to make sense of things in life and don’t want to have to get help from someone else, or I can’t afford to.
- I am aware the world has changed and will keep changing, and I am struggling to navigate my life and career in this context.
- I am a young person who is struggling to navigate my future and I don’t know what to do with my life.
- I am managing, running, leading, or facilitating a group of people and we are struggling to make sense of and solve shared problems.
What kinds of things can I make sense of?
You can work on just about anything you can think of. They can be small things, big things, things in your personal life, or things happening in the world.
Some examples are:
- Navigating Challenging Life Circumstances
- Dealing with Painful Emotional States
- Getting Over The Past
- Making Difficult Life Decisions
- Resolving Things that are Bothering You or Feel Unresolved in Your Life
- Working On Things That Are Holding You Back
- Working on Relationships
- Increasing What You Want and Decreasing What You Don't Want in Your Life
- Making Difficult Behavior Changes
- Getting Through Quarter-Life or Mid-Life Crises
- Integrating Your Identities and Who You Are
- Seeking Meaning and Purpose in Life
How long will it take me to make sense of something?
Sometimes Inqwire users make sense of something within just a few minutes of using Inqwire. Other times it takes many separate sessions.
No matter how long it takes, Inqwire users report reaching insights and increasing their understanding throughout the sensemaking process.
The sensemaking assistants are there to help with the sensemaking tools, sensemaking concepts, and your sensemaking process. They are there to help you be successful with learning and applying the essential skills of sensemaking.
You will be able to access sensemaking assistants through the online sensemaker community space where there are channels available to get support from sensemaking assistants. And, you will be able to chat with your coach directly and schedule 1-on-1 calls.
The sensemaking assistants are not there to give you specific advice about your life, they will only advise on how best to use the sensemaking tools or conduct your sensemaking process. You're the only expert on your life, the sensemaking assistants are there to support you in engaging your own native sensemaking abilities to use that expertise.
As an additional note, your best teacher with sensemaking comes from direct experience with the process and the tools. Time talking with the sensemaking assistants is not necessarily more valuable than time learning from experience. A goal of this workshop is to make you self-reliant in sensemaking. You should take full advantage of the sensemaking assistants so long as you are not sacrificing confidence that you can rely on yourself through the entire sensemaking process.
Sensemaking is just like any other skill, it just takes practice to master.
If by the end of the workshop period you feel as though you still need help with the core sensemaking skills, you don't have to worry, you can continue using the software and continue to get help from sensemaking sensemaking assistants along your sensemaking journey.