• Simon Birdsey

How to use Jossed

Updated: Jun 28, 2019

From making the most of the season to planning your career, there are an endless number of ways that you can tailor the board to suit your needs.

Jossed first came about as a game that I played with a friend because I was suffering with severe anxiety and I felt that I was missing out on all the things that can be taken for granted over the summer, such as holidays and going to music festivals.

I thought about things that I was able to do: swim in an outdoor pool, make an Ibiza playlist, have a bbq, learn to make a virgin cocktail, find a summer read, watch Wimbledon with strawberries and cream..and pretty quickly I felt more confident and connected to the world.

It's definitely helped me to appreciate that there are always things that I can do, even when I'm not feeling on top form, and that balance is really important.

I find it really interesting that other people approach the board in their own individual way.

I know someone who has moved into a house that needed some work and Jossed has encouraged them to have a painting party to tick a social box, learn how to undertake various DIY tasks (achievement), create a vegetable plot (environment) and make cakes to give as gifts to their new neighbours (contribute).

Another person has used it to make a start on their bucket list and has enjoyed a holiday of a lifetime to New Zealand. And someone else divides the board into quarters, one for each season. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Do what suits you.

Recently I decided to have a self-care themed board and, rather than giving myself physical challenges, I adopted a daily skincare routine, tried taking a vitamin C supplement, worked through all the exercises for the Power plate in the gym and tried to make sure that I only eat in a 12 hour window.

There are some rules that are worth following though:

  • Make sure that you give yourself a deadline. If you leave it open-ended, you'll be much less incentivised to make progress.

  • Make your targets SMART (Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic and Time-bound). If you put something general such as 'run more', how will you know if you've achieved it?

  • Give yourself credit for the things that you're doing already, especially on your first board.

  • Don't use an activity for multiple boxes. If you volunteer in a community garden it could count as contribute, environment, social or physical but only one of them.

  • If you're struggling to finish it, make it simpler. Break the activity down into smaller steps or give yourself an extension.

There is no right or wrong way to do it. Do what suits you.


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