My Discovery Companion is a combination journal and planner that is designed to be used while going through a transformation. The creators believe that we all have seven aspects of our lives: family, relationships, spirituality, health, career, finance, and personal. Users are asked to create short-term and long-term goals in each of those areas and track their progress.
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About the author:
My Discovery Companion was created by Love Yourself First, a UK based company. Its designer began working on it during her own personal crisis and pulled together the tools that helped her through a difficult time. You can learn more at their website.
What we love:
My Discovery Companion is an excellent supplement to therapy. Speaking to your counselor or seeing a therapist are often suggested as steps towards reaching goals. There is even a section devoted to getting the most out of your therapy sessions. Clients can make notes about their key takeaways from each session plus any homework you assign.
I really liked the goal tracking spaces through out the book. You can write out your goals for each month and chart your progress in the monthly habit tracker. Another positive was the focus on long term goals that was missing in several of the planners. Users think through where they want to be in 10 years so that they can make sure they are headed in the right direction. I think this is especially important for people who are crossroads in their lives and need to make sure they are working towards the life that aligns with their values.
My Discovery Companion is an excellent supplement to therapy.
What we didn’t:
My biggest complaint with My Discovery Companion is the amount of space given for planning. There isn’t enough room to write very much. That’s especially true on the weekly plan pages. I need a larger area to write out the details. The monthly calendar was also tight but there were lines below it to list important dates so that’s something I could get used to.
My other concern with this planner was that they ask users to make goals in all 7 aspects of life. I think that can be overwhelming, especially for people who are already struggling. I would want to be clear with clients that they can pick the main areas in their lives that they want to address and stick to those, with the knowledge that the next month might be focused on a different aspect.
I think My Discovery Companion can be an excellent supplement to therapy, especially if you do behavioral work or are focusing on goals. I love the idea of having clients take notes of their sessions as well as the ability to create and track monthly action goals.
This post is part of a series of planner reviews. You can find a recap of all the planners we checked out here.
Many therapists enjoy recommending books to their clients to supplement the work they are doing together. We also use books to help ourselves grow as people and practitioners. Remember though that books are never a replacement for real human connection or for therapy when it’s needed. If you find yourself needing a therapist, a great place to start is Psychology Today. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.