Keep your ikigai chart to yourself or share it with everyone—with FigJam, the choice is yours.
Find your reason for living and working by investigating what you love and value, where you excel, how you can make money, and what the world needs from you.
Incite inspiration: Increase work ethic and motivation in everything you do.
Pave a clear path: Take a close look at what propels you forward—then take actions that align with your life goal and desires.
Pick up the pace: Work faster, smarter, and harder with a concrete purpose in mind.
Whether you fill out your ikigai diagrams together or share the finished products in a meeting, an interactive FigJam whiteboard is the place to do it. Use the Alignment Scale to sort your ideas, add stamps and emotes to show your excitement, and rearrange your diagram with just a few taps.
Look inward to answer the big questions. Then turn outward to other tools and templates that help you achieve your higher purpose.
While there’s some debate over its “true” form, the most commonly used ikigai diagram in Western culture is a Venn diagram-esque map of four interlocking circles.
Ikigai is a Japanese word that means “reason for living” or “sense of purpose.” This is the exact concept that an ikigai map can help you find.
By filling in the four circles of an ikigai template, you can slowly identify your true purpose in everyday life. The sections where two rings intersect are positive areas; the sections where three rings overlap are even better; and the center—where all four rings coincide—is the ultimate sweet spot.
The four circles of an ikigai diagram correspond to the four components of ikigai. Loosely translated, these are:
What you love – This is your passion in life—maybe traveling, fishing, or reading a good book.
What you’re good at – These are areas in which you excel—think problem-solving, cooking, or creative writing.
What you make money from – These are your marketable skills and qualities—perhaps graphic design, marketing, or fluency in a second language.
What the world needs – These are ideals that can make the world around you a better place—examples include respect, compassion, and balance.
Filling out an ikigai diagram is simple; thinking about what to write may take some more reflection.
Start with an ikigai template from FigJam, and add as many examples as possible under each individual circle. From there, work your way into the center. For example, where the “what you love” and “what you’re good at” circles meet, you’d put the passions that could lead you to success. Digging deeper, you’ll fill out the three-circle areas before finishing with the center.
Once you have your ideal in the middle, all that’s left to do is share your ikigai concept with the world.