Skip to content

Understanding your values

Before getting into understanding your values, let’s briefly stop and think about what values are, and why they matter to us!

What are values and why do they matter?

Values are those standards, behaviours, principles, morals, even situations that you deem to be really, really important to you. They summarise how you would like to experience the world you live in. When your values are impinged or trodden on, you know it – generally, it hurts like hell.

View all articles 
Understanding your values | Notebook Love

Pinpointing what you value isn’t always straight-forward!

Read related articles 

Here are some examples of what you might value – it’s certainly far from being an exhaustive list, because of course, we are all a little bit different and have different life experiences.

You might value:

- Honesty, integrity, straight-forwardness, caring, trust, fairness or respect.

- Financial or job security, decision authority, independence, flexibility, or being expert.

- Staying fit, friendships, family, social relationships, networking or an easy life!

The point is, values exist in many forms and working out what feels right for you might take some deep thinking and reflection.

You might be tempted when asked about your values, to generate a long list of requirements! It’s certainly easy to think that lots of things are really super important to how you like to live – when in reality there are probably just a handful of really, really core things that matter most!

Get prioritising!

Your first task is to list out ALL the things you think you value – no matter how small, big or significant you think they might be. Spend some quality time thinking about this before you put pen to paper.

When you’ve got your list, one way of working out what you value is to use a categorisation method. This could be as simple as working out what’s Most Important, Important, Of Some Importance, Less Important and Of Little Importance.

Your categorisation method is down to you, but we quite like this nice and simple one! And remember, when a value is trodden on (at work, at home, socially etc.) it generally feels painful. That’s another good way of understanding what matters most!

How does knowing your values help?

Knowing what you value will help you with many important decisions in your life. For example, your values will give you some indication of the type of work you might like – and the work environment itself. It will help you understand why some people (who have values similar to your own) are easier to get on with. When you’re not getting on with someone, could it be that you value different things? It will help you work on and improve relationships and get them back on track if you feel your values are not being appreciated.

Don’t be alarmed if, at first, it’s difficult to pinpoint what’s most important. Mull things over in your head. Talk to friends and family. When you do work it through, your answers will feel intuitively right.

Elisa
Nardi

Written by Elisa Nardi, Founder & CEO of Notebook Mentor, career journals to help ordinary people manage, develop, and be happier at work. 

Learn more about Notebook Mentor

Be our next
partner writer.

Get in touch

Discover our blog partners

Choose your notebook by Elisa Nardi

Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Becoming a 1st-time manager Notebook Mentor 913389024 Notebook Love

A5 New Manager Career Journal

£19.95
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – The 1st 90 days in my new job Notebook Mentor 913389017 Notebook Love

A5 New Job Career Journal

£19.95
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Dealing with work and serious illness Notebook Mentor 913389055 Notebook Love

A5 Illness at Work Career Journal

£19.95
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love
Notebook Mentor A5 Career Journal – Not getting on with someone at work Notebook Mentor 913389048 Notebook Love

A5 Conflict at Work Career Journal

£19.95

Newsletter Sign Up

★ Customer Reviews

What our customers say...

122 reviews
94%
(115)
2%
(2)
2%
(2)
0%
(0)
2%
(3)
Loving my 'Terrific Ideas Border Terrier Notebook'

This notebook is not only a gorgeous design, the quality of the notebook is excellent too. It arrived promptly, beautifully packaged, and in perfect condition (well protected / padded to avoid any damage in transit). It's a perfect gift for anyone who loves notebooks, or dogs!

Great Notebooks

I normally use Moleskine but gave these a try. Very nice, quality notebook with tear out pages as well which really helps.

Beautifully drawn illustartions

I love this .I bought it for a friend as a stocking filler but kept it for myself as the illustration was so beautifully drawn. I did have an issue over delivery because of problems with the post that everyone had over the Christmas period but this was resolved successfully thanks to the Notebook Love team

Gorgeous illustrations

I love these memo pads. The illustrations are gorgeous and I'm so happy to have found something unique on the Notebook Love website that I wouldn't have otherwise come across. I bought one for me and one for my cat loving friend

beautiful notebook

It will be a joy to write in this lovely book