Life Story

Timeline of Your Life

Why & How to Create Your Personal Timeline

3 reasons why to create a personal timeline:
  1. A timeline provides an overall visual of your life.
  2. While adding events to your timeline, it may help you recall additional events, experiences, and stories.
  3. It can become a useful reference for recording events and memories of your life.
What you’ll need:

You only need a paper (Either a large piece of paper, or multiple papers) and pencil to get started. I have a FREE download link below for a timeline you can print, if you would like to use that. 

How to Create your personal timeline:
  1. Create a key that works for you. This is the key I came up with (it’s included on the FREE download)- feel free to use it:Key for Timeline
  2. Draw your timeline, beginning at your birth (or possibly before your birth, if you’d like to include parents marriage, or possibly an older sibling or siblings). Try to work your way up through your childhood to your current life, while leaving space for memories you might recall later. I have included some examples below using the download (the events are all fictional on these timelines):timeline example Timeline of Your Life Printable

Did you recall any forgotten stories? Places? Friends? Events? Past Challenges?

Ideas of how you might use your timeline:
  1. Writing your timeline down may be enough for you to do for now. Look over it. Are there any additional events or experiences that come to mind?
  2. Ready for more? Select a few experiences and record them in your journal. As you write, think about the details of the experience. Also, consider your thoughts and feelings you had during the experience you’re writing about.
  3. Use the timeline to help you as you compile your life story or even smaller stories of select experiences.
  4. Tell your story. Share your life with your family and friends. Share what you feel comfortable sharing.

FREE Timeline Download:

The downloads are pictured above in the examples (minus the writing). There are two separate downloads, so you can select the orientation you prefer. Other than their page orientation, they are the same. The downloads are for personal use only. 

CLICK HERE for the vertical timeline. 

CLICK HERE for the horizontal timeline. 

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  • Mark Root

    I like your simple approach, but I can tell I will need lots of erasing and editing. WOuld you recommend a decent app or on-line version which I can easily edit?

    • Meagan Campbell

      For me, I use this more for brainstorming. It helps me get started, but it’s not as good for capturing every detail. I haven’t put this in an App, but I think if I did I would probably use Trello. I use Trello for other lists and plans because I like that it’s easy to edit and move items around.

  • Roberto Zambrana

    Hi Meagan

    I like your timeline idea. I had seen this before with more information, such as the positive and negative experiences that we have experienced in life on a scale of 1-10. On the right side of the timeline, you would rate that experience on a scale from 1-10. For instance, at a certain year in your life you got married, that of course would most likely be a 10. On the other hand, the departure of your baby might be a negative experience and you would rate it accordingly. As a believer myself, we know that they go to be with the Lord.
    The whole idea is to chart our lives experiences throughout our lives, both the seemingly positive and negative experiences on a scale from 1-10. So, what you’ll have after removing the details on the plotted dots is just dots. If you draw a line parrel from the center timeline from 1-10 on both sides, you’ll have musical notes. Now if you draw a line from one dot to another, both side of the timeline, you’ll have a work of art.
    In Ephesian 2:10 (passion translation) says that we are God’s poem, or workmanship. Help me do this, I’ve never tried it before. It was explained to me once. It’s a great tool as you explained it, but to add this feature would future bless people, to know that God is busy working out our future and destiny. God sees our life from start to finish and He love it 🙂 I can do this on a sheet of paper, but a program that might be available could make it easier.

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