CMI Steps 2, 3, & 4

CMI Steps 2, 3, & 4

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CMI Step 2: Identifying Collective Activities

One spouse may have great computer skills and the other may have a good idea for product they want advertised via web.  One spouse may be interested in writing and wish to write children’s books; the other spouse may have artistic skills and can do the illustrations for the book. 

Most cases will take some brainstorming to find ways to identify collective activities when interests are different.  In addition to brainstorming, parsing can be useful in these cases. Parsing is a specific term that describes breaking a general concept into its parts. Once interests are developed into goals, those goals can be parsed into a list of activities. The goal may not have revealed an obvious opportunity for collective activity, but one or more or the activities from parsing may lend themselves to cooperative completion.

CMI Step 3: Scheduling Time to Report Progress

The next step involves scheduling time together to report on each other’s progress.  The couple would discuss a time that would be convenient for both of them and try to stick to that time as much as possible each week.  Every Thursday at six o’ clock for one hour is one example.  The couple may have to reschedule, but it is important to meet regularly. Meeting time is essential because it gives the couple time to share, evaluate, discuss, support, and praise. 

CMI Step 4: Product Development & Goal Achievement

Developing a product comes from finding something to work on together.  Like stated earlier it may take some brainstorming to come up with a product that both of you would enjoy working on.  Goals are usually set for the products during the meeting time.  With whatever time line you set consistency plays a big part.  Time is planned to work on the product at different intervals until the goal is achieved.