We have incorporated the use of a clock for finding direction while learning katas and techniques. The direction you are facing when you begin the technique or movement is 12:00. That direction will remain 12:00 until the technique or movement is complete.
EXAMPLE: If you are facing 12:00, then you are told to step with your left foot to 9:00, then you would step straight to the left of you.
Print out a clock picture and lay it on the floor in front of you to help you during training.