How happy are you with your life right now? Are you on the right path? Are your days productive? What about balance- is there enough in your life?
Performing a life audit can help you get clear on these questions.
A life audit is a personal reflection exercise that allows you to:
Check in on yourself
See how you're spending your time
Identify what's going well and what needs to change
Review the direction you are going in and
Evaluate your general satisfaction with life.
Here are 5 activities that will help you get started.
1. Reflective Questions
This exercise is one of the most popular activities out there, and that's because it's simple and it works.
Getting honest with yourself and putting some deep thought into answering reflective questions can lead to new insights about several aspects of your life.
Some questions include:
Do I like the person I've become?
Am I self-sufficient: do I have control over my life?
Am I fulfilling my greatest potential by utilizing my abilities and applying myself both physically and mentally?
Do I believe that life is good? Why or why not?
Is there passion in my life?
2. Make an Activity Log
First, make a list of everything that you do on a typical day.
Then, on a separate sheet of paper, make 4 columns:
Column A = Keep Doing
Column B = Increase
Column C = Reduce
Column D = Eliminate
Finally, go over the list you made in the first step and put each activity in the appropriate column.
Making a list of your daily actions will give you a better idea of how you spend your days and organizing these activities into the four columns will help you increase your productivity.
3. The Wheel of Life
This common life-coaching tool helps you rate your level of satisfaction in the 8 main areas of your life: Personal Growth, Relationships, Finances, Career, Fun & Recreation, Health, Spirituality, & Physical Environment.
The Wheel of Life is one of my personal favourite tools because it gives my clients a visual representation of how life is going for them. The bigger and more balanced the wheel, the better. The smaller and more wobbly the wheel- the more room for improvement.
4. Identify Your Energy Drainers and Your Energizers
First, make a list of all the people and things you commonly interact with.
Then, on a separate sheet of paper, make 2 columns:
Column A = Energy Drainers
Column B = Energizers
Then, go over the list you made and put the people and things that have a negative impact on your mood (aka your Energy Drainers) into Column A. Then put the put the people and things that have a positive impact on your mood (aka your Energizers) into Column B.
Finally, take a look at both columns and brainstorm ways that you can reduce your exposure to the items in Column A and increase your interactions with the things and people in Column B.
5. Speak with a Professional
Most people know that counselling is a helpful resource when dealing with mental health challenges, but what is less known is that speaking with a therapist or coach can significantly enhance your self-discovery and personal growth journey.
Here's why. While doing the above activities and writing your thoughts can be insightful, there is no substitute for speaking with another person. Yes, speaking with family and friends can be beneficial here. Still, I recommend seeking out a professional because they are specifically trained to encourage deep thinking, gently challenge you, and point out the things that typically go unnoticed.
If you're interested in counselling, I invite you to book a free call with me. It will be short, relaxed and obligation-free. During our call, we'll simply explore whether or not working with a professional would be helpful for you at this time.
You can do that by clicking here.
See you around,