A life audit is an exercise in self-reflection that helps you clear your mind. It will help you get a clear insight into what your life goals are and what you must do to achieve them. As we will all be spending a lot of time locked up in our houses this year, it is a great time to re-evaluate your life.
Everyone wants happiness without pain, but you cannot have a rainbow without a little rain. So, you have to work hard and struggle in order to achieve what you want in life.
It is very important to take note of all the (or, lack of) progress you’ve made on your goals and make the best plan of action for the future.
Here are a few steps to help you do a life audit:
Step 1: Celebrate your wins
Everyone has had wins at various points in life. Whether it is something as small as managing to get up early every day in the morning or something huge like getting into your dream school/college/company – celebrate.
Acknowledging a win helps improve your dedication. The sense of pride that accompanies a win, no matter how small, is very important.
Also, we all really need to appreciate ourselves once in a while. After all, you are your harshest critic. So, for once, just let it all go, and be happy. Celebrate your victories.
Step 2: Reflect on your dreams
Visualize your dream life. One where you have succeeded in doing everything you’ve sought out to do. Visualize every single detail of that life.
Now, take each different aspect of that life and write down exactly what it would look like (the best possible version of your life).
That life is your ambition. That is the life you’re going to be working towards. If your mind starts faltering at any point in time, go through this once again and remember what exactly you’re working for.
Step 3: Reflect on your life
Consider each and every aspect of your life – all the different categories.
Ask yourself: How happy am I with this aspect of my life?
Then rate these categories depending on your satisfaction. As in, how happy you are with that aspect of your life. For example, let us consider the category of physical health. Rate it on a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 (depending on your preference) with 1 being the lowest and 5 or 10 being the highest.
This will help you identify all the different aspects of your life you truly need to work on.
Step 4: Figure out what went wrong
Whether you’ve made progress on your goals or not, do not obsess over it. Do not overthink it. Do not ignore it either. Figure out the problem – the reason you couldn’t do it and find a solution to that problem. Instead of merely ignoring the issue, fix it.
For example, Your issue was not waking up early enough in the morning.
The reason? You went to sleep late.
The solution? You go to sleep early.
Going to sleep early does not mean you go and lie down in your bed with your phone. It means trying to sleep with no distractions. That also means no phones or books or laptops or anything else. If you want to wake up early with enough sleep, do not stay up at night.
Step 5: Think Lazy
I know this sounds weird, but hear me out. It is often the laziest people that come up with the simplest, easiest solutions to their problems.
Once you figure out the problem, think of the laziest way to solve it. This will ensure it is the best solution, simply because you will still be able to do everything you were doing earlier.
In other words, think smart. Not hard.
Otherwise, simply find ways to implement it in your daily routine, so as to not disrupt the other things already in it.
Step 6: Set Good Goals
Set goals in all the areas you need to work on and build an action plan for the same. Do make sure that all these goals are specific and feasible.
Assign key tasks to yourself that will help in the fulfillment of these goals. The goal is what you want to achieve. How you get there, is all up to you. But, devote time to setting good goals that will help you achieve your ambition and then set good tasks that will help you achieve your goal.
Step 7: Create a Time Frame
People tend to find more incentive to do things if they’re given a specific time frame. This will give yourself the pressure of a deadline to complete your tasks quicker.
An example of this working: Homework.
We all have experience with it, don’t we?
And without the time-frame, would we have actually bothered completing it?
Same principle here. Set yourself a deadline – I must achieve this by Monday, that by Saturday, and so on. Small deadlines. These will help you make sure you don’t stray.
It will also help if you have someone holding you accountable for the time-frame.
Step 8: Challenge Yourself
Getting your dream life and having a time-frame?
It seems to be enough motivation, doesn’t it?
Sometimes, getting to the point in your life where you’re satisfied takes a long time. Long enough, that you begin to question if it really is worth everything you’re doing.
In order to prevent yourself from ever falling into that trap, keep challenging yourself.
A challenge makes life interesting. It also keeps you occupied enough to prevent yourself from ever doubting.
Step 8: Goal-Setting Routine
Do not just revise your goals once every few months. Set up a routine to revise your goals once in three to four weeks or once a month.
After all, life is constantly changing, which means your goals can’t stay constant or they will be impossible. Goals that were once feasible may not remain so forever.
So, it is better to constantly revise your goals in order to make sure they’re up to date with your current life. You will have to take a day off to revisit your goals again and check your progress, but it is better to do that than to lose sight of what you’re doing.
Doing this also keeps track of your progress towards your goals. So, you can celebrate the progress you’ve made and focus on the areas which need to be improved.
Step 9: Consistency
One cannot hope to fulfill their goals without consistency. Work towards your goals with patience and consistency. Giving up in between and then starting randomly again with random pauses and breaks will never help you achieve what you want.
Once you have made all the necessary changes to your daily routine, follow it strictly for 21 consecutive days. Following it for 21 days will make sure you get used to the new routine and it won’t seem so tedious anymore. This is called the 21-day rule.
This will help maintain the consistency required in order to fulfill your goals.
Step 10: What are you waiting for?
Get started! There is no time like the present to begin!
It may be past the middle of a year, but it is never too late to get started!
No more procrastination!
We may be in the middle of a pandemic, but that does not mean our life is put on hold.
While I do understand the changes in many people’s lives, these changes do not give us an excuse to simply wait for the storm to pass.
Take charge of your life, today and re-align its path to lead towards your dreams.
All the Best!!