It’s that time of year again where I start to take into consideration all the things that I’ve achieved this year and all the things I didn’t get a chance to do. I do a mental life audit so I can prepare myself for next year.
A life audit is something I think everyone should do. No matter who we are, where we live and what we do, we always seem to be extremely busy people. We never really get the chance to just sit down and think about the year as a whole and start setting goals or lists for ourselves. We all feel broken sometimes, exhausted to the point of giving up. A life audit allows you to rest when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Here are my ways of conducting a life audit – you should too!
Clean your room
Your bedroom is your sanctuary. A place to rest and feel at peace. As cluttered as my room may be, I try my best to clean it regularly because a messy bedroom definitely interferes with my stress. When my makeup is all over my desk (which happens often) I feel like my brain is also all over the place. Once my space is clean, I’m able to breathe and relax.
Kick some goals
Mentally. If you’re like me, you probably have a huge list of ‘to-dos’ in your mind but you never get the chance to start or finish. When conducting a life audit, you should sit down and write a list of things that you wanted to do but never got around to it. Add it to your top priority for the coming year. Don’t feel pressured to write a hundred things. In fact, I’d rather you write 1 goal for next year and kick it’s ass! It’s always better to fully achieve that 1 goal rather than half-ass 100 goals. Get me?
I think every single human being on this planet has an issue with time management. Whether it’s work, school, social or family, we all seem to want more time to do things. But let’s be real, we only have 24 hours in a day. How many of those hours are spent sleeping? How many hours are spent bingeing on Netflix (I’m afraid to even calculate)? How many hours are spent with your loved ones? I think we all need to take a huge look at the way we spend time and evaluate it carefully. By all means, I don’t think you should stop watching your favourite shows and having a nap here or there. But if you have the energy (definitely have the time) to focus on something that helps achieve your goals, you should do that instead.
Health & fitness
For the past few months, I’ve been trying extremely hard to focus on my health and fitness. I know people don’t like talking about diet fads and fitness trends – that’s not why I’m here. However, if there’s 1 thing I think everyone needs to audit, it’s their lifestyle choices. If you are unhappy with the way you look or feel, there’s obviously an issue. However, that issue can be fixed and that’s where health and fitness come in. I am all for indulging on food because let’s be honest, I freaking love food. But there’s 1 word that I’ve learnt that has really changed my life; moderation. Do everything in moderation, even moderation itself. You don’t need to cut out chocolate or burgers for the rest of your life. You don’t need to work out 4 hours a day because you’ll probably pass out anyways! Do these things in moderation.
Q & A
Finally, ask yourself these questions and answer them. These are specifically made life audit questions that may help you set priorities and achieve your goals so you can be happier in 2018.
- What are my top 5 positive traits?
- What are my top 5 negative traits and how can I turn them into positives?
- How can I learn to love and support myself before others?
- Do I have good friends in my life that support me when I’m in a bad place and cheer me on when I’m in a good place?
- Do I spend enough time doing what I enjoy?
- Am I challenging myself to something new?
- Am I happy with my job/studies? Should I have chosen a different path?
- What are the top 3 fears I have in life? Am I able to challenge myself with these fears?
- Do I feel confident in myself? Physically, emotionally and mentally?
- What are my goals I’m hoping to achieve in the new year?
I encourage you all to conduct your own life audit – even a very brief one if you don’t have the time! It’s always a good idea to reflect on the year you’ve had and try to top it. Join me in auditing your life, setting your goals and let’s prepare for a kick ass 2018!