Here I go again with another “How to”. I just love sharing what I learn. Especially if it’s useful, as this process I’m about to teach you.
This post is about How to do a life audit a.k.a How to get your life together and finally come up with a plan to go from Present Me to Future Me.
So, first things first:
What is a life audit?
This is a concept I learned from this Medium post.
A life audit is basically the process in which you study and analyze your current life and then your desires and aspirations.
Analyzing where you are and where you want to be allows you to ponder which steps you need to take to achieve your goals and live your dream life.
I was fascinated by this and just knew I needed to try it myself!
Why are life audits important?
If you don’t know where you’re going, how can you get where you want to be?
And if you don’t know where you’re standing, how do you know what you need to do to improve your life?
There’s always room for improvement. And, in my humble opinion, it’s fun to live life to the fullest, assessing our strengths and weaknesses and working towards the best version of ourselves and our best lives (no matter how cliché that sounds. I believe it’s true!)
Who can benefit from a life audit?
Everybody. At every stage of life.
You can always benefit from self-discovery and self-awareness because, in order to live life on your own terms and make the most out of it, you need to become the best at knowing yourself.
And, since we’re not static and we’re always changing, a life audit is beneficial at any stage, every month of the year.
How to do a life audit
Now, let’s get practical.
A life audit is by no means a technical process that needs to be followed carefully step by step.
What I’m about to explain here is what I did to asses my current life. But you do you and feel free to add or modify whatever steps you’d like. As long as the process does for you what it’s supposed to, you’ll be fine!
Instead of thinking about your responses to these questions, I highly recommend you take a journal and a pen and start writing down everything you think and feel while doing this.
Evaluate your current life
Start by evaluating how you feel with your life as it is now.
From 1-10, how satisfied are you with your average day? How do you feel about your closest relationships? Do you feel useful and fulfilled on a daily basis?
Write down how you feel right now about your life and how you feel in general.
Get raw and real. Don’t hide anything. Take it all out.
Nobody can do this for you. This is your life and if you want this to work, you need to be honest about everything.
Write down your wishes, desires, and goals
Now that you know where you’re standing, write down your deepest desires and wishes on individual little pieces of paper.
Ideally, you’ll want to write at least 100 wishes and goals.
This is because once you’ve reached 20 or 40 it’s when you’ll really start going deep into your soul. You’ll start discovering things you hadn’t acknowledged about yourself before and uncovering past dreams you hadn’t thought about in a long time.
Group your wishes by category
Once you’ve written +100 wishes on your little pieces of paper, start grouping them together into different categories such as:
- personal – everything related to personal growth, like “I want to stop yelling when I get angry”
- material wants – like “I want to own a motorcycle one day“
- experiences – like “I want to go bungee jumping” or “I want to go to Brazil“.
And so on until every single wish has its own category.
Group your wishes by time frame
Now, it’s time to set priorities!
Decide which wishes, dreams or goals need to be worked on right now and which can wait.
Make a to-do list to get there
Once you’ve decided which ones are the most urgent to you, brainstorm the steps you’ll need to take to get there.
Start small and with the basics, and then get more advanced.
Make a list of people who can help you
You’ll probably won’t be able to make it without at least a little help.
Plus, you’ll need to make a list of books you’ll need to read or courses you’ll need to attend.
Analyze what’s stopping you and how to overcome the obstacles
Now it’s time to grab that journal again and start going deep into your soul: What’s stopping you right now? What stopped you in the past?
Again, get real about this and don’t underestimate any reason.
Organize and place your wishes somewhere you can see them
This is not a set-and-forget type of thing.
You’ll need to place these wishes of yours somewhere you can see them constantly, if not every day.
One of the reasons why some people never make their wishes come true is because they literally forget about them.
They live day after day so caught up on ordinary activities and responsibilities, they forget about that thing they said years ago they wanted to accomplish.
Don’t let that happen to you.
Keep your wishes at sight and keep working towards them. You’ll get somewhere eventually!
This is a no brainer.
Writing down wishes won’t make them happen magically. You need to put in the work.
Don’t forget micro-actions and daily habits can make or break your life.
Take advantage of these little steps. By performing them regularly, you’ll get very far.
Read more: 75 bad habits that are screwing your life up