3 Steps to Focus on Your Personal Success
Do you remember pulling an all-nighter? Staying up all night long, finishing projects or studying? Back in college, I remember pulling quite a few of those. And it always worked out, for the most part. I used to think that if I ever fell behind, it was okay because I could catch up so quickly and easily, by just giving up an evening of sleep. With very few consequences.
Then something changed. There was a moment in the middle of the night, or perhaps early morning is more accurate, when I realized I wasn’t going to make it.
You have that sinking feeling where you won’t get everything done. You are tired, and you won’t be able to catch up on sleep, so tomorrow is just going to be a drag at best. It was then, in my sleep deprived state, I realized that the adult life had caught up to me. It was completely unsustainable and irresponsible to think I could carry on in this way.
The Key to Becoming an Adult
The most fundamental lesson to becoming an adult is simple. Everyone is given the same amount of time. Some adults simply manage their time better than others. So, how exactly do you start managing your time better when there is so much going on in your life?
The Answer: Do a Life Audit
As an adult, it is so important to plan, prioritize, and learn to say no. Any slip of this balance and you are back to over-scheduled and overwhelmed. Without balance, life has a way of draining you of your time and energy, leaving you super busy without actually accomplishing very much. If you are feeling this way, a life audit is a great tool for you to use to get your life back into balance.
Grab these two worksheets. And let's get started!
How to do a Life Audit in 3 Steps
A life audit is an exercise in self-reflection that helps you remain focused on your larger goals through life's current distractions. Revisit or uncover the real themes and core values that drive and inspire you.
1. Start with the BIG picture: What is your "why"
- What is your big picture goal?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What are your aspirations?
- Write down your personal mission statement.
A personal mission statement provides clarity and gives you a sense of purpose. It defines who you are and how you will live. It is like your own personal slogan or motto. It can be just one or two sentences long. A good mission statement will include your skills, abilities, and personality. It is your values, your dreams, and your passions.
The personal mission statement is important because it keeps you on track. This is your "why" that will help you meet your long-term goals. Don't worry if is taking a lot of time or effort to create your personal mission statement. That is required for a well written personal mission statement.
My personal mission statement is to Live responsibly and learn from my mistakes. Live well and love - Live a Life Driven by My Curiosity.
2. Take a snapshot of your life and analyze:
- Create a master list of everything you have going on right now.
- What takes up the majority of your time? (jobs, relationships, social media, etc.)
- Look closely at every item on your list.
- Color-code every item. Red means stop. Yellow means slow down. Green means go!
- Analyze the items on your list with the 10 questions on page 2 of the worksheet.
- Eliminate the items that are not helping, are unnecessary, or can wait.
3. Focus on the items that made the cut:
- Make a new list of only green items.
- Prioritize these items.
- The list will be more manageable and streamlined now.
- Periodically take a look at your mission statement. Is this still what you want? It's ok to tweak it, and reevaluate the items.
You have to decide what is important to you. Then create your life around that focus. By following the 3 easy steps to doing a life audit, you are gaining clarity and focus. You are getting rid of any unclear outcomes or distractions. You set yourself up for success with a plan that will lead you down the right path to achieve your goals.