Why and how to do a life audit ?

There are periods in your life during which you feel stuck, you don’t think that you have a balanced life or you’re feeling so close to be happy but there’s something missing. 

You want to take decisions but you don’t really know if it’s in link with your values or even if it’s the right direction to take. 

How could you make the best out of each decisions if you don’t know where you’re at in life? Or even if you don’t really knows what drives you? When I was in the middle of my quarter-life crisis, it was impossible to take decisions. One day, I decided one thing and the next day it was the opposite. At first, I started with the 10 questions to know myself better and the FREE Workbook. Then I did a Life Audit to know exactly where I was at in my life to take decisions and set my own goals. 

It may be time for you to step back and look at the overall picture of your life. 

For that, Life Audit could be a wonderful tool!

Do you need to do a life audit? 

Even if you think that your life is well balanced, you always need to improve something. I don’t want you to see bad things everywhere but if you’re at 2 fingers to be happy, it’s maybe time to do your Life Audit. Actually it’s really important for your growth plan and self awareness to know where you are at in your life. You may think that it’s not the right time to buy a house, or have kids, or maybe you think that it’s time to start your studies again. With this life audit, you will have a clear vision of all the aspects of your life. 

For those of you who are stuck in your life or going through a quarter-life crisis, you NEED to do a life audit. But before that, you need to see my blog post about 10 questions to know yourself better. If your want your life audit to be efficient, you need to make sure you know yourself and what you value in your life.

Why and how to do a life audit ?

How to do a life audit? 

1- Evaluate your overall life 

Before anything else, you need to evaluate your current life. Take 5 minutes to think about your life in general. 

How do you feel today? Do you feel useful and fulfilled in your life? From 1 to 10, how to do you feel right now? 

And be honest with yourself, this is for you and you only, nobody will read your notes. 

It’s not necessary to be overly specific at this stage. You will go deeper in the next stage.

2- Evaluate all the areas of your life one by one

As you know, you have different areas in your life. In the last question of my 10 questions blog post, I introduced these areas ; let’s dive go a little further this time. Today, I want you to go deeper in the questions to really feel the benefits of a life audit. 

One good exercise is to build your Wheel of Life. 

The Wheel of Life is a graph with all the aspects of your life and your score in each one from 1 to 10. Then you connect the dots to have a circle. 

The principle is to see if the wheel can turn or if there’s an aspect of your life which prevents this wheel from turning.

For example, here’s my wheel of life right now : 

In my example, you can see that my relationships, my love relationship and my self improvement areas are really good. Then my health, my spirituality/mindset and fun areas are only so so. Finally my career and financial situation aren’t good. So for now the wheel can’t turn, it’s not properly balanced. But I took the decision to quit my job in the next months to take a better paying job with less hours, so the financial situation, career and fun will be better. I will have more time to take care of my health and to develop my mindset. 

Finally, I took one decision that will change all of my wheel of life and it’s exactly what you can do with this exercise right now! 

It’s now your turn to evaluate all the aspects of your life. 

So take a notebook and draw a wheel of life. 

Then, for all the aspects, ask yourself all the written questions right after : 

Love : 

  • How would you evaluate your love relationship right now? 
  • Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? 
  • If yes, make a list of all the aspects that you love in your relationship and all the aspects that you don’t love. 
  • What do you think could be improved? Do you need to spend more time with your significant other? Do you need to go out more often to find your loved one? 
  • Then from 1 to 10, evaluate this area.

Relationships : 

  • How would you evaluate your relationships right now? With your friends? With your family? 
  • Do you spend time with your friends often? Do you call your family often? 
  • What are the relationships with your family? 
  • What do you think could be improved? 
  • Then from 1 to 10, evaluate this area.

Self improvement : 

  • How would you evaluate your self improvement right now? 
  • Do you have a personal growth plan? How intentional are you about your growth?
  • Do you spend enough time reading or listening to podcast, watching Ted Talk and so on to improve your self? 
  • What do you think could be improved? What aspect do you want to improve? (money management, time management, habits…)? 
  • Then from 1 to 10, evaluate this area.

Spirituality/mindset : 

  • How would you evaluate your mindset right now? 
  • Do you practice meditation? Do you feel grateful for what you have?
  • What do you think could be improved? 
  • Then from 1 to 10, evaluate this area.

Health : 

  • How would you evaluate your health right now? 
  • Do you have a healthy life? How often do you workout? Do you eat well? 
  • Did you do a medical check up in the last months or years? 
  • What do you think could be improved? 
  • Then from 1 to 10, evaluate this area.

Fun : 

  • Are you having fun?
  •  was the last time that you did something new? What was that?
  • What do you think could be improved? What do you want to do more often to have more fun? 
  • Then from 1 to 10, evaluate this area.

Career : 

  • How would you evaluate your career right now? 
  • Do you feel useful, fulfilled? Is your job related to your values? 
  • Are you happy to go to your job each day? Why is that? 
  • What do you think could be improved? Do you think you need to change your job? 
  • Then from 1 to 10, evaluate this area.

Financial situation : 

  • How would you evaluate your financial situation right now? 
  • How much in debt are you?
  • What is your financial situation at the end of the month? 
  • Do you feel that you could have a better paying job? 
  • What do you think could be improved? 
  • Then from 1 to 10, evaluate this area.

Now that you evaluate all the aspects of your life, complete your wheel of life and you will see which aspects you need to improve to turn the wheel. 

Maybe there are areas that you have to work on or areas that you’re too focused on.

3- Define your priorities and create a plan 

When you’ve finished your life audit, you will be able to know what area of your life is a priority. When I did my life audit one year ago, I knew that work was the number one priority because if nothing changed in this area I knew that nothing would change in the others. 

So what area is your priority right now? 

Ask yourself what is the problem in this area. For example, in your actual job, it’s maybe your team that isn’t good for you. Or maybe it’s what you do all day long. 

When you know what is the problem, it’s easier to have a plan to improve this area. 

For example, if you know that your relationship with your family isn’t good because you don’t spend enough time with them, begin to call them and ask them if they want to spend a weekend with you. 

Conclusion 

The key mindset to improve each and every aspect of your wheel of life is to be focused on your growth and not necessarily on goals. At the end of the day, some parameters aren’t up to you and what matters is that you do your part to make a change. Celebrate your growth, your efforts, and don’t be fixated on the result as some of them are directly linked to your surroundings.

Why and how to do a life audit ?

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