Are you going about living your day as and when it comes without having an actual plan? Do you put off fires as and when they come, may it be in your personal, professional or social life? I totally get it because I have been there. There was a time when I dealt with all my problems in a reactive mode, not going to the core and doing the minimum expected.
It was soon that I got sick of life and decided to take control but I didn’t know where to start. The first thing I decided to do was take a hard look at all the areas of my life. I used the Level 10 Life planner for the longest time.
Recently I came up with a compact method for this. Level 10 life method was time consuming and with my hectic full-time job, I barely find time to breath. So, if you are looking for such a compact method, keep reading.
What is a Life Audit?
Taking different areas of life, checking its health and finding the core reasons and taking required action is the complete idea of a life audit. Literally auditing your life on some predefined parameters which are important to you is what life auditing is all about.
Why do you need a Life Audit?
If you are wondering why should you go for a life audit in the first place, here are some key points of importance –
- You understand your life scenario as a whole.
- You get an idea of what area of life affects the other.
- You get a clear picture of how to set goals for yourself and what habits to adopt.
- You understand yourself better and avoid self-blaming and be a realist.
I hope you are hooked up on this idea just as much as I am. If not, read this post, grab this workbook and do it once and I assure you that you will make this a ritual. I do a life audit once every quarter and I feel so much more focused in life. So, shall we do this already?
How to do a Life Audit?
The life audit process is super fun to do but brings in so much value in your life. First things first! I have chosen 4 areas of life that pretty much sum up all the life activities. These four areas are –
- Physical Health
- Mental Health
- Social Health
- Professional Health
We will be evaluating all these areas on some important parameters to look at our life situation. If you want to follow along, grab this life audit workbook and let’s get started.
In this area of life, we will focus on the health of the body. This body is the only thing we have for a lifetime – no refund, no return and no replacement. So, we might as well take extra special care of it and make sure it is in a healthy state.
Now when I talk about physical health, I am considering a holistic view. Being disease free and having a 0 figure are not the parameters we are going to look at. Every person’s body behaves differently because of genetics, environment and thousand other factors.
I want you to set your own standards and rate yourself on those. Now look, some people can never get to a 0 figure because of some genetic issues or some people have diabetes which has come to them from their parents. So for such people, having these situations under control is the goal.
The 5 physical health parameters you should rate yourself on are
- Immunity to diseases (Control over existing ones)
- Body parts (eyesight, dental, skin condition, etc.)
- Energy levels
If you don’t have your mental health on point, nothing else matters. I am not asking you to check yourself for depression, anxiety or any other serious mental illnesses (which if you have, should get professional help and remember that it will pass). I am talking about checking if you are in the right mindset.
Okay maybe I need to get clearer on this. There are various aspects of mind health that you would need to consider such as overthinking, overwhelm, negative thinking, self-loathing and all such similar stuff.
I have some issues with anxiety showing up in certain durations of my life. This January, I was feeling anxious daily which was not normal. I confronted this issue during my life audit and decided to work on it. I did a 7 days meditation for anxiety on calm and some journaling and in a few days, I was back to my normal anxiety level!
The 5 parameters to consider in this area are
- No Overthinking (if you do, it can cause anxiety)
- Expressing (lack of it leads to depression)
- Positive thinking
- Self Esteem
Rate yourself on these factors and understand what are your pain points. A life audit will help you find your issues and help you deal with them.
You must be wondering what the heck is social health. Well, it shows how you incorporate society (friends, family or network) in your life. We are social animals and without a healthy social life, you might not be able to live a high vibe life.
It is funny that I am saying all these things considering that I am an introvert. I am a “Friday nights with my book and coffee” kind of introvert and I love that in myself. But recently, I have come to realize that you need to maintain social bonds if you want to get anywhere in life.
So I like to evaluate social health on these 5 terms –
- Cause (charity)
I usually do well with friends, family, partner and cause front. What I lack is the network and so many people can give their affirmation on this. I know I need to make connections for mutual benefit, but I really struggle with that but I am on it! Find out where your struggle, and make an action plan.
Here lies a lot of good stuff folks! We are going to be talking about your work, passion and finances. Professional health is basically auditing your job or business or anything that brings out your individual sense of achievement.
I have a full-time job and want to start my own business in the future but I don’t think either one is better than the other. The basic metrics that I use to audit this area are –
- Income (because you gotta fulfil your dreams)
- Satisfaction / passion
- Work – life balance (which is super low for me)
- Growth opportunity
I know some factors are going to have high scores and some are going to suck. But you should decide if you are going to trade one for the other. For example, I have a good income, high job satisfaction, immense growth opportunity and moderate security. Well, I am trading work life balance for these things because I feel my 20’s are the years of hustle and I am managing the mandatory life essentials.
This is how my life audit process looks like which can be yours if you download this free workbook!
What after a life Audit?
Okay, you have done a life audit, got your results and now what? Well, here is what I do –
- Do a thorough Life Audit.
- Write down my vision / goals in life and see if I am on track.
- Make an action plan to turn my weaknesses into my strengths.
I keep my life audit workbook printed and in digital format on my desk because I use it in various other things. I use a life audit to set my intentions, deal with my life when I am feeling lost and many other such times. If you have your life audit in place, consider reading