Everything in our lives needs a little bit of a review once in a while. Just like the employers review the efficiency and progress of employees annually, the way we spend our time doing certain things needs to be evaluated sometimes too. In this post, I’m going to be combining the way of auditing the time we spend with a tool called ‘a wheel of life’, because there’s no way I would be passing on the opportunity to encourage you to modify your life to be more balanced and built on the values that YOU pick.
So, let’s start with the time management auditing. It’s really simple by the principle – you will be taking note of everything yo do today – it’s important to remember that with this exercise to be as natural and spend your time as usual, so you can get a clear picture why some stuff does work in your life and some stuff doesn’t and how to change it in an easy and simple way.
I have prepared a little worksheet you can download over here:
How to fill it in:
- Print out as many of the sheets as you need.
- Take note of everything you are doing today and estimate the average time it usually takes (taking the note of how much it took today).
I recommend this exercise every few months.
It’s that easy! Now, to the actual analysis. You see, how our life plays out depends on how we spend our time every day. If you spend some time every day to nourish your mind – you will most likely have a healthy outlook on life and have an overall calm and put together life. Also, the benefit you will get from for example meditating or reflecting on the daily basis will improve your focus and will reduce the likeliness for you of engaging in negative thought patterns, which in the long run will help you achieve your goals exactly how you want it. Similarly, if you are spending a good chunk of time on regular basis to do something for your body – like taking a yoga class, walking 10000 steps or going for a run – your body will not only be in better shape, you will also feel more confident, you will nourish your body instead of just feeding it and it will help you getting further in life faster. Your rituals pretty much determine your success.
See, how your life will turn out DEPENDS on how you spend your days.
That’s why for you to get clearer on stuff that you want to every day and stuff that you don’t have to do at all – I would like to introduce to you another tool – Life Balance Wheel.
I prepared a worksheet for this part of the post too:
How to fill it in:
- Print out 2 copies.
- Fill in the categories as appropriate for you or just download one that I already filled in.
- Now rate your life in each category in the scale 1-10 and color in the appropriate amount of little sections on how much time you spend doing things connected with the section on the daily basis.
- Now that each area is colored in, grab a black pen and draw around the edge of the lines, so that the shading forms a circle. You can see an example on the photo. Notice, if your circle is balanced or is one or more areas a bit lacking?
- Now, in the second copy do pretty much the same, just color in according to you how you would like your life to look like. What values and sections are most important? How would you like your life to look like? Because remember – you get more of what you do on the daily basis. You reap what you saw.
Compare both of the worksheets… do you now have an approximate idea of how SHOULD your everyday rituals look like?
Now, would be the perfect moment to brainstorm on the tasks that you could do on the daily basis that aren’t too time-consuming, but will benefit you in the long run.
Things I do every day:
- Take at least 15 minutes to meditate;
- Do at least 20 minutes of yoga;
- Eat breakfast;
- Go outside;
- Write 1000 words;
- Drink appropriate amount of water every single day;
- Set intention for a day and raise my vibration;
- Do at least one nice thing for other person / loved one;
- Take Vitamins every day – Vitamin D in winter, other vitamins in the Summer;
- Do at least 2 self-care activities;
- Try to connect with someone I don’t live with at least once a day;
- Smile to the stranger on the street;
- Explore self-development practices like visualization, affirmations, and journaling;
- Reading a book (at least for few minutes);
- Listen to motivational podcasts while I work or in the commute;
- Writing down my long-term goals;
+ doing a bunch of things to grow my blog, social media and working on coaching people.
I definitely recommend to start slowly (with 2-5) and add a new ritual every week or two weeks – this way you will build the momentum and you won’t get burned out easily.
I also recommend doing this exercise every 1-2 months.
This post is the part of a big 28 days of productivity challenge. You can check it out and join the fun of getting days to better results here.
Thank you for reading this post. What everyday rituals do you cultivate? Do you have a routine in your life or do you do stuff more intuitively? Have you ever considered how much our daily routines impact the quality of life? Please don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you found this post helpful.