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A mini life audit

9 questions we all need to answer quarterly!
Blog 186 Life audit

There are many different types of audits that you can perform on your life. No doubt the obvious ones that spring to mind involve your finances, but there are various other ways you can audit yourself, whether by reviewing your relationships, your schedule, your career, your health … And if you’re committed to going all in, there’s the more holistic life audit: a fantastic opportunity to take a good hard look at yourself and all the different components that make you tick. It’s something we should all be doing on a regular basis – the alternative is that we chug along without any clear idea of what we want, why we want it and whether we’re on track to getting it.

We perform a life audit to create a picture of what is and isn’t working in our lives – to identify where we’re investing our time and energy, so we can determine whether we’re heading in a direction that aligns with what we value. It helps us determine what a plan might look like going forward. And when done regularly, it helps us to hold ourselves accountable to our goals.

The following nine questions will allow you to explore some of the critical aspects of your life – to help you evaluate what you’re doing and where you can improve or make changes. It doesn’t matter how you capture your thoughts – they can be written out in detail in a Word document or presented as a collage on poster paper. Just make sure you do it!

These questions can also serve as a great conversation starter for leaders working with team members that are wanting to grow. Some of the questions are personal, but when trust is high and people are willing to share their thoughts, they can produce some great insights and a collaborative approach can then be taken to explore ‘next steps’. You might also like to share the questions with your partner. If one or either of you is feeling a bit ‘stuck’ or ‘bored’, the answers to these questions might highlight where changes can be made. Ask yourself:

  1. What do I know I need to stop doing?
  2. What is working well in my life?
  3. What mess do I need to clean up?
  4. What do I need to start doing?
  5. How do I feel about my financial position?
  6. Am I having enough fun?
  7. Am I doing enough to look after the relationships that matter most to me?
  8. How do I feel about where I am in my career?
  9. Do I spend enough time on my personal growth?

We’re saying this a lot lately, but this is such an important time to take stock of where you’re at in life and where you want to go. As we emerge from the COVID cloud, we’re awakening to so many new opportunities and setting ourselves up for the years ahead. If you’re unsure what you want that to look like, a life audit can help you create your vision and launch you on your path to achieving it.

– The Coach Place Global

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