Life is a lot like a house. As time goes on and things get busy, one must stop and take stock. Inevitably, repairs, clean outs, and upgrades will be needed. A fresh coat of paint needs to be applied and you may choose to upgrade a few features. Our lives are the same. As time goes on and circumstances and seasons of life change, we can gain a lot by removing what isn’t working, upgrade our skills, and learn to enjoy more of the blessings we have been given. The subject of taking control of your life sounds a bit ominous which calls for the need for a softer title such as spring cleaning for life.
Here are a few highlights to aid you when your life needs a bit of airing out and reorganizing.
- Quantify your life in big headings: home, work, family, hobbies, and so on. Viewing your life from organized vantage points makes it possible to quickly review and compose a list of want and have to’s. The goal is to tune into the abundance life has to offer and easily identify areas that have fallen out of whack.
- Evaluate your larger life areas. Do you need to spend more time with your children? Are you putting enough focus on making healthy choices? Are you getting enough rest and downtime? Life can become full pretty quickly. Jot down some areas of concern so you can steadily work on improving them over time.
- Review your values and priorities. Values and priorities are the building blocks of our lives. Want to avoid disappointment and regret? Live according to your values and priorities. Your values and priorities will guide you towards how to structure your life – what to add, subtract, improve, and make time for.
- Identify time wasters. Before you go and cut enjoyable things out of your life, focus on balance. Everyone needs downtime in the form of television, hobbies, online games, and so on. We are busy people with a lot of responsibility. Having moments of carefree joy are important to mind and body restoration. However, if you have more downtime than productive time, there is room to find more of a balance.
- Say “no”. Life can become very busy as our responsibilities and age increases. In the grand scheme of our lives it is important to learn to say “no”. When your life feels full, don’t sign up for extra stuff!
- Exercise gratefulness. Gratefulness is the key to happiness, abundance, joy, and the feeling of control. If you think about it, gratefulness is one of the few things you can actually control in life. What a wonderful thing it is to have clean water on demand, a bed, home, clean clothes, and so on. The universe is excited to bless you. Bask in the wonder of all you already have.
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