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March 25, 2010

Spring Clean Your Life!

Spring is in the air, lambs are in the fields and Easter’s just around the corner. It’s often around now that “us women” begin to feel the itch to sort through cupboards, give the house a really good clean and generally shed that winter feeling –and doesn’t it feel good? But when did you last spring clean your life?

Personal performance, or life coaches suggest that taking stock of “where you’re at” twice a year or so is really beneficial. Life’s so hectic, it’s hard to keep pace with the everyday tasks, far less clarify what it is we are wanting to achieve in the next 3 months, 6 months or beyond. Would you set off on a long car journey without knowing where you were going, without a map or Sat Nav or without an idea of how long it might take you to get there? – so why do it for that Most Important Journey – your life!

Where do you start? Generally a happy and fulfilled life is one in which the most important areas of your life are balanced and in harmony. Which parts of your life are priority areas for you? (eg. Relationship with partner/family/friends, work/career, finances, health/well being, time management, spirituality….). Take each one of your priority areas and ask yourself:-

  1. How much attention am I devoting to this area of my life on a scale of 0 (low) to 5 (high)?
  2. What would be the ideal level of attention for each life area? (Remember, balance is not about
    getting 5 in each area. Some areas need more attention and focus than others at any time. Choices and compromises are inevitable as your time and energy are not in unlimited supply!)
  3. Where are the gaps between your current life balance and your ideal life balance? Some areas may need more attention, others may be taking up more of your attention than you’d like.
  4. Now you’ve identified your priority areas that need attention it’s time to plan the action needed to work on regaining balance. Start with the neglected areas. What things do you need to start doing to regain balance? In the areas that currently sap your energy and time, what can you stop doing or reprioritise or delegate to someone else?
  5. Well done! You’ve just begun to take stock of where you are and where you want to be with your life.

  6. For each of those areas, ask yourself “If everything in that area of my life was perfect, what would be going on?”Set yourself a really specific, personal to you “end” goal. Write it in the present tense as if you are already achieving it (eg. I am….), state it positively and make it measurable and with a date (how can you hit a target you can’t see?)
  7. List your strengths to help you achieve your goal, the resources you can draw on, and also barriers which may get in the way.
  8. Finally, select a “1st journey goal” for each of your priority areas. A step along the way – if you are starting today, what could you do?
  9. List all the actions you need to take to lead you to your “1st journey goal” and set a realistic but challenging target date.

Now do it! Told you you’d feel good!

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