Before you can start taking action on your goals it helps if you can organize your life. It’s hard to think ahead when everything in your head is all jumbled up and you feel like your life is a chaotic mess. It’s hard to think about the future when you’re trying to get through today.
In my last post, I wrote about how we can work towards making our goals happen. A big focus of this blog is to learn how to make our goals happen. We all have those dreams and ideas we want to make happen but sometimes get stuck in the day to day overwhelm that we don’t ever get to take action on what we really want to do. Before you can start making those goals happen, it’s a good idea to organize your life. That way you have a clear focus on what you need to get done.
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A great way to take a look at your life as a whole is to use a Life Wheel. In this post, I will be using my version of a Life Wheel. You can download the PDF from the resource library. You can get access here. I like to take all the different major life areas and put it into sort of a pie chart or mind map. I’m a visual learner so it always helps to have a graphic or write things down so I can go back and look at it later.
These are the categories I’ve included on this Life Wheel. I think these would pertain to most people.
To do this you want to think about each area of your life. How do you feel like things are going at this moment? I like to do a brain dump and just write down anything that comes to mind for each area. You can use the second page of the PDF to do a brain dump.
Here is an example of what I might write when I do a brain dump about finances.
I feel unstable, I’m not keeping up with paying the bills on time, letting the bills be late, not keeping track of how much we are spending on frivolous things, eating out too much. Dealing with money makes me feel anxious. I need a job that pays more or I need to spend less.
Now do this for each area. It’s very cathartic to just get everything out of your head and on paper. That way you can start to get a clear picture of what you need to do.
Organize Major Areas Of Your Life
Now, what can you do to get more organized in each life area so you feel better prepared to take action? Simplify those tasks and write them in your wheel. You can take an overwhelming job and break it into manageable chunks. Break it down to one task at a time so it’s easier to follow through with.
What are some ways that you can feel more in control of the different areas of your life? Let’s go back to my financial example. Here is what I might write for some tasks I could do to get more organized.
- Use a budget to plan at the beginning of each month so I know where my money needs to go.
- try mint.com
- Call and see if I can get any of my monthly bills lowered. I’m already thinking of 3 companies I have been procrastinating on calling.
- Try to automate my finances as Ramit Sethi talks about in his best selling book I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
- Set up online bill pay through my bank so my bills are automatically paid out on my paydays.
- Separate my paycheck into different bank accounts so the money for bills isn’t mixed up with our spending money.
- We can go to an all-cash spending system. It’s hard to keep up with how much your spending when you just swipe a debit card, especially with two people using one account. When you have the cash in your hand you know exactly what you can spend.
You may not feel like every area needs work. If you feel pretty comfortable with how your work life is going or you feel really good about your relationships with your friends and family that’s ok. You may only have one or two areas of your life that are holding you back and that’s what you should focus on.
The Key To Getting Things Done
Now, this is the key: you have to take action on these tasks. I’ve mentioned this before, but this is a struggle for me and many people who read this blog, the taking action part. BUT, this is one step closer to helping us get to where we want to be.
So, it’s necessary that we commit to cleaning up the chaos going on around us. Even if you can only do one thing at a time or one task in each category per day you have to put in the work to get the results you want. That’s why we broke your tasks down into smaller chunks is so they would be easier to do.
Keep your life wheel somewhere that you can look at it each day so you know what you need to work on. Or put those tasks you are working towards in your planner for the day or your to-do list.
Putting It All Together
- Do a brain dump to clear your mind. Use the second page of the PDF to write down everything you are feeling about each category of your life. Don’t hold back- get it out of your head and onto the paper.
- For each area think about what you can do to get organized and break those down into individual, specific tasks. (Psst- it’s ok if you only need to work on one or two categories) Stay focused on what you feel is necessary for your life.
- Write those tasks in your life wheel. Download the PDF in our free resource library.
- Take action! This is the most important and hardest step. You have to actually do what you say you’re going to do. Commit to it and get it done!
Getting your life organized is the first step towards making your goals a reality! Clear your mind and focus on your goals. Put your effort towards making big things happen in your life and your effort will pay off.