Here’s a simple way to organize your life, identify and set goals, then work towards reaching them.
Often times, we find ourselves feeling unfulfilled in our lives because we are not doing what we really want to do but are instead doing a lot of things that are…convenient or more easily accessible than what we would rather do.
I think a lot of this is due to us not being taught to really take a look at, and take charge of, the areas of our lives that are important to us. If anything, we are taught to mainly focus on Work and Entertainment, and focusing primarily on those two areas is what leaves us feeling frustrated and unfulfilled because we are not actively and purposely pursuing achievements in the other areas of our lives.
I’ll explain how I’ve personally tackled this problem in my life.
First, I had to sit down and give thought to what was important to me, what areas of my life I wanted to be better in, the areas of my life I’ve been absent in but now wanted to enter and take charge of.
Once I compiled my list of areas/categories I prioritized them in level of importance, or should I say rather, i put them in an order that allowed the next one in line to be strengthened by the one that came before it. You’ll see what I mean.
Below is my actual list. The list that I’ve been working on/off of for the last five years or so.
This is my list, what works for me. The areas that I’m making a conscious effort to focus and work on. Your list most likely will be and probably should be different which is fine because your list is about your life not mine.
With my list organized and prioritized, I then asked myself what I wanted to accomplish in these areas that are important to me and WHY I want to accomplish them. In some areas it was one thing, in others, many, but the whole point was to have structure and direction.
After hashing out what I wanted to accomplish, I wrote plans to achieve those goals. Now, and for the past couple years, I revisit my list weekly to stay on track and make needed changes to my goals/plans as they arrive in life.
Through this, I can honestly say that I feel more fulfilled in my life because I’m more active in more areas of my life. I’ve been able to do a lot of things that I’ve really wanted to do with my time instead of whatever happened to pop up around that time.
Obviously, I can still be spontaneous with what I do, but this strategy allows me to have a strong foundation, structure, and direction with what I do, and most importantly, why I do it especially if I stray off track.