Life can feel a bit ug sometimes, and it’s easy to get lost in the daily grind and routine without realising that we might not be living the life we want. One way to reconnect to what you want is with a life audit. I know it sounds a bit daunting…
Simply it is a process of examining different aspects of your life with a view to thinking about how you want to step out of the void you are in and into what you want. A life audit can look at many different aspects with the aim of assessing whether your living in alignment with your values, passion, strengths, purpose and goals.
However, starting a life audit, like anything that asks you to be honest about where you find yourself, can feel overwhelming. I know how this feels as I have been testing my processes as I write a book called Second Act – When I Grow Up. And you know it’s done me the world of good to get down and dirty with what I really want.
The book accidentally evolved. I’d intended to write an ebook pulling my ideas and processes together, and a few weeks and some heavy editing later, I have 52,000 words. Very soon, I’ll get a copy of the proof book and cruelly edit some more.
In the meantime, though, I am also creating a plan and strategy for moving forward. But first I love to do a perfect day exercise. This has been something I have done regularly for years. I think it appeals to my creative writing side.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to one of my favourite visualisation techniques, the Perfect Day exercise. This is a powerful tool that can help you kick-start your life audit project and gain clarity on what you want your life to look like. And it is great fun!
What I love is that it is a massive life audit, just as it is. It fully engages your unconscious mind, asking it to open your imagination and heart to create a detailed blueprint of your life.
If you have never done this, give yourself permission to let your imagination go wild. Make it as far out, juicy and as wonderful as your wildest dreams. Getting fully involved in imagining and this exercise will open up your creativity, and you’ll be surprised at the things you will learn about yourself. You may want to burn the first one to release the energy and then settle in to do it again. I love releasing energy at a full moon and rewriting at a new moon.
In the context of a life audit, the perfect day is about creating a life you aspire to. However, I think it’s important and fun to bring all kinds of material things in and just let go. One of the keys to a perfect day is to write it as if it were already true.
When I write about my perfect day, I like to have meditated and journaled so that whatever needs to come out can. I call this a declutter and dump. After which, I am a clean slate and an open channel for what I need to express. This short meditation hopefully will set the scene for you. If not, Insight Timer is a great place to head.
I place my trust in what needs to be written rather than forcing it. This quote comes to mind as I consider my perfect day.
Visualisation is the canvas upon which we paint the picture of our perfect day, and with every stroke of the brush, we bring ourselves closer to making it a reality.
But the perfect day comes with a warning. With the best will in the world, these things don’t always come off because not everything we want is what we need. And, of course, stuff happens that takes us off course. However, by writing about your perfect day and allowing your imagination to play and be creative, you are opening up to opportunities that you may otherwise miss in your busy life.
Write about your perfect day. Write it as if it were already here. When you have written it, leave it for a day to reflect. It is important that you bring this activity alive and make your experience of your perfect day as rich as possible. Here is a small sample of questions that will kick-start your perfect day. Answer them and then write in my perfect day and write it like a story. I am always in an amazing house in the hills overlooking the sea. It is so real to me I can see every detail of it and feel what it’s like to live there. At this moment in time, I’d need a massive lottery win – but who knows…
Perfect day questions
- What time do you wake up, and how do you feel?
- Where are you, and what do your surroundings look like?
- Who are the people you interact with throughout the day, and how do those make you feel?
- What type of activities are you engaged in, and how do they align with your dreams, values, passions, purpose and vision?
- How do you take care of your physical, spiritual, emotional and mental health?
- What types of food and drink do you consume, and how do they nourish your mind, body and soul?
- What type of work are you doing, and how does it contribute to your overall purpose and fulfilment?
- What type of activities (relaxation or exercise do you engage in?
- How do you end your day, and what type of environment do you sleep in?
- How do you feel at the end of the day, and what are some key takeaways that you can apply to future perfect days?
What do you want to achieve?
When I do this monthly, my perfect day also lets me explore my goals and what I want to achieve for that month which helps me to focus on the actions I need to take. I make sure I check in with my heart, gut and head when it comes to planning out that action.
Download your perfect day exercise as a PDF.
Your action plan
Once you have your perfect day done, plant it. I like to put mine in a pot with crystals, but you might like to plant yours in the garden. Then after reflection, pick something that you want to work on and create a project. And yes, you have guessed it, write up an action plan with tasks, milestones, resources, celebrations and rewards. Do this in such a way that it resonates with your learning style.
What is the first thing that you are going to do? And the next and the next? What can you get done today that will make this a reality?
Remember that this needs to align with values, passion, purpose and vision.
Living a life aligned with our values, passion, purpose, and vision is like steering a ship towards the destination of our dreams, where every wave is a reminder of our commitment to ourselves and the journey we have chosen to embark on.
Ready to start your life audit?
If you’re considering starting a life audit project, you have to approach it with an open mind and heart. You need to be willing to explore different aspects of your life with honesty. No matter how much you feel resistance.
A life audit can be a transformative process. You’ll gain clarity on your goals, values, passions, purpose and vision. If done right, it will be challenging and uncomfortable at times. However, in my experience, you can expect a profound sense of self-awareness and empowerment.
To start your project, set aside time and space to reflect on different areas of your life. I recommend getting a journal just for this. Use the Perfect Day exercise to help you get clear on what you want your life to look like and identify areas that are out of alignment with your beliefs, values and goals.
You can expect to face some difficult questions and challenges, such as identifying behaviour patterns that no longer serve you (ouch) or confronting limiting beliefs that hold you back. I was quite fascinated by the beliefs that decided to show their face. Uncomfortable but enlightening. Time for a reframe, methinks…
Once you’ve completed your life audit, you can use the insights and learnings to create a delicious action plan for making changes and improvements.
This is where I recommend that you find a way of tracking goals and actions that resonates with how you like to get things done.
And the life audit, my friends, becomes a fascinating roadmap for living a more strategic and fun life.
So, if you’re ready to take the first step towards living your best life, connect with me and let’s start your life audit project today. Your future self will thank you for it.