Audit Your Life

Working in quality assurance, audits are a regular part of my job. I am always thinking in terms of what is contractually required against what is being produced. I’m always looking out for discrepancies, as well as opportunities to improve processes.

I think the same principles can be applied to other areas of life.

Conduct a regular audit of who you spend time with, the places you hang out, and what you consume. Whether annually, quarterly, or monthly, consider how you are spending your limited time and energy.

Are your daily processes efficient, and are they contributing to your personal growth or stagnation?

A plant can only grow as large as it’s container. We have a tendency to limit ourselves and remain stuck in the familiar environment with the same familiar tendencies.

If you are not conscious of your habits, you will never know if something needs to be fixed.

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    1. I agree with Ally – auditing is neutral, and thus, not threatening. But we still have to subject ourselves to the audit to know where we stand. Great stuff, Erin!

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  1. Ah….my absolute favorite teaching and self-awareness activity…a combo of list-making and considering the amount of time spent on activities. It never fails to be a show-stopper. We just don’t realize how we’re frittering away precious time until we see it…and as you so lovingly suggest Erin, confront it. Great post! 🥰🥰🥰

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    1. Oh yes, Vicki! It’s one of my favorite activities, as well. It’s like being on a sailboat, testing the wind, and lifting the sails… the assessment and opportunity to change course is so empowering. 🥰

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  2. Erin, I think that’s a great reminder, to take stock every now and then and see what needs a change up! I especially like that you mention auditing “who you spend time with”. Details of that part of life may be some we overlook too often.

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    1. I remember being young and picking up one of my mother’s business of personal development books (maybe Zig Ziglar?) and reading that you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with, and that’s always stuck with my. Our environment can have a powerful influence, positive or negative. Thanks for reading, Deb!

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  3. I was asked to do the audit of my life before, I was a teenager then and the results of the audit were miserable. Now 20 years later I am just as disorganized and lacking clear direction. Do I need a mentor or a life couch? Probably. Can I find one? I honestly doubt it. Growth or stagnation are very good ideas in theory, because theoretically I am always growing. Always trying something new to no avail really. Right now I am promoting my art like crazy, it’s going fairly well so far. I am also doing a million other things as well. It’s a monkey mind problem, I would say, but is there a way to fix it? I think it’s a coping mechanism for a lot of us with similar mental health issues. I am not crying about it, it’s funny to say the least… One day I will write an autobiographical novel in which I want to make everyone laugh until they cry. That’s my lifelong ambition.

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  4. I love this! Went through a lot of audits a few years ago, and now it has become second nature to look at anything new and see if it passes those inner gates!

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