I’ve already discussed my Bucket List with you. Now, I want you to take a moment. Write down all the components of your life that are important to you. Some of them are important to you because you love them. Some are important because they are fun. Some are important because they help you achieve your goals (even if you don’t enjoy doing them). And some are important because they bring order to your life. Take a moment and write them all down.
I can tell you haven’t started yet. You are asking, “um, Mr. NYBudget, WHY am I doing this?” Ok, you have a fair point. Let me back up and tell you why I created my first Life List.
I was getting a little overwhelmed. I had a full time job, a full time girlfriend, hobbies, blogging, and I was starting to look into real estate, all while wanting to enjoy the city. I was so stressed out one day, that I decided I needed to create a list. Making “To Do” lists generally de-stresses me and making grocery lists makes the shopping experience easier for me as well, so I thought, hey, I’ll create a Life List. Maybe that will help my stress levels.
I wrote down all the pieces of my life that were important to me and that played a major role in the way I lived. Since then, I have tweaked it a bit, and today, it looks something like this:
Pretty simple, right? It took me about 5 minutes to create, total and once I was done, I printed it out and posted it on my bulletin board. Creating a Life List has been beneficial in a number of surprising ways:
- De-Stress – as I mentioned, just dumping all of the pieces of life that were jumbled in my mind felt great.
- Remember Areas of Your Life – I have started looking at this list every day and asking myself if I need to take action in each area on the list. It’s easy to forget about one area of your life for a while, but because of this list, my girlfriend gets more random flowers. I try to rally my band to jam together more often*. I remember to actually call my parents (I have been bad at this in the past). It’s easier to take small actions towards the areas of my life that are important.
- Perspective – I am working towards financial independence (having enough passive income through investments that I don’t need a job, whether or not I choose to have one). Many people who have reached financial independence and have chosen to quit their jobs find that they are bored and lost without the purpose a job brings. When I look at my Life List, I have no fear of having a similar fate if I choose to quit. My job is one, small piece of my life, of who I am and who I want to be. If I cut that piece out, my life would still be full. In fact, I would have even more time to focus even more on other areas.
So now do you see the benefits of a Life List? And how little time it takes to create one? So take 5 minutes and create your Life List now. Then post it where you will see it every day and let me know if it helps you in the ways it has helped me.
Am I missing anything from my Life List (I’m SURE I am)? What else would you add to yours that I may have overlooked?
*If you’re interested in checking out my band, I recently wrote a guest post about it over at BudgetsAreSexy.com.
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