Today I want to expand on the last two steps in creating a life aligned with you. If you haven’t seen the other videos in this series, I recommend watching them first. They're included at the end of this post.
To help me with this process, I created the Daily Intent Journal & Planner, which you can download for free by clicking here and entering your email address. It’s one month’s worth of pages that you can print as many times as you’d like.
The last two steps are adjusting and restructuring your life and checking in with yourself on a daily and monthly basis.
5.) Adjusting and Restructuring Your Life
Once you know your values, plan out what you want your life to look like based on those values, set some goals based on that, and then set routines that will help you meet those goals, you’ll probably be feeling pretty good and might even have some bigger changes you want to make.
For example, after I figured out what exactly I wanted to make of my life, I adjusted my situation by saving up and leaving my job teaching preschool. I soon found a more flexible position as a nanny, which continues to allow me more time, mental capacity, and a better health situation to work on my goals for my life while enjoying a job aligned with my values.
6.) Check in with Yourself on a Daily (and Monthly) Basis
On a daily basis, I think it’s really important to take even a few minutes for ourselves to work on our emotional state, get an idea of how we’re feeling and why, and to set intentions for the day.
Things that help me to check in with myself daily include meditation, journaling, and using the Daily Intent Journal & Planner daily pages to set intentions for the day and to map out how the day might look.
While I do like having a general idea of what I want to do or have to do that day, I don’t like to get too attached to the schedule part if I can help it. I don’t want to stress myself out. I think it’s important to be flexible and if something comes up that messes with my plan, I try to just go with the flow and I can always rearrange or reschedule things for another day.
Sometimes I even skip meditation and journaling for one reason or another. Probably at least once or twice a week. I try not to get worked up about it, and will mentally note my intentions for the day and come back to the book as soon as I can.
When we check in with ourselves often, we understand ourselves better. We can see what lifts us up, brings us down, how we meet goals most effectively, and what changes we want to make, etcetera.
On a monthly basis the Daily Intent Journal & Planner prompts us to reflect on the past month. You can see in the journal, when we end a month, we have some questions to answer that will help guide us into the next month.
You can see in the video how I answer these questions and how I use that information to set goals and intentions for the next month.
The next video in this series will focus on using the calendar, budget, and meal planning sheets.