Life these days is chaotic. From the time we hop (or crawl, in some cases) out of bed to the time we thud back into it, we’re bombarded left and right by obligations from work and friends, social media, and mile-long to-do lists.
It’s… well, messy. So how do we solve this messy, disordered lifestyle we live these days?
By treating it as you would any mess: with a systematized deep-clean.
Are you ready to deep-clean your life?
When we’re pulled in so many different directions, we become more stressed while getting less done in each area. We begin to feel trapped and, just like a dirty house, we don’t know where to begin to make things right again.
Even if you have a particularly messy house (like ones found on Hoarders – yikes!), it’s not beyond repair if you start with the basics: removing trash, sanitizing it, and removing useless clutter.
The same goes for a messy life: if you start with the basics, then you’re already halfway there.
The clean-up checklist
I made this checklist to help you identify those basics that will give you your life back. It’s my personal belief that if all of these categories are in check, then you are set up to have a happy and balanced life.
How to use it
This checklist is meant to be something that is returned to frequently, at least every 90 days. Be extremely honest with yourself and if you’re not entirely sure if you meet it, don’t check it.
Work on improving small pieces at a time with extreme focus. After all, one of the biggest goals of this checklist is to help you simplify your life, not spread it even more thin over several projects requiring massive effort.
What it can do for you
Maybe it’s just because I’m obsessed with lists and organizing, but I find that having everything accounted for and written out makes the big picture of your life a lot clearer.
You can know in an instant where your life is and where you need to improve on the things that matter. You will instantly have the tools to be proactive about your life instead of reactive – the first step in creating the life that you want.
You’ll also have more mental and physical energy. You probably know first-hand just how draining it is to stress, be overwhelmed, and have racing thoughts. When you clean up your life and remove the source of those negative emotions, you’ll release that energy and that mental space so that you can use it for better things – joy, gratitude, and incredible health.
So see where you are right now. Count how many points out of each category you have. Which one lacks the most? That is your project for the next 90 days. Come back in 90 days and see what needs to be worked on then.
Imagine where you will be this time next year if you started working on this today!
Health and Fitness
- I am at a healthy BMI.
- I eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
- I exercise for at least 30 minutes daily.
- I sleep 7-8 hours daily.
- I drink 8 glasses of water daily.
Relationships, Friends, and Family
- I have a happy romantic situation.
- I have at least 1-3 close friends.
- I get along well with my coworkers.
- I have no toxic relationships in my life.
- I am kind to myself and love my body.
- I have recently told everyone of importance, in no uncertain terms, how special they are to me.
- I do not judge, gossip, or speak ill of anyone.
- I don’t owe anyone anything.
- There’s no bad feeling between me and my ex’s.
- I feel genuinely loved every single day – whether from a partner, friend, family member, pet, or volunteer group.
- I feel like I know my life’s purpose.
- I do work that is appreciated and has meaning.
- I know what causes I support and want to contribute towards.
- I feel meaning beyond my work or school environment.
- I take daily steps to get towards my dreams.
- My home looks the way I want it to and feels comfortable to me.
- My home is consistently clean and well-maintained.
- I live in the place of my choice.
- There is nothing I do not need in my house.
- I live within my means so that I am not overly pressured by finances.
Learning and Studies
- I learn something new every day.
- I speak more than one language.
- I am at the educational level that I desire.
- I make time to pursue the hobbies I like and perfect my craft.
- I read frequently.
- I make a time or financial contribution to something I care about at least once a month.
- I am generous.
- I save 10% of my after-tax income for charitable causes.
- I harbor no negative feelings towards those in need.
- I have a cause that I stand behind.
Mindset and Beliefs
- I don’t let fear or shame inhibit my dreams.
- I believe that my life and circumstances are completely under my control.
- I do not let my emotions run the show. (Learn how to do that here.)
- I regularly meditate, visualize, or otherwise set my mind up for success.
- I have a mindset of abundance and proactivity rather than one of scarcity and reactivity.
Travel, Fun and Adventure
- I regularly make attempts to expand my comfort zone through visiting new places or trying new activities.
- I travel at least once every two years as it suits my budget (travel doesn’t have to be expensive!)
- I don’t pass opportunities up because of fear.
- I take my allotted vacation days at work every year.
- My hobbies are rewarding and not wasteful of my time.
Work and Finances
- I do work that is as financially rewarding to me as it is personally rewarding.
- I make more than I spend.
- I have a plan to eliminate all debt.
- I have six months’ worth of income saved for a rainy day.
- I know what it takes to be financially independent and am there or have a plan to get there.
What do you need to work on?
So, there you have it. What parts of your life do you need to clean up? What areas are you strongest in? Be sure to tell me below!