Monthly Archives: January 2016

February’s New Hot Topic… Play!

In today’s hectic world all too often play is thought of as childish and indulgent but recent studies by Dr. Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, have revealed that play leads to greater light-heartedness, empathy, flexibility, adaptiveness, optimism, hope for the future and produces a sense of belonging. Play even promotes our being open to new ideas and increases our creativity.

 

So this February join me in rediscovering a life full of both wonder and play – a life where obstacles are successfully tackled with our newly enhanced skills of flexibility and adaptiveness. A life which promotes well being and ultimately leads to our relationships flourishing as a result of greater empathy, optimism and hope.

 

I can’t wait to embark on this journey with you all!

 

Wishing you all the joy and happiness you deserve,

 

x X x Jenny x X x

Romance Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for the romance life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement. And just in case you were wondering, this is designed for singletons too!

 

  1. Are you happy as an individual, by yourself?
  2. Is your self-esteem tied to the opposite sex? (Scoring: Completely = 1, Not at all = 10)
  3. Are you happy with the amount of romance in your life?
  4. Do you go on dates either if you’re single or within your relationship?
  5. Do you seek out new and exciting things to do in order to meet the opposite sex or to do with your partner?

 

If you are single score yourself between 1 and 20 for each of the first five questions above.  If you are in a relationship answer all ten questions and score yourself between 1 and 10 for each.

 

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Friends and Family Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for the friends and family life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

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Relaxation Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for the relaxation life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

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How to Avoid Living by Default and Design Your Ideal Life Part Four

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Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

 

Last week we looked at the areas of body and health, hobbies and interests and relaxation in our life audit. This week we explore the areas of family and friends and romance.

 

7) Family and Friends

 

Relationships are critical to our psychological and even physiological health. At the time of conducting my first life audit I hardly ever saw my friends and family. It was clear this area of my life needed a great deal of work. I scored a four out of ten.

 

Since becoming aware of how seldom I saw friends and family, I prioritized seeing them on a regular basis and the relationships in my life are now much stronger as a result.

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Hobbies and Interests Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for your hobbies and interests life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies? (Participating in team sports, photography, bird watching)
  2. Do you have any interests? (Science, psychology, reading fiction)
  3. Do you actively seek to try out new hobbies if you don’t have any? (Scoring: Already have hobbies = 10, Don’t have hobbies and don’t seek new ones out = 1, Don’t have hobbies and seek new ones out = 10)
  4. Do you actively seek to try out new interests if you don’t have any? (Scoring: Already have interests = 10, Don’t have interests and don’t seek new ones out = 1, Don’t have interests and seek new ones out = 10)
  5. Do you enjoy your hobbies without thinking about the outcome of the activity?
  6. Do you ever get frustrated by your hobbies or interests in terms of your progress? (Reverse scoring: All the time = 1, Never = 10)
  7. Do your hobbies get you in an immersive state?
  8. Do your interests get you in an immersive state?
  9. How fun are your hobbies to you?
  10. How fun are your interests to you?

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

 

Do you have many hobbies and interests?

 

Are your hobbies and interests fun and enjoyable, immersive even?

 

If the answer to either of these questions is no you may want to look at browsing www.tasterlab.com which has a huge selection of hobbies and interests that even the most selective of us would love.

 

Do you have too many hobbies? Would you like to develop more interests? Are you frustrated that you never seem to have enough time to pursue your hobbies and interests (see time and productivity questionnaire posted Tuesday 19th January).. Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

Body and Health Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for your body and health life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

  1. Do you do any form of exercise?
  2. If you don’t like exercise have you taken time to find a form of exercise that you enjoy?
  3. Do you exercise a minimum of two to three times a week?
  4. Do you have a good body image regardless of your weight? (I got a good body image by remembering my looks was the least important thing about me)
  5. Do you eat your five fruit and vegetable servings each day and drink plenty of water?
  6. Do you have a set number of calories you try to stick to each day and do you usually stick within your allowance? (Scoring: No = 1, Yes = 5, Yes and always stick to it = 10)
  7. Do you exercise more if you go out for junk food?
  8. Do you have a skincare regime?
  9. Do you ever treat yourself to face masks, massages or hair treatments?
  10. Do you feel your health and body could be improved upon? (Reverse scoring: Not at all = 10, Yes completely = 1)

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

Could you eat healthier?

 

Could you exercise more?

 

Could you be more disciplined with your skincare regime, nails and hair treatments?

 

If the answer to any of these questions is yes you may want to consider finding what type of exercise suits you best, what fruit and vegetables you most enjoy and / or putting an alarm in your phone to remind you of your skin, hair and nail beauty treatments.

 

If you would like to read a more in depth article on body and health please read my article titled ‘New Year, New You – How to Exercise Your Way to Well Being’ which examines the different types of exercise people find enjoyable and top tips to maintain a healthy diet.

 

Do you consider yourself to be healthy? Do you have any health or beauty hacks of your own which make light work of sometimes mundane tasks? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Time and Productivity Questionnaire

 

 

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for the time and productivity life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

  1. Do you use a diary?
  2. Do you set out your weekly schedule in advance?
  3. Do you frequently get at least 80% of what you plan to do on any given day done?
  4. Do you schedule in time for admin and budgeting?
  5. Do you schedule time for friends and family?
  6. Do you schedule time for relaxation?
  7. Do you schedule time for hobbies and interests?
  8. Do you schedule time for exercise?
  9. Do you spend your free time partly improving yourself by reading, doing courses etc?
  10. Do you spend idle time (in queues or public transport, for example) being productive? (e.g. I read my bible app)

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

Do you strategically plan how you are going to spend your time?

 

Do you feel productive most days?

 

Do you have a good work / life balance which is maintained by scheduling in time for fun and relaxation?

 

If you answered no to any of these questions or the questionnaire questions  made you realize that the way you spent your time wasn’t balanced I would strongly advise you buy a diary and schedule your time more strategically.

 

If you would like to look at time management and productivity in more depth please read my article titled ‘Personal Productivity – How to Achieve in Record-Breaking Time’.

 

Do you own a diary? Do you plan out how you are going to spend your time during any given day? How organized would you say you are? If you don’t consider yourself organized how does this effect you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

How to Avoid Living by Default and Design Your Ideal Life Part Three

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Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

 

Last week we explored the areas of work, finances and time and productivity in our life audit. This week we look at body and health, hobbies and interests and relaxation.

 

4) Body and Health

 

One of the first things I did was to accept that I was not happy with my weight or health. I scored myself at a three out of ten in this area.

 

After brainstorming different ways to improve my health I went on a detox and gave up drinking. For my body I decided to eat healthier and went to a dieting club and lost weight.  As my health became more important to me I started running and created a goal to complete a 5k charity race which I ran this past year.

 

For more on creating meaningful goals following your life audit, I strongly recommend reading ‘How to turn your dreams into reality’ and, should you wish to look at diet and exercise in more depth, read ‘New Year, New Life – How to Exercise Your Way to Well Being’.

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Two Year Budget Template

Hi All,

 

Just so you have all the tools you need to make 2016 the year you get control over your finances, helping you to effectively design the life you long for, I have designed a two year budget, including all the formulas you’ll need so that it will automatically calculate your savings in a spreadsheet format. This will help you to complete the process of your financial audit.

 

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Happy budgeting everyone!

 

Wishing you a prosperous year,

 

x X x Jenny Leigh x X x

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