I also want to thank you for always showing up, no matter how busy your own lives get. You make me want to be better; do better. Which is what inspired this post.
And to my new visitors who came through as part of the challenge, thank you for visiting my blog, Storypot. I hope you enjoy your stay here.. and we can make you want to come back:-) And thanks Gaynor for inviting me to participate in the challenge.
For the past couple of months, I've been doing an assessment of my life and career. I wanted to see where I was doing things right, and could pat myself on the back for the success, LOL, and what I was doing wrong, so I could work towards improving.
I also wanted to use the information I gathered to better plan my days, so I could set realistic goals and do what I need to do with minimum stress. I decided to divide my assessment into separate life categories to try to make it all make sense:
|Pumpkin, watermelon, squash & cucumber run wild in backgarden
So here are some of the issues my assessment raised:
- Are we eating the best we can, with what we can afford?
- Are we eating enough variety of vegetables to get the nutrients Mma and I need, keeping in mind that Mma has high blood pressure, diabetes and had a stroke, and I had ulcer and weight issues?
- Where do we get most of our vegetables? Is that the best source we can have?
- How do I grow enough vegetables, fruit and herbs, and variety to meet our needs?
- How much does my current garden contribute?
- Do I need to improve our food output? What resources do I have NOW that can allow me to do so?
- Do we eat within our means? If not what can we do to lower the cost without reducing the quality?
- What is the status of our bodies and our treatment needs - annual check ups, dental needs, do mammogram etc.
- Do we have an accurate record of our income and expenditures?
- How much, in total, do we earn
- Where and how do we spend our money
- How much debt, savings and investments do we have?
- Do we live beyond, within or below our means?
- Are we stressed about money?
- What do we need to do to reduce our lifestyle costs without impacting on our standard of living?
To assist me in answering some of these questions, I joined Simple Living Forums, where I was able to access a great number of tools and meet very supportive people who are on similar journeys and are very happy to share what they learnt.
|Available on Amazon
So my questions were:
- Is it realistic to do less work for clients and increasingly expect my own projects to pay bills?
- How well have my own projects done to date? What proportion to my income did they contribute?
- Has that proportion grown over the past 3 years, or has it gone down, and if so, why?
- What can I do to improve things so there is growth in 2014/2015?
- What % of client work do I want to work with in comparison with my own projects? Would these clients bring me the required income to maintain my standard of living while growing my publishing business?
- Is my blogging contributing to my life and business? Of all my blogs, which ones are the best 3 contributors and why? Can those qualities be duplicated in my other blog ventures?
- Do my self-publishing ventures contribute significant income to my business and why/why not? What can I do to imrpove their performance in 2014/5?
- How much can creative work contribute to my income? What do I need to do to grow this aspect of the business?
There are two reasons why the state of my home is very important to me: this is not just the place where I sleep: this is where I work, socialise, create, hang out. So it's very important that it is very appealing to me, and meets my needs. But money is a very critical issue as always, so I need to do all this on a tight budget.
So the questions for this aspect of my life were:
- Does your home provide an adequate place to live, socialise, work, entertain and play?
- What do you need to do to improve on how it serves you in 2014/5 without breaking the bank?
Once again, Simple Living Forums provided the tools including how to repurpose things I have to better suit my needs.
|Definitely not my idea of entertainment
- What do I consider fun?
- What activities do I enjoy?
- Have I been making the time to engage in them? if not, why not?
- Is there a way for me to do more of these activities?
- How much do they cost me per month/annually?
- Is the expense worth the experience?
- What can I do to enjoy what I love while keeping costs down?
I'd love to learn how you have changed aspects of your life, or which aspects of your life you'd like to change.
And I would be honoured if you chose aspects of the questions I asked myself to assess your own life, health, money situation, work situation etc.