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Feeling Lost? How to Do a Life Review and Head in the Right Direction

Doing a life review can show you the direction to go to find meaning. Maybe you've been going the wrong way? Come see how you're doing.
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A life review is an enormous help in clarifying what you want and how to get it.

Most people will feel lost at some point in their lives. If you’d like to sort things out, then a quick life review should give you a better idea of where you’re at on your journey. Furthermore, it’ll show you the way to get there, so you don’t waste time wandering.

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“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.”  — T.D. Jakes

Also, it can reveal what to get rid of and what needs more of your focus.

You’ll notice things that need your attention so you can take action on them. Thus, rescuing a part of your world from certain collapse. Everyone would benefit if they did quick regular audits on their life.

What is a life review?

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“The key to happiness is really progress and growth and constantly working on yourself and developing something.”

—Lewis Howes

A life review is like a report card for all major aspects of your world. It’s easy to let things slip when you’re busy. Some areas will get neglected while you’re focused elsewhere. Then when you come back to them, it’s a mess.

For example, if someone is an outstanding parent, but they’ve neglected themself. After a while, they’ll get depressed from ignoring their needs for so long. But they can avoid this issue if they identify what they’ve been doing.

It’s rewarding to know where your focus should be, but please don’t wait until everything falls apart to do a life review.

How to do a life review

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In your review, you’ll examine all the facets of your days, like what’s working great and what isn’t. Also, include what to let go of and how to improve what isn’t working.

But don’t expect to be perfect, have self-compassion. Besides, the only thing that matters is you’re doing something about it now.

So, grab your favorite pen and a notebook. Then take your time answering the following questions and circle or highlight anything that resonates with you.

What categories should you add in your life review?

Next, choose the most important areas of your daily existence to examine. The following are some possible choices and some questions to ask yourself.


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Ask yourself:

  • What am I wasting money on, and is there a less expensive option?
  •  How do I feel about my job?



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Photo by Luis Fernandes from Pexels

Ask yourself:

  • Am I nurturing my closest connections?
  • Are my friends encouraging and inspiring?
  • Is there old baggage with someone that we can resolve?
  • Have I forgiven someone a few too many times? Should I stop giving them chances?
  • Is there someone I should forgive so I can be free from resentment?


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Photo by Good Faces on Unsplash

Ask yourself:

  • Am I allowing myself a few moments alone to think about what’s going on and journal about it? Writing out your thoughts can be very therapeutic.
  • How’s my health? What areas need work?
  • Am I keeping my thoughts positive?
  • What am I grateful for right now?
  • What bad habits should I get rid of, and what beneficial ones should take their place?

Organization and cleaning

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“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

— Paulo Coelho

  • How can I improve my living environment?
  • Do I like where I live? Would I be happier somewhere else? Where?
  • Have I decluttered my computer files and items I don’t need lately?
  • Are my things easy to find or in a pile?

Goals and projects

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  • What is my mission?
  • How am I making progress on that?
  • What can I do that would launch me to the finish line faster?
  • What skills would help me do this better? Have I read about how to build these skills or watched Youtubes about it?
  • Am I going after goals that others told me to have? Are my goals to impress others or make them jealous of me? Now, I’m going to do things because they make me happy.

Manage your time

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“The time is now. Stop hitting the snooze button on your life.”

— Mel Robbins

  • Where am I wasting time? Have I been proactive?
  • What can you do to make each day easier?
  • Am I procrastinating on moving up a level? What tasks aren’t as important as they seem?
  • How are you using your time? Is there a more effective way to do things?
  • Am I having fun and feeling joyous?

Create a plan of action from your life review

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Photo by Peter Jones on Unsplash

“Beginning today, set an intention and a relentless focus on living your life as the greatest person you can be, in all situations.”

 — Brendon Burchard

Finally, you want to create an action plan to enhance those areas that need it. Write a quick summary of what you learned from your assessment.

What’s lacking? What feels wrong? How can you fix it?

If you’re having financial problems, then you can set some time aside each day to find ways to boost your income. Or, if you’re out of shape, you can schedule when you’ll work out or take walks.

Then put your plan into action. Later on, you can check your progress. What’s doing great, and what isn’t working?

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“The dreaming has to be backed up by the doing.”

— Carrie Wilkerson

In short, a life review can save you tons of time, stress, and money by catching problems before they happen. Commit to balancing the aspects of your world as best you can. But remember to have self-compassion and not be too hard on yourself.

After you finish your life review, you should have a good idea of where you’re at and where you want to go. Plus, you’ll know you’re going in the right direction!

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What changes will you make with your life review?

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