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Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
-- Theodore Roosevelt


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Life audit

Publicly traded companies must undergo regular audits of their operations to protect the interests of shareholders. Those audits are designed to reduce waste and deception, and to uncover opportunities for increased effectiveness and efficiency.

Every now and then, it’s a good idea to audit your own personal operations in a similar way. After all, you can sometimes benefit from a detailed examination of the way you live your life.

Are there things you’re doing that cost you time and resources, but don’t provide any value or enjoyment? It’s all too easy to settle into useless habits, and it’s a helpful exercise to routinely rid yourself of them.

Are there assumptions you’ve been depending upon that are no longer true, or perhaps never were? By abandoning those assumptions you can elevate your thinking to a new level of clarity.

Can you identify useless grudges you’ve been holding or important tasks you’ve been putting off? How about opportunities you’ve ignored or treasured relationships you’ve been taking for granted?

Spend a little time giving your life a mental audit, identifying what’s working, what’s not, and what you can do to improve. Find those opportunities you’ve been hiding in plain sight and make good use of all you discover.

— Ralph Marston

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