Join Arianna Huffington for an in-depth discussion in this video Life audit: Identifying your priorities, part of Arianna Huffington's Thrive 03: Setting Priorities and Letting Go.
- So in our lessons we want you to take stock of your life. Check in and do a life audit. Look inside and see how you're feeling. This is important as we are changing our habits and building new ones. And in this lesson, we are going to focus on our priorities and how much time we actually spend on them. So I'd like you to identify your three to five key priorities. I've spent a little time on this and I've identified four key priorities for me.
So, my first one actually is my spiritual life. You know how people talk a lot about exploring outer space? And I'm now fascinating with exploring inner space. I think it's an incredible adventure. And it's a big priority for me. It includes my meditation. It includes my reading of spiritual teachings, of poetry. And it includes getting to know myself.
You know, Socrates famously said, "Know thyself," and this for me is really a lifelong journey, but now at this moment in my life, my number one priority. My second priority are my girls. I sort of adore my children, Christina and Isabella. And they're definitely my big priority even though they are now 23 and 25.
My third priority is building Thrive Global to change the way we work and live. We want to accelerate the culture shift by getting people to embrace the clear scientific fact that when we prioritize our well being, our creativity, our decision making, our productivity, and above all our health all go up across the board. More and more companies and more and more people, including you, since you are watching this, get it.
You know the science and your know you want to bring more well being into your life. So my priority with Thrive Global is helping people move from knowing what they want to do to actually doing it. So what's on your priority list? Is it work, family, your dog, your religion, your spiritual life? Write down three to five priorities. And now think about your life, how you spend your time.
Do you make time each day or each week to focus on these three to five priorities that you've set down? What else are you spending time on that's not on your priority list, but maybe it's on other people's priority list? So put down the things that you do in your life that maybe you're not choosing, but either someone is choosing for you or you have certain limiting beliefs that make you say yes when you really meant no.
That's mine. That's the one I wrote down. Because one of the stresses in my life is when I say yes to something when I really want to say no, because I want to be nice or I want to be liked or I don't want to upset people. And then the time comes and I have to do it and I don't really want to, and it's not part of my priority list. So in this life audit, make these two lists, the one of the priorities that are really important and meaningful to you, and the other of things that you've put there out of obligation.
Are there any of these that can be eliminated altogether? This is a good time to reflect on your larger life mission. How do you want to see yourself as a parent, as a friend, as a coworker, as a spouse, as someone who is making a difference in your community? For me, I'd like to bring loving and joy into my life and the lives of the people I touch and to make a difference.
(tranquil music) I had a dream a few years ago that's been very important to me. I was on this train going home to God. So I'm very comfortable with the word God, but if you are not, you can say going home. In my compartment was my family and the friends I had chosen to be there. So as the train went on, there was scenery of course. There was beautiful scenery and there was ugly scenery.
But the train moved on, and I realized that as long as I didn't cling to the scenery, I could deal with both the beautiful and the ugly. It was when I tried to cling to it that there was pain. So take a moment about the scenery in your life as the train moves on and also about the people who are in your compartment. It's your husband, your children, your boss, your best friend, your dog.
Who else is in your compartment? Make a list of them. So stop and spend some time with this list and just identify who is supportive of you and what matters in your life, of your priorities, and write this down in your journal. In today's life audit, we just want you to take time to have a clear list of your priorities and what you want to put your energy into, and then to really look at who are the players on your team.
Who are the good players and, well, all the players? And just write it all down.
- Evaluating and identifying priorities
- Focusing on your breath
- Prioritizing your goals
- Valuing your time
- Evaluating your relationships
- Tracking sleep and movement
- Considering keystone habits