• Change: How to analyse the key areas of your life

    by  • December 3, 2012 • Transform your life

    ChangeChange is inevitable. We all change over time. Sometime for the better. But also for the worse. You just have to look back on the last five or ten years to see how much change there is in your life.

    The same is going to happen in the future. And here is how to plan it to your advantage. Look back at how the year has gone for you. What went well? What didn’t go well? And decide what areas you need to work on in the year ahead.

    Use the “Change Analysis Questionnaire” below to review the key areas of your life.  It will help you to find what you need to change. And to decide on what to include in your personal development plan. So you can control the change in your life.

    Change Analysis Questionnaire

    Use the questionnaire to analyse  your health. Relationships. Finances. Career. Recreation. Beliefs and values. And your personal development.

    1. Health: Including: Physical fitness. Diet. Weight. Medical conditions. Medication. Time spent in hospital. Other health issues.

    A. How happy are you with your health this year?

    ☐ Very unhappy    ☐ Unhappy    ☐ Neither happy nor unhappy    ☐ Happy    ☐ Very happy

    B. What health issues do you need to work on?

    2. Relationships: With your partner. The immediate and extended family. Friends. Work and professional colleagues.

    A.  How happy are you with your relationships this year?

    ☐ Very  unhappy    Unhappy      Neither happy nor unhappy    Happy    ☐ Very happy

    B.  What relationship issues do you need to work on?

    3. Finances: Current and future income. Expenditure. Savings. Debts. Other financial issues.

    A.  How happy are you with your finances this year?

    ☐ Very  unhappy    Unhappy      Neither happy nor unhappy    Happy    ☐ Very happy

    B.  What financial issues do you need to work on?

    4. Career: Your current job. Profession. Future opportunities. Career development. Other career and work issues.

    A. How satisfied are you with your career this year?

    ☐ Very  unhappy    Unhappy      Neither happy nor unhappy    Happy    ☐ Very happy

    B. What career issues do you need to work on?

    5. Recreation:   Pastimes. Group activities. Outdoor Activities. Social activities. Outings. Holidays. Other.

    A. How satisfied are you with your recreation this year?

    ☐ Very  unhappy    Unhappy      Neither happy nor unhappy    Happy    ☐ Very happy

    B. What relationship issues do you need to work on?

    6. Beliefs and values:  Your thoughts on religion. Politics. Economics. Social issues. Membership of related organisations.

    A. How satisfied are you with your beliefs and values this year?

    ☐ Very  unhappy    Unhappy      Neither happy nor unhappy    Happy    ☐ Very happy

    B. What beliefs and values issues do you need to work on?

    7. Self-improvement:  Goal setting. Study. Readings. Change projects. Meditation. New year resolutions. Other related activities.

    A. How satisfied are you with your self-improvement this year?

    ☐ Very  unhappy    Unhappy      Neither happy nor unhappy    Happy    ☐ Very happy

    B. What self-improvement issues do you need to work on?

    Create a Personal Change Shortlist

    1. Make a list of all the issues you need to change.

    2. Then group them into three lists. A top priority one. A medium priority one. And a low priority one. Each of the three lists should have the same number of items.

    3. Create a final short list of not more than four items from the top priority list.

    Finalize your Personal Change Shortlist

    Examine each item on your shortlist. Take stock of them. Think what you did about it last January. Ask: What problems you solved? What you achieved? What you learned? How you changed? And what you need to change now? Doing this for each month of the year will give you a clear understanding of the issue. And what you need to change in the year ahead.

    Revise your short list. Rank the items in order of importance.  Then ask: Are they what you want from life right now?  Are they what you would like to do with your life?

    Sleep on it for a couple of days. Then decide on your final change list.

     

    Change References

    http://chronicle.com/article/Taking-Stock-of-Yourself/46421

    http://dontsettle.org/7-key-areas-life-change/

    http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2040218_2040220_2040221,00.html

    http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/holidays/tp/resolutions.htm

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/no-more-regrets/201012/do-your-personal-year-in-review

    http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New-Years-Resolutions.shtml

    http://getqc.com/main/index.php?m=2&p=12

    http://sidsavara.com/personal-development/annual-year-end-review

     

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    We can use positive psychology to improve how we live our lives. So I love to share my understanding of it with others. To help them grow and flourish as I have. The posts on this blog set out to do just that. You need a lot of skill to make a relationship a happy one. So I write about relationship skills. Skills you can learn how to use in your own relationship. To keep it in good shape. To solve problems that may arise in it. And to improve the quality of your relationship. To make both of you happy.