You might be a lucky person and already know what your dreams are and how you can fulfil them. However, most people are a bit lost when it comes to this, and need some help to get there. If you’re one of them, these are some of helpful techniques that will make you see your own goals clearer.
- The Huck and Tom Technique
Just like Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer stood at their own funeral — imagine your own funeral where you hide and listen to what other people are saying about you.
Think about what you would like them to say about you.
Then, think what their actual words would be.
You have one goal here and that is to decrease the difference between these two concepts.
- Desert Island Everything
This idea is based on a BBC programme called Desert Island Discs that was a famous show, running for a long time. The celebrities were asked what they would take with them to a desert island. This included a book, eight pieces of music they would choose, along with one luxury. This particular technique was expanded from this idea based on this show programme.
Imagine that you are confronted by some powerful force and you have to make a choice. Absolutely everything about you is in question — your possessions, relationships, work, dreams and your core values. You can only keep ten of those things.
Start by writing “I have…” and write the things that define you now. Write as many of these ideas as you can think of in 20 minutes.
Afterwards, choose ten things from this list — those that are most meaningful in your life. Do this in 20 minutes.
The third part, which also takes 20 minutes, is the final part and makes a total of one hour. This is the time in which you will reflect upon the following things:
- Read the long list and contemplate about your goals and wishes
- Read the short list and contemplate about your goals and wishes
- Think about what you currently have but can live without
- Think about what you need to put more efforts in
- Think about what might be missing from your life that you need
- The Perfect Day
Try to picture a most perfect day in your life. With whom are you spending the day? What is happening throughout the day and what enables you to do the thing you do? This technique will make you more insightful about your wishes and goals.
- The Awesome List
This technique was an idea created by Catherine Caine at Be Awesome Online. Write a list that is completely free from any restrictions and rules — what would your most awesome life be like? When you imagine your most awesome life imaginable, conclude which of the things from the life of your dreams are achievable right now.
- The Wise Advisor
In order to properly do this exercise, you need to stop your critical thinking and get into a trance-like state. You need to be completely relaxed.
Try taking several deep breaths and while exhaling try to become more and more relaxed. Once you reached this relaxed state — imagine you are standing at the top of a set of ten stairs and start coming down slowly. You enter a state of deep relaxation and start drifting in your thoughts.
Now, you should focus all your attention to answer one question only — what would be the best piece of advice I could give myself?
At this point you should be able to let your inner advisor speak to you. Shut off your critical thinking, your rational judgement and let the innermost part of yourself speak to you.
Some people say that they had a mental image of a person or an animal during this exercise, while others only heard a voice.
When you come back to being fully alert, write down the words of your inner advisor.
These techniques will bring you closer to what you truly desire in life. You’ll become aware of what you need to change and how to do it.
Most of us live hectic lives, constantly feeling under pressure to keep everything under control, which often results in feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are many organizational techniques that we can implement in our everyday lives that will make us feel less stressed and more proactive and relaxed.
Make Back-Ups Of Everything
All of us went through the hassle of losing keys, having our computer crash that resulted in loss of all data, or misplacing important documents. For this reason, keep copies of everything at hand. You should make copies of birth certificates, financial records, insurance and keep those at a designated place. Back up all the important files from your computer. Also, scan all important documents such as passport and IDs and keep them in a designated folder. Make copies of your home and car keys as well.
Clean Up Regularly
Staying organized at all times can be achieved best if we clean and de-clutter our living space on a regular basis. Do this every day for about 20 minutes and you’ll feel great and well organized all the time.
Get A Money Management App
If you don’t organize your expenses and don’t pay much attention on how much money you spend each day, you surely know how this can affect your budget and your life. Get a money management app so as to avoid these unpleasant situations. Quicken and Mint are apps used for documenting the money you spend and recording your bills each month. You can get reminders to deposit the money before the bill is due and track how much money you are spending. This way you’ll know what you actually need or don’t need to buy.
Donate Or Throw One Thing Before Buying Something
Most of us sometimes buy things that we don’t actually need. These are usually impulse purchases that aren’t money well spent. So, the next time you want to buy something new, try throwing out something you don’t need first. Keep doing this for a while and you’ll notice how much more organized you feel. You’ll also think twice before buying anything you don’t actually need.
Practice Putting Things Away Immediately
Make designated places in your home for everything, as this will help you find things when you need them. However, if you don’t keep stuff in their place, they will pile up to the point that you will need hours to clean and de-clutter.
So, the best way to avoid this is to put things back into their place as soon as you’re finished using them. This will save your time, and your home, office and life will always be well organized.
Create a Weekend Bucket List
Make a list of activities to do or places to go to for a weekend, which you can read and immediately have ideas when you’re bored. In this way you won’t lose time thinking what to do or where to go. You will also avoid staying in watching the same TV shows.
Keep in mind that you won’t be able to perfectly organize your entire life immediately. It is a process that gradually becomes a habit. So, implement these techniques into your routine slowly and be patient until you see the results.