Most of us have heard of these four:
And those are awesome, but I wanted some more detail. So I came up with the following list:
- Family and kids
- Relationships and service
- Education and learning
- Career, contributing, creating
- Home and garden
I don’t think one category is necessarily more important than another category, but I did put them in a specific order. Starting with the spiritual gives you a good foundation and guidance for everything else. Then I need energy and physical health to be able to do everything I want to do, and putting my physical body in order helps with my emotions and focus. I have to take care of my mental health and make sure I’m functioning well inside before I can start looking outward.
I feel like building up a better marriage is one of the most important relationships I have: having a good marriage enables me to be a better mother. And I need to take care of my kids and my own family before I can look outward.
But then I do try to look outward and be a good friend and neighbor and help other people. And I want to learn and educate myself, both to be an example to my kids, and to be able to help other people. And because learning is just awesome. With everything I learn, I want to build up a career and create things that help contribute to the world and make it a better place.
I also need to build up a good foundation in my home, keeping it clean and fixed up and functional for my family. And I need to make sure that my finances are in order so that I am prepared for whatever happens in life.
Finally, I listed leisure time, because it’s good to be intentional about free time, and to spend time playing and doing things I enjoy.
Sometimes I just write to-do lists. But I improve more when I use these categories to intentionally set goals and take care of myself.