Are there certain things in your life that just come naturally to you and other things that you are constantly working on improving?
Do you find it a challenge or a struggle to work on improving certain areas of your life? If you do, you are not alone. As I’m sure you have heard many times before, we are all a work in progress.
We all have things that we would like to be better at. Some of those things take priority over others.
What if you have 10 different things that you need to improve on? Do you tackle them all at once or do you make a plan to tackle and master them one at a time?
Let’s talk about the different areas in our lives that some of us have mastered and some of us need to improve on, and see which items you can relate to.
What Do You Need to Improve On?
Procrastination – People often say “don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today”. I prefer to say “don’t do today what you can put off until tomorrow”. Kidding!! Maybe...
Becoming more productive – Be it tasks at work or tasks at home, some days we can be very productive and some days we can feel like we didn’t accomplish a single thing. What can we do to improve our productivity?
Spending more time with family and friends – Are you a workaholic? Do you find that your kids are graduating from high school next week and you have been so busy with your own work that you didn’t even notice that they weren't in diapers anymore?
Dealing with specific health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol – Many people get diagnosed with a serious illness and take immediate action, while others don’t take the time to figure out what they need to do to improve their health.
Is being healthy a priority to you? You might be thinking "of course it is". Did you know that for many people it isn't?
Becoming a better listener – Are you the type of person that actually listens when others in the room are speaking to you or is your mind formulating your next response, or worse yet, is it a million miles away thinking about something completely unrelated?
Saving more money – In the world of personal finance we are constantly reading stories about people who have saved their money and people who have spent too much money, again.
Which category do you fall into? Is saving more money an area in your life that you need to improve on? Is it a priority?
Making more money – Is making more money easier said than done? Some people make a lot of money and some people struggle to make a few bucks. If you are someone that wants to make more money what can you do to make that happen?
Building a retirement fund – People begin building their retirement fund at different points in their lives. Some start when they are in their 20’s or 30’s, and some never do.
And what I have learned over time is that building your retirement fund isn’t based on whether a person is low income, middle income or wealthy. It is simply based on their personal financial beliefs.
Eating better – Before you can make improvements to your daily eating habits you need to figure out what “better” means to you. Does eating only organic food mean that you are eating better?
Does eating only low carb food mean that you are eating better? Or does only going to McDonalds twice a week mean that you are eating better?
Cooking skills – Many people are fantastic cooks while others only use their kitchen to make a cup of coffee. Improving your cooking skills is important for so many reasons.
The two reasons that immediately come to my mind are that it allows you to pay closer attention to the ingredients that you are putting in your mouth, and it helps you save money because you are not paying to dine out all the time or to order in.
Organizing your home – Some people are natural born organizers, and some people either struggle with it or ignore it all together. If you are someone that struggles with being organized but wants to get better at it there are so many online resources that you can turn to for simple organizational tips that you can begin implementing right away.
Organizing your work – Is it possible to be organized at home but not at work? Is your desk covered with papers, supplies, empty coke cans, empty coffee cups, and so on? What about your computer?
Do you spend an hour looking for a file that you know you just saved yesterday, or are all of your files neatly organized based on certain subjects? What about your favorites folder and your RSS Reader? When was the last time you organized those on your computer?
Seeing tasks through to completion instead of always multi-tasking – If you are like most people you are proud of your multi-tasking skills. But when important tasks need to get done how much do people that continually multi-task really get done, and get done well?
For example, when you are working on a project on your computer how many times do you stop to check and respond to email, or to quickly look something up on the Internet for a completely different project? I do it all the time and by the end of the day I get so little done.
What do you need to improve on?