LIFE COMPONENTS, LIFE ITINERARY / August 18, 2017

Remember the days when you were a kid and your only concern was “What toy am I gonna play with today?” Do  you remember when you got older as a teenager and thought “I can’t wait until I’m grown.” Now here you are and although there are many perks, the truth is “adulting” can suck! As a teen, you’re so focused on the perks of being an adult, but the reality comes with SO much responsibility. And in order to successfully tackle those everyday responsibilities, goals, or really anything meaningful to you, you need a game plan aka a Life Itinerary.

In my very first post, I mentioned the three key aspects of a Life Itinerary. One of the aspects included maintaining your life components. These components are what helps you develop an overall routine in your life. A schedule or some sort of routine is the key to productivity. There are a lot of the reasons we tend to get off track with keeping a schedule. We’re too busy, we slack off, we make excuses, we don’t have the resources, we’re not getting out of our own way, we have no follow-through, or something is always coming up. Knowing the components of your life will help you establish the best approach to prioritize everything you need to achieve. The trick is to make it work realistically with what personally works best for you.

Knowing the components of your life will help you establish the best approach to prioritize everything you need to achieve. The trick is to make it work realistically with what personally works best for you.

 

 1) FINANCES

“Mo Money, Mo Problems,” yeah well less money doesn’t necessarily mean “less” problems Mr.Combs, and that’s a fact. When I first moved out on my own I went from living under my family’s roof straight into having my own apartment. It was a HUGE reality check! Through lots of trials and many errors (which is just a fancy way of saying things I want versus things I need), I finally acknowledged the importance of being aware of how you manage your finances in the most beneficial way.

Lots of financial woes can stem from not wanting to face the situation head on. But you have to know all the ins and outs of your finances in order to make the best decisions. All things ranging from personal budgeting, savings, expense payment plans and self-investment is crucial in reaching your financial goals. It takes patience, discipline, and the art of allowance to maintain finance objectives.

 

2) SPIRITUAL BALANCE

Spiritual balance is the preservation of the mind, encouraging of the spirit, and food for the soul! It delves into the factors of faith, self-care, stress relief, therapy, and relaxation. When you have a lot on your plate (translation a little too much is going on and I’m not here for it) it is easy to forget about yourself. One of the hardest things for me to learn was that it is absolutely necessary to take time for myself not only to be able to achieve the things I want…but for my sanity! For me, my faith is important, it is what gets me through, especially in the climate of our society. I think the majority of us seek different ways to find some sense of contentment, and that’s what spiritual balance is all about.

Here’s my personal Spiritual Balance Apps/Aides that I can’t go without:

Check out the Elements of Spiritual Balance!

3) DIET & WELLNESS

In continuing the importance of self…health, fitness, and diet can go hand in hand with spiritual balance. In reality, it is one of the most overwhelming components. So much goes into choosing the best diet and workout regimen because it has to be specifically catered to you and your needs.And let’s not get started on prioritizing your healthcare, which is obviously necessary but often neglected. After a couple hours of research on the internet…I’m over it. 

Growing up I never was conscious of what I ate. It wasn’t until I was introduced (after being very reluctant and stubborn) to healthier eating habits. I learned the need of balance of diet and nutrition, that doesn’t completely deny you of the things you love. Plus, knowing your options of how you can stay on top of your weight is overwhelming especially when you incorporate healthy activity and exercise. And even though I absolutely hate the gym, what motivates me to keep going are the results (aka makes my outfits look better… oh and I’m healthier).

Check out the Five Ingredients in Creating Your Diet Plan!

Check out the Fitness Strategy & Health Blueprint!

 

4) VOCATION

Vocation is your life’s mission. What is your purpose? What do you want to do for yourself? It’s a constant evolving life component. It deals with learning and developing your craft or interest. Or choosing the best form of education to develop the skills and requirements needed for your goals. While also delving into the various career development basics of your chosen path, developing a career plan. Consistently navigating through life and self-discovery, is always going to be vital in becoming the best version of not only who you want to be, but who you are.

 

On another note, not get too political but give me a second. If there’s anything I’ve learned (cause I’m learning a lot with this life itinerary thing) in recent times it’s the importance of prioritizing (a word that never gets old) your civic duties and fighting for the future you want for yourself and those to come. Cause ultimately they still affect your vocation and what you strive for. I think it’s cool to give back whether it be towards your community or causes you care about. There is always going to be someone who may be in a harder situation than you and I think it’s motivating and encouraging to lift others up while you try to lift yourself up as well.

 

5) CHORE

There are many reasons why keeping your living and personal space clean and organized helps in being sufficient. I’m a firm believer that your personal space can sometimes reflect your state of mind (so imagine how my scatterbrained environments tend to function). When I’m stressed my place is a mess. When I’m in better spirits I tend to keep up with things more. It’s not just in the way you keep up with it, but also in the way it’s designed. Does your space reflect you in the most positive way? Are you able to efficiently keep up with your home & chore responsibilities? My “type A” tendencies work for me. What works best for you?

 

6) MAKEOVER

Your overall style and signature looks are an expression of your own uniqueness. I enjoy fashion and I love how I can reflect my mood and express myself in different ways simply by what I’m wearing, my hairstyle, or my makeup. Feeling good about yourself and the way you look without apology is the main ingredient of confidence. According to an article by Vogue confidence dressing is scientifically proven to affect the mind. Confidence is a special element of your life to nurture. It helps you in embracing who you are, which ultimately reflects in other areas of your life.

But let’s be real we are not a celebrity who has their own stylist, makeup artist, and hair dresser. So having an organized and budget conscious beauty regimen with time friendly and HEALTHY techniques, will have to do until that celebrity status comes. Beauty also pertains to self-care focusing on grooming and hygiene, which is pretty self-explanatory. Here are my favorite fashion and beauty apps that I swear by:

 

 

7) A LITTLE R&R

With all this planning and prioritizing (there’s that word again) you can’t forget to give yourself a break. You NEED “me time” without a doubt. We get so caught up in our lives and what we have to do. Don’t forget to find moments to just live and enjoy yourself. This is something that has taken me a while to comprehend. I feel the last couple of years, I kept my head down working hard while in school and then I looked up and five years had passed. No doubt I have special memories that I do treasure. But I also missed out on a lot of opportunities. It’s important to create memories and experiences for yourself, those are the very things that inspire us in our personal journey and path. Plan a trip and travel somewhere new. What’s your bucket list? What’s your favorite hobbies or pastimes? Don’t forget to create your own space to take time for yourself to rest and recover from everything you have going on. Just take the time to live a little!

It’s important to create memories and experiences for yourself, those are the very things that inspire us in our personal journey and path. Plan a trip and travel somewhere new. What’s your bucket list? What’s your favorite hobbies or pastimes? Don’t forget to create your own space to take time for yourself to rest and recover from everything you have going on. Just take the time to live a little!

8) SOCIAL LIFE & RELATIONSHIPS

Whether you’re anti-social or a social butterfly, it’s apart life. And just like you’ll have to concentrate on having some “me” time, you may have to focus on the other personal, professional, romantic, and cordial relationships in your life. You have to balance your social life, home life, work life, and dating life (which let’s be real may be fun but is work). This includes family time, hanging out with friends, networking and building relationships with co-workers, making sure to have some “significant other” time, and knowing how to handle certain acquaintances. Honestly, there aren’t enough hours in the day, be we gotta make it work.

9) TASK MANAGEMENT

Task Management is the most important of the life components because it’s a combination of all the other components and how they’re executed. Because of that fact alone, it is automatically the most tedious. It can range from your calendar, task, reminders, goals, as well as day to day responsibilities and routine, or various appointments and plans. I know I wish I had my own personal assistant but I gotta do what I gotta do. There are so many resources to help with efficiency, through different software, apps, and good old fashion life hacks. It’s just about choosing the best one that works for you to be the most organized and productive!

I personally consider myself a list enthusiast (old school but effective)! And I’ve recently gotten into having a bullet journal. Which for someone who is a little OCD and loves list, IT IS HEAVEN! Now some of you may think “hell no that takes up too much time.” If that’s how you feel (you know less ancient with control freak tendencies) then check out my recommendations for some personal assistant, scheduling, calendar, and task management apps:

So you ready to start putting the pieces of your life components together to create your Life Itinerary? Make sure to comment, share, and remember to never stop striving for the life you want to lead!

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