Today is Day 16 of Live A Better Life in 30 Days Challenge.
Day 16 is about creating a personal handbook – your manual, your life’s blueprint, your guiding point to live your best life.
Life handbook is a term Celes created:
“A life handbook, to put it simply, is your manual that contains anything and everything important in living your life, from your life purpose, adages, life learnings, long-term goals, short-term goals, strategies, plans, right down to your daily tasks. Just like you need a driving manual to learn driving, your life handbook is your manual to progress in life. Just as the Bible is the guidebook that reflects the doctrine and creed of Christianity, your life handbook is your map towards living your best possible life.”
In her article Create Your Life Handbook, Celes says your life handbook should include the following sections:
Strengths and improvement areas
Vision board (visual representation of what you want in life)
Life goals: Long-term (5, 3, 1 year) and short-term (monthly) goals
Plans to achieve your goals
My overall life purpose/vision
My life-long goals
- 5/3/1 year goals
- My 1 year goals, break down into months
Below is a partial outline of Celes’ handbook:
My vision board
My overall life adages based on what I have learned in life
My strengths; My improvement areas and blind spots
Things that motivate me in life
My strategies, plans and tracking for my goals
Daily to-do list (Updated on ongoing basis)
Reflections I get every year
Miscellaneous information which I access frequently: My finances, my credit card info, grocery lists, etc.
Life handbook is such a great idea! I am excited to create my life handbook.
The good news is I don’t have to do everything from scratch, I can do some copy and paste from what I have already created.
The tasks I did in the last 15 days for this Live A Better Life in 30 Days Challenge can form the base of my life handbook. In addition I would like to add the following sections/lists:
- Biographical data
- Family history data
- Education background (graduation certificates)
- Employment history
- Awards and achievements
- Important dates and events every year
- Will/living will (if I can get to it)
- and some more
My life handbook will surely be a treasure for my children when I pass away, maybe more valuable and important than leaving them some money, hopefully.
I plan to create my life handbook in Word, with folders and subfolders for better organization.
You can also use a three-ring binder. With a three-ring binder, you can easily add and remove pages or change orders of the pages/sections.
A soft copy is easy to edit and update. But it’s not so convenient to look at and review.
I know the three things that we should do after we created our life handbook will be a little challenging for me:
- Look at your handbook every morning before you start your day.
- Refer to it through the day to remind yourself of what you want.
- Update it constantly.