Life Areas

December 2013

in Self-awareness

This post contains an up-to-date list of my “life areas”—a breakdown of the major different areas in my life, which I frequently use, for example when performing my yearly reviews.

1. Worldview & Purpose

Is: your overall clarity as to your existence, purpose, and place in the universe; religious beliefs; goals; philosophy of life; fundamentals; want out of life; values; worldview; beliefs about everything—the past, present, and future, what is valuable, virtuous, and just.


  • Do you have something to protect?
  • Do you have clarity as to your existence, purpose, and place in the universe?
  • What is your philosophy of life?
  • What do you want to get out of life? 

2. Contribution & Impact

Is: giving value to the world; making a difference; impact on the world.


  • How are you giving value to the world?
  • Are you making a difference?
  • How much impact does your existence have environmentally, socially, and cognitively?
  • Are you giving effectively?


  • Total donations.

3. Location & Possessions

Is: living situation, where in the world, home, possessions, electronics, toys, material sufficiency.


  • Are you tied to one location?
  • Are you mobile?
  • What is your “home base”?


  • Number of possessions.

4. Money & Finances

Is: savings, investments, assets, debt, organization, management, budgeting.


  • Do you have savings, investments, or assets?
  • Do you have any debt?
  • Do you have a budget and do you follow it?
  • Are your finances organized and managed?
  • Do you know where you spend your money?


  • Total debt.
  • Total savings.
  • Total assets.
  • Bank account balances.
  • Proportion of money spend on savings, basics, fun, etc.
  • Effective hourly wage.
  • Total income.
  • Total expenses.

5. Career & Work

Is: your work, job, career, or business; your source of income.


  • Is what you do your calling?
  • Are you engaged?
  • Have you optimized your job?
  • Are you networked within your industry?
  • Does your job enable you to experience mastery, passion, and autonomy?

6. Health & Fitness

Is: diet, exercise habits, free of disease, overall energy level, healthy eating.


  • What do you eat?
  • Do you exercise regularly?
  • How often do you get sick?
  • What is your overall energy level and resistance to illness?
  • What are your major health issues and susceptibilities?

7. Knowledge & Education

Is: knowledge, education, talents, skills, mental development, learning new things.


  • What do you know?
  • Are you developing your mind and learning new things?
  • What are your talents and skills?
  • Are you being educated?

8. Communication

Is: spreading ideas, discussing, influence, persuasion, arguing, philosophizing, debating, opinions, interacting, writing, speaking.


  • Are you spreading ideas?
  • How much time do you spend time discussing, influencing, persuading, arguing, philosophizing, debating, interacting, writing, or speaking?
  • Can you communicate effectively with strangers?
  • Can you discuss things you believe without feeling defensive?
  • Can you discuss difficult or controversial topics?

9. Intimate Relationship

Is: the intimate relationship(s) you have or want to have; your partner; the quality of your relationship.


  • Are you in a close relationship?
  • How is it going?

10. Social Life

Is: your home life, relationships with family members, friends, social experiences, networking, clubs, organizations.


  • Are you networking?
  • Are you meeting new people?
  • Are you a member of any clubs and organizations?
  • Are you maintaining your friendships?

11. Emotions

Is: general feeling about life; optimism vs pessimism, positivity vs negativity, emotional awareness


  • What is your general feeling about life?
  • Are you optimistic or pessimistic, positive or negative?
  • Are you aware of your emotions as they are happening?
  • How big is your identity?

12. Character & Integrity

Is: your integrity, honesty, courage, compassion, honor, self-discipline, mindset, etc.


  • How do you rate in terms of integrity, honesty, courage, etc.?

13. Productivity & Organization

Is: memorized solutions, daily routine, schedule, effectiveness.


  • How good is your productivity?
  • Do you act effectively?
  • Are you organized?
  • Do you have a reliable productivity system?
  • When you need a piece of information, how easily can you find it?

14. Fun & Adventure

Is: experiencing what you want to experience; enjoying life; creativity; things do for fun; hobbies; recreation.


  • Are you experiencing what you want to experience?
  • Are you enjoying life?
  • Are you doing things for fun?
  • Do you have any hobbies or regular recreational activites?
  • Do you have any creative pursuits?

15. Thinking & Deciding

Is: thinking skills, decision effectiveness, rationality habits.