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Real Life Backup Plans

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How to Back-up Your Life

Too often people go through life with a tunnel vision approach of how they plan to go about their daily activities, long term goals and work related endeavors. Life is always tossing in the monkey wrench. Any well thought-out strategy is successful because the planners know that “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

Not only do back-up plans keep you calm in times of duress, but they also offer two important attributes that should always be accounted for before planning anything in life: flexibility and adaptability. Flexibility allows you to change plans without notice which means you can adapt to any situation that arises to achieve your intended goals. There are areas in life where you should always have a back-up plan.

Here are some ideas for a back-up plan in various areas of your life:

1. Financial

  • Keep around 3-6 months of income as deposit to deal with emergencies.
  • Plan savings for retirement, college funds, and other future needs/wants.
  • Always pay my bills on time.
  • Make a habit of paying taxes regularly and on time.
  • Make sure that you’re only spending a small percentage of income in risky investments. (3 to 5 percentage)
  • Don’t spend ever beyond income.
  • Stay in access to a good accountant.
  • Financially knowledgeable and understand how to manage money.
    I have an up-to-date will.

2. Home

  • I have insurance.
  • I keep my important papers (and other valuables) in a safe place.
  • I have a security system, fire extinguisher, and a smoke alarm.
  • I have an escape plan that I’ve shared with my family.
  • My important papers are orderly and easy to access.
  • I have emergency contact numbers easily accessible.
  • I have protection against identity theft.
  • I have photocopies of my driver’s license, passport, social security card, and birth certificate.
  • I have a friend or family member who can help in case of emergency.

3. Career

  • I have an up-to-date resume.
  • I have a good feel for my job security and the financial health of my employer.
  • I am regularly updating my skills or working to make myself more valuable.
  • I stay informed about other career opportunities in my industry.
  • I network often and have a strong circle of associates in my industry.
  • I have ideas for working independently or as a consultant if necessary.
  • I feel confident about my interview skills.
  • I understand how to use social media to connect with others professionally.
  • I’m aware that my emotional intelligence plays a vital role in my career success and I have a high emotional IQ.

4. Health and Safety

  • I follow my regular medical check-ups and recommended preventative procedures.
  • Engage in activities that reduce stress.
  • I use safety precautions such as seat belt, helmet, sunscreen, etc whenever necessary.
  • I don’t speed or take risks when driving or engage in other high-risk activities.
  • Confirm sound sleep for 7 to 8 hours everyday.
  • Work on mental health continuously and see a counselor if requires.
  • I allow myself plenty of time to get where I’m going.
  • If I live in an area prone to natural disasters, I have a plan of action for my escape and/or safety.

5. Relationships

  • I understand the qualities of emotionally mature relationships, and I work to practice those.
  • Give importance to primary relationships (spouse, partner, children, parents) ahead of everything else in my life and tend to them lovingly.
  • I have good communication skills and can deal with conflict in a healthy way.
  • Limit over-promise or over-commit.
  • My emotional needs are met, and I work to meet those of my loved ones.
  • I have many fulfilling friendships and business relationships.
  • I practice forgiveness and try not to hold a grudge.
  • Reduce association with people who can harm me, my reputation, or my peace of mind.
  • Control my aggressive behavior.

The dreams that you hold for your future are what you dream about at night. They’re always at the back of your mind. They’re what your heart desires. They keep you going. Accept reality and have a backup plan ready all the time. Always follow your dreams no matter what.

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  • Be grateful for what you have.

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