Being self-aware means knowing what’s important to you—what makes you tick—and living in ways that are consistent with that. If you know what’s important to you and use that to make decisions about how to spend your time, you’ll be more likely to feel at ease, successful, happy and well.
What are values? Why are they important? Why is it important for you to be clear about your own values?
A lot of people talk about “finding life balance.” For adults, it’s often about work and family. For teens, it usually means having a good mix of school, activities, time with friends and family, and time to just relax.
What sometimes gets missed in this conversation is talking about values. Values are really the foundation for how we can find balance. If we know what’s important to us and make decisions about how to spend our time based on that, we’ll be more likely to feel at ease, successful, happy and well.
Try the activities below and think about the following questions about values
- What do you notice about how your values compare with how you spend your time?
- Are you happy with what you discovered by doing this activity? Why or why not?
- What’s one thing you’d like to do differently in order to have your life more in balance with your values?