The word life design is a fairly new term brought about mainly as a result of the work anywhere, travel anywhere location independent mindset. Incidentally this is a mindset that I very much admire and try to implement some of the strategies in to my own life planning if not totally all of them.
Being very much a fan of escaping the rat race, non conformity and the search for one’s own personal freedom and life passions I can relate to a large amount of the location independent / digital nomad lifestyle.
Work anywhere, travel anywhere
However life design is of course not just about one type of lifestyle and in the most part we have the freedom to choose the type of lives we want to live. I think we all agree on one thing and that is ‘’ life is far too short’’. You will probably hear that statement uttered by some body at least once a week. Now with that being the case it is surely important that we spend our time on activities that we enjoy doing and that make us happy.
In order to spend time on the things we love to do, we must first determine exactly what those things are. Once that has been determined we must then begin the creation of short, mid and long-term goals for it’s realisation.
Activities that we enjoy doing
For instance the combination of this blog and website called Engaging Thailand itself is basically a plan in action. Thailand is the location that I wanted to spend longer periods of time in each year and is my location of choice. Life long learning / wisdom from the east and the west for (the type of stuff they don’t teach you in school) combined with personal freedom and a more simplified life is the purpose. Add in to the package the goal to become totally fluent in Thai language and proficiency in the understanding of Thai culture and that close on nails it.
Here are a few classic quotes regarding life design or lifestyle design and my take on the quotes.
1) If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much. (Jim Rohn)
The above is a quote from the brilliant but sadly no longer with us Jim Rohn.
The term I hear a lot nowadays is ‘’going with the flow’’ and I think going with the flow is absolutely fine as long as it’s your flow you’re going with. The real crux of the matter is to make sure it’s not some one else’s plan you are fitting in with rather than your own. As Jim Rohn aptly puts it ‘’guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
Be sure it’s your flow you go with
2) The only way to truly master your time is to organise your schedule each day to spend the majority of it doing things that are important rather than urgent. (Anthony Robbins)
It is only with the aid of a life plan and detailed goals of how you want your life to look, that you can then begin to determine the important things over the urgent. If you don’t focus and prioritise it all seems to be urgent and then it is not surprising if we feel so unfulfilled at the end of each day. Once the important is determined and worked on instead of the urgent then our lives tend to have a more productive and satisfying feel about them.
3) Ask yourself ‘’ is this good for me? Is this what I really want in life? Is this really what life is all about? (Mantak Chia & W.U.Wei)
It is all too easy to just say yes to all requests without ever stopping to think about them, easier to react instead of acting. However in order to get more of what we want and less of what we don’t want a few simple questions can keep you on the right path. Before carrying out a request or a task ask yourself the important questions like ‘’is this what I really want in life’’, ‘’ is this what makes me happy ‘’ is doing this moving me closer to my goals and objectives’’ if it is not then I would certainly think twice about doing it.
4) Once you have mastered time you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade! (Anthony Robbins)
I have certainly been guilty as charged over the years on this one with a habit of trying to do too many things at once. Starting out with great enthusiasm and lots of short-term goals that I believe will be completed. I usually find as Anthony Robbins say’s that I have overestimated the task. A more unhurried step by step goals program combined with a detailed life design plan will put you back on track.
The step by step method is best
5) Lifestyle is the art of discovering Ways to live uniquely (Jim Rohn)
The emphasis here should very much be on the word uniquely. My take on this is you have the right to live your life the way you want to. There are many who have broken away from the normal 9-5 rat race in exchange for their own personal freedom and freedom is a word that can mean different things to different folk. Technology has opened up many doors and the world is your oyster so to speak. The location independent life enabling you to travel and live anywhere in the world doing work you are passionate about sure sounds like one unique way to live. I think what ever uniquely is to you the sentence that excites me most is having the the freedom of location, time and choice, now that is powerful. It is of course true that you don’t have to live overseas to be location independent, you can design your own unique and perfect lifestyle right where you are.
6) Don’t wait time will never be just right (Napoleon Hill)
Waiting for time to be just right is probably the major thief of all opportunity and the mother as it were of procrastination. Sometimes getting started can be the hardest thing and we postpone in the hope of a better time. We have prepared paid close attention to the detail and left no stone unturned, but still the time is not right. The time of course will never be right, but the important thing is just to start. Often I have found that once started things just seem to fall in to place anyway and you can always correct the course along the way.
7) The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time (Bertrand Russell)
It is important with life design or on a smaller scale day design to schedule periods of doing nothing time. By doing nothing I mean time you enjoy wasting and as the quote say’s ‘’ the time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
8) Anything great is long in the making (Lao Zi)
All great achievements require time (Maya Angelou)
Putting together your plan with short, mid and long-term goals and continuing on the daily journey of the realisation of these goals takes time. There are no short cuts and anything great is certainly long in the making, but by doing this you will certainly be placing yourself in an elite group.
Patience and time are required
9) The plan of the day is made in the morning
In fact I would say better still the plan of the day is best made the night before. A favourite quote from Jim Rohn is ‘’don’t begin the day until you’ve finished it’’. However the big plan would have been made some time ago and these are now the daily steps of the journey.
1) Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
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2) The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
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3) Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
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4) The Treasury Of Quotes: Jim Rohn
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