What is Lifestyle Design?

Lifestyle Design means living a self-directed life in which you design your life to be what YOU want it to be.

It is a powerful idea that we have the ability to say ‘NO’ to every single thing we don’t like about our lives.

We’re not boxed in.

We don’t have to be unhappy.

Our current situation may be unfulfilling, yet comfortable, safe, and tolerable.

But that doesn’t mean we’re living to our fullest potential. It doesn’t enable us to pursue and experience the best in the world.

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich calls this the ‘living dead.’

We’re living within the pre-established boundaries of conventional thinking. Most people don’t test these basic assumptions on life.

With Lifestyle Design, however, you’ll discover that some of life’s constraints are imposed upon us. In reality, they don’t have to stand in our way.

Life doesn’t have to be so damn hard. It really doesn’t. Most people, myself included, have spent too much time convincing themselves that life has to be hard, a resignation to 9-5 drudgery in exchange for (sometimes) relaxing weekends and the occasional keep-it-short-or-get-fired vacations.

Tim Ferriss

So what is Lifestyle Design about in practice?

Lifestyle Design is About Options

Design your life so it enables you to do more of what matters to you

Lifestyle Design is the ability to choose.

Having options is the real power. It’s not just about starting your own business, or working to make the most money possible, or being a digital nomad and living all over the globe. It could be a fully remote job which enables you to stay home with your family. Or it could be starting a side business where you invest minimal effort but make a good sum of money which enables you to take a lower paying job you’re truly passionate about.

It doesn’t mean you have to do something risky or adventurous. It could look like a very ordinary life.

The point is that options become limitless if you choose to look at it that way.

You control what you want and don’t want in your life.

Lifestyle Design is About Controlling Your Time and Mobility

Lifestyle Design means taking control. Saying ‘NO’ to the predetermined blueprint or rules for what a successful life looks like and deciding for yourself what success means to you.

It means freeing up your time and mobility so that YOU make your own schedule. Whatever you see as a goal, a value, or a priority in life, comes first.  

Lifestyle Design is About Balance

The focus of Lifestyle Design isn’t on living to “save it all for the end,” only to find life has passed you by.

It also isn’t aggressively sacrificing your “now” to retire early.

Lifestyle Design doesn’t make you choose between enjoyment today or money tomorrow.

The goal is a balance between work and adventures. It’s about time flexibility which enables you to enjoy more NOW rather than wait.

You can have both. The goal is both fun AND profit.

Lifestyle Design does not mean you won’t have to work super hard. You absolutely will still work hard. But it also allows for working smart – working less hours, being more productive, and finding ways to automate income.

It prevents work for work’s sake: sitting behind a desk because you’re “on the clock.” Rather, it’s about quality.

Inactivity isn’t the goal. Doing what excites you is.

You should always be looking to pursue your passions, discover new ones, redefine your dreams, and partake in old or new hobbies that you otherwise “don’t have time for.”

Lifestyle Design means creating a life you don’t need a break from.

Signs You Might Benefit From Lifestyle Design

  • You feel a wave of dread or even anxiety every Sunday about the coming week, even if you have no pressing deadlines
  • As a result, you feel you can’t truly ENJOY your free time
  • You waste a lot of your free time
  • You have trouble focusing on tasks at work or otherwise
  • You frequently procrastinate your work, wasting more time and making you less productive
  • You’re always looking forward to the next weekend, and ultimately, your next vacation
  • You don’t look forward to waking up to go to work
  • You consciously know you’re not doing something you want to do long term but you don’t know what else you’d do or you’re scared to try

Chances are, most people living in the modern world have experienced at least one if not multiple of the items on the list above. But it’s what we’re trained to think life has to be. We’re conditioned to believe we have to make the sacrifices above as a means to an end.

But there are lateral options, which become available to us when we test our basic assumptions.

Replacing these basic assumptions is what Lifestyle Design is all about.

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