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“Lifestyle Design” is an interesting concept.
Very practically, it refers to intentionally designing how you want to live your days, and designing your life FOR that.
But, how do you ACTUALLY do it?
The truth is, it’s NOT an easy path.
It requires you to get really honest with yourself, to make some hard decisions and sacrifices in the pursuit of the thing you most want… and then to do the work required to make it happen.
“Lifestyle Design’ requires a conscious — and sometimes uncomfortable — series of decisions and actions, and I do think that’s why many of us continue on autopilot and maintain the status quo.
In today’s podcast episode, I am walking you through some very practical steps that I am taking to get more intentional about lifestyle design and how you can implement them, too!
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What Are You Optimising For?
The first step is to be clear on what you are optimising for. Without a clear vision for where you want to go, it’s very difficult to get there!
Setting a vision for your “endgame” requires you to intentionally plan for the profit, lifestyle and goals you have in mind five years from now, SO THAT you can start to take action to reverse engineer into it.
Define Your Perfect Average Week
The truth is that once you have your endgame clear, there is a lot that you can be doing RIGHT now to bring it to life.
So much of the time, we engage in what I like to call “then-ing” – a way of thinking that goes like this: Once I have X, THEN I will feel happier / be successful etc.
The truth is, there is a lot you can do to design your weeks RIGHT NOW to give you the things that you are attaching to your ultimate endgame. This game of business (and life!) is a marathon, not a sprint, so define your endgame AND at the same time structure your perfect average week so that you can start to enjoy some of those things now.
Project planning refers to the actions you are going to take on a quarterly, weekly and daily basis to move you incrementally closer to your endgame. It’s not about doing ALL OF THE THINGS — it’s about intentionally focusing on the RIGHT things.
Very practically, you can do this by:
- Creating 1-3 key projects each quarter that will move you closer to your endgame;
- List out ALL of the tasks required to get those projects done; and
- Put 12 of them on your plate each week.
Each day, you should have NO MORE than three key, needle moving tasks to get done. This is how you can reverse engineer into your weeks without burning out.
The importance of project planning is SO THAT you can define what a productive day and week looks like.
If you have high ambitions, it’s easy to keep working ALL. THE. TIME.
The “antidote” is intentionally defining done as having accomplished the big needle movers for the day, after which you can feel a sense of accomplishment and turn your mind to “non work” items.
If you are feeling out of alignment and very much NOT in the Lifestyle Business Sweet Spot right now, the BEST thing you can do is to take fast action. What is your BIG desire, and how can you start to move towards it NOW – not in three, six or 12 months.
The truth is, although sometimes it’s easy to “surrender” control because can it make us feel like it’s not our fault (and that can feel comforting), we are always in 100% control. Acting as though you are ALWAYS responsible for everything in your life is the best way to move forward.