Do you ever feel overwhelmed and unfulfilled?
Ok, silly question, we all feel overwhelmed and unfulfilled at times, but do you feel like this the majority of the time?
Are you’re ‘doing it all’ rather than ‘having it all’?
Do you feel like your life is passing you by and you spend most of your time doing stuff you’d rather not be doing?
Lifestyle Design could be the answer.
The term ‘Lifestyle Design’ was coined by Timothy Ferriss in his book The 4-Hour Work Week which became an online phenomena a few years back. I’ve read the book and although many of the ideas aren’t workable for a lot of people (like becoming location free) there are many ideas that we could all gain from exploring. As with all alternative ideas/lifestyles you need to keep an open mind and take the bits you think you can apply to your own life that you will benefit from.
What is Lifestyle Design?
Lifestyle Design is the designing of your life to make it more authentic, that is more in keeping with your true goals and passions in life. For Timothy and his followers this relates to personal growth opportunities, adventure, leisure and the ability to be location free (their income is either passive or their work is based online enabling them to travel the world with their laptop). Not ideal or even a goal for many of us but I think we’d all like a bit more freedom?
If it all sounds unachievable, don’t write the idea of just yet because I think we can all take something from this idea of Lifestyle Design.
What can we take from Lifestyle Design
At its core the idea behind Lifestyle Design is to create a life that prioritises the priorities. For many of us the main part of our existence is the pursuit of earning money. It seems that many of us do this with no fixed idea of how much we need to earn and no specific end goals. We go to work earn money and try to get promoted to earn more money. Have many of us actually sat down and worked out a life plan and how much we actually need to acheive that plan? Probably not, I hadn’t until I read the book.
In his book Timothy says
People don’t want to be millionaires, they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy
Timothy goes on to show you that you can live the life you want on much less than you think.
It can be a really interesting exercise to just sit down and have a good think about how you want your life to be, and how much that would actually cost, rather than getting sucked into the global marketing machine that keeps us working in a job we don’t like, for things we don’t want, to impress people that don’t really matter.