I've been called unbalanced many times. Not mentally unbalanced (that I know of), but unbalanced in terms of how I spend my time. I spent a whole year doing nothing but pickup. Three years doing nothing but working 12+ hours a day. A lot of time traveling like a maniac. Sometimes people think I work way too much, sometimes way too little. Where's the moderation?
Multitasking was a really sexy until every study proved that monotasking was better. Focus on one thing, then another, then another. Don't try to do all three at once. Extreme focus led to balanced productivity in the end.
I think the same is true on a larger scale. Dedicating your life to mastery in a certain area for months or years at a time unlocks benefits not otherwise available. When your life is "about" something, you prioritize better, go deeper, and get help more from people.
Most people who know me would probably use "well-rounded" to describe me. And if you look at my history, you'd probably agree. I've seen a lot of the world, produced a lot of work, have some level of mastery over social skills, have hard technical skills, and have checked so many items off my bucket list that I probably need a new bucket.
But if you look at my day-to-day life, you'd probably never call it well-rounded. I have hardcore routines and rules and live a life of discipline for the most part. But that sort of daily life can both be enjoyable and create a well rounded person and experience.
Conventional wisdom isn't always wise, especially when applied to an individual. While it can be a good starting point, a good life strategy is to decide what you want and then go towards it using whatever means makes the most sense to you. And if it doesn't work, keep experimenting.
It may not be the right long-term cadence for everyone, but I'd recommend focusing exclusively on one aspect of your life for months or years, and seeing how you like it. You may find, as I have, that doing so gives better long-term balance.
Photo is a white Puerh tea.
I'm on a ship, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, working on my next book. I'm extremely excited about this one... as I schedule this post (on friday), I've written most of the outline. Hardcore writing starts in an hour when we're out of LTE range.
To stay focus and motivated have an anchor. Here is a french project I found on IndieGogo. I'm convinced it can help: indiegogo.com/projects/infinite-watch-your-time-is-here
“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar
Buddy, you are getting lazy. "Conventional wisdom isn't always wise, especially when applied to an individual." Not exactly profound. I am also curious, you had a bet to write everyday. Why not post what you write daily?
Like this! Also check the about, so impressed by your life experience and achievement. Seems so exciting!
There's a writing project on our website, wondering if you like to share some thoughts on life, or anything you are passionate about. Sharing something here on your blog is a great idea too. Wouldn't it be great to share things with people and see they benefit from it, physically or mentally?
Anyway, will keep following your blog, and hope you can consider my proprosal. Thanks!
You can do this while young with no major obligations, or as an old person who has left the obligations of life behind. Once you decide to commit yourself to other people in your daily life (wife, multiple children or entrepeneur giving 5 or 50 or 500 people a job they can make a living of or whatever you can imagine) you need a well-rounded day-to-day routine or it´s not going to work.
Whatever brings peace of mind, contentment and some regular happiness I say. Once in a committed relationship and then when/if children arrive, your laser focus may be challenged or cause relationship obstacles. One river, many wells.....
I've given up on doing my yearly or bi-yearly goals. Why? I don't actually do them, and I don't actually care. I like having a somewhat chaotic life, changing my priorities and focus as I go along. Most of the time when I look back at my previous incomplete goals I'm glad I didn't complete them, or at least I'm glad I sacrificed them for other goals. When I do actually complete a yearly goal, it tends to be because it remained important to me, not because I was constantly referring back to my goal list.
This year I'm going to try something a little bit different. I'm going to cover what I did this year and what I could have done better.
Here's what I did that I'm happy about:
I'm really, really flattered to have one of my pieces appear in Lifehacker. Lifehacker always has such a depth of cool things happening on there, and it's a great place to go search for ideas on how to improve your life.
So I ask myself, what are people from Lifehacker going to enjoy checking out on the site?
Well, the "New? Start Here" page would be an okay place to start. But I haven't updated it with some of the successful recent articles.
How to Get a Raise was extremely popular.
Whilst talking about money and business, “We don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 per day.” also spread like wildfire, though had a more controversial reaction - while most people liked How to Get a Raise, $10,000 per day was either loved or hated.