There’s nothing like the act of simplifying, condensing and consolidating our life habits to live more fully.
If we only have one life, each year is pivotal in our story, each week is potentially legendary to our life’s direction.
We need to gain the most value from the right motivations, the top tools, the most inspiring people.
Our life is a canvas, but it’s also a competition, a competition with ourselves.
To surpass our limits, to hack our potential, means striving in a more concentrated way each day.
Bite Sized Life Hacks
1. Build up your Vitality
Do things that energize you and build up your energy. Think about it, who doesn’t want to be more filled with positive energy.
2. Slot Peak Productivity Time Wisely
Presumably you know when you are most productive, for me it’s 7 AM to 1 PM on a Monday. I can accomplish incredible things at that time. How about you?
3. Schedule Friends Like you Would Schedule Sleep
Friendship is our buffer against the world, therefore like sleep, amazing things can happen in our brain when we talk with true friends. They listen to us and give us a secret window to the world. Scheduling time with them is like nurturing ourselves.
4. Out-Grow Social Media and App-Spam
Many of us grew up spending too much time on social media and in a fake attention economy in apps. These walled gardens exploit our time, without giving us much in return. Do you want to be part of the captive herd audience?
5. Learn a 2nd or 3rd Language
We are all global citizens in the post-modern age, our country of origin should not limit our opportunities. Learn the most useful languages of the future, languages like Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi or Arabic.
6. Commit to Valuing Work, Relationships, Family and Self in Equal Measures
It’s easy to become a drone to our profession, or to become a slave to our relationships. But neither will really bring us true fulfillment will it? So what are the pillars of our life, and how can we achieve a balanced harmony among them? Value them equally.
7. Nurture Interests Not Distractions
Video games, Netflix, Apps and “doing nothing” may be easy to fall into, but it’s our innate and growing interests that nourish our humanity. Never forget that. If we don’t socialize and read prolifically, our interests will remain more or less narrow. If we are distracted, we won’t be even socializing or reading frequently enough to inspire us. It’s just math! Choose your distractions wisely.
8. Invest in Experiences Not Stuff
GenZ and young Millennials are turning consumerism on its head, because they are showing us the new consumer values experiences. Possessions and shopping don’t fulfill us, but experiences can create rewards that continue to influence us over time. I can travel to a new country and be forever changed by it. The most you experience, the more curious you become. Experience is the best teacher, because it is natural and not forced.
9. You Are your Best Friend
We all talk to ourselves, not always in the most pleasant manner. Changing this is super important, that’s why writing things down, creating lists and writing a journal can be helpful. We’re always in a state of getting to know ourselves, it’s never permanent because time and our environment is fluid. Choosing to motivate yourself requires a high level of rapport, trust and commitment to goals all of you agree upon. Relying on ourselves means not playing Good cop or Bad cop too much with our own self-dialogue, but having the right tone and empathy.
10. Learn to Ignore Cravings
So we live in a world that gets us addicted to Sugar, News, Binge watching, Apps, Inactivity, Screens, Social Media, Notifications, Video Games and so many other things. But what if we could say no more often to these things than yes, what would we be doing instead? Who would we be? You won’t know unless you try. We need to replace the pull of the world, with our own free-will. But can you do it?