Do you want to live your life on your terms and conditions? This post highlights 8 principles that you can adopt to become the chief architect of your life. It’s time to design your life plan and live the way you want!
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
If you had to design your ideal day from the moment you wake up to when you go to sleep – what does that look like? Some things to consider…
- You want to love the work you are doing and be intrinsically motivated
- You want to feel calm, energized and content
- You want to make a contribution
- You want to have fun and make money
- You want meaningful relationships
- You want to experience self-care guilt free
- You want to say no with confidence
Now that you have the picture in your mind of what you want, it is up to you to become the architect of your life and design your own curriculum. What are the key skills or habits you will need to get you to that place? Depending on your field and what shifts you are looking to make, it could be public speaking, communication & EQ skills, meditation, cycling, coding or video editing for example.
This is not only about acquiring career skills but equally about how you want to experience your days. 2020 has been the year of the great amplifier.
If you were always stressed, now your stress levels are through the roof. If you weren’t great at self-care, its most likely non-existent. If you always gave 100%, you are shooting lights out at 110% and if you tried to escape in between the cracks and not get noticed, you may have disappeared off the grid.
There is no clear path or visibility what the future will hold so you need to take responsibility and accountability for your development path. Don’t wait for something or someone to give you permission to pursue your growth, take charge of it. Now that you have a roadmap of where you want to go and how you want to experience your days, what can you take action on today to make that vision a reality?
You can never predict the exact path of getting from A to B but you can create the toolbox of what you will need for the journey.
Here are 8 principles of life you can adopt today to start acquiring these skills:
Principle 1: Schedule and protect
“How we schedule our days is how we spend our lives” – Gretchen Rubin
The golden rule of time management – if it gets scheduled, it gets done. You can’t wake up hoping that the walk or reading time will magically fit into your day. Often, the reason you don’t follow through is not because you lack motivation, it’s because you lack clarity.
You need to create what James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, calls an implementation intention. This is about setting a clear date, time and location of where you will perform the task.
You also want to put the right task in focus at the right time. This means you need to be acutely aware of your energy levels throughout the day. If you are a morning person, then definitely schedule a more cognitive and active task early in the morning. If you are hitting a slump in the afternoon, then that is not the time to decide you are making progress on your blogging career. Something like admin or less intensive tasks would suit that slot or even better, schedule a break.
If you know you are a night owl and only go to bed at 11 PM, then scheduling a new habit like exercise at 6AM is futile. Just because there is advice on creating a morning routine, doesn’t mean you need to torture yourself into an unrealistic goal. It will only decrease your motivation and ultimately you’ll give up.