This post is inspired by a chapter in, Creative Confidence, by David and Tom Kelly. Its written in a different way, more like an outline or bullet points.
In the chapter of “Start Designing Your Life” its suggested to
- Do field research on myself by looking for unmet needs in my own daily routine.
- My unmet needs are similar to other people.
- Drowning in student loan debt.
- Not enough time to explore other interests.
- Often feeling unfulfilled – seek out other volunteering opportunities.
- Generate ideas about what changes in my behavior that may be viable, feasible, and desirable.
- Set my clothes out for the week and not change what I’ve chosen.
- Make a detailed calendar and stick to it – if something doesn’t go to plan write out why.
- Keep my room and work space clean daily.
- Record improvements I can quickly prototype, test, and iterate.
- The calendar – I can use google calendar and access that on my mobile phone.
- Be INTENTIONAL about choosing actions I can take right now that might add more JOY AND MEANING to my own life and the lives of the people around me.
- Find out ways I can bring joy to the three to five closest people around me.
How do I work within the constraints?
- Be mindful of the idle times and think of ways they can be more useful.
- Set a timer for social media sites. Ten min or less for each platform I am active on.
What’s working and what’s not?
- Make note of what did and didn’t work (already doing this with Seth Godin,’s book Pick Four. Would be interesting to reflect daily).
How can I continue to create a positive impact?
Today is a prototype – what would I change?
- My commute to work, takes way too much energy and its a rough way to start my day after my morning devotionals.
- I’ve tried taking a local route, leaving the house earlier and I’d either get to work an hour early or just on time.
- I can try tacking the train but the schedule requires me to shift even more – getting up earlier, and getting home even later.