The author of The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss, has quickly become THE guy to go to when puzzled with questions about lifestyle design. He is never afraid to test and improve his methods, and his experiments show us that it’s possible to go well beyond the ordinary limits of our human minds and bodies.
Still, in many ways, most of us are very different from him and do not seek the same kind of lifestyle Tim is after.
Tim is a single guy who thrives traveling the world. We have families to take care and would love nothing more than to spend more time with them.
Tim goes to the gym twice or more every day and has a perfect six-pack. We would be happy just to lose the few extra pounds of belly fat.
And so on.
Tim Ferris is a bit like a movie star or a figure in a fairy tale — a guy from some other world than the one I live in.
Lifestyle Design Doesn’t Mean Becoming Tim Ferriss
Lifestyle design is about figuring out what YOU want in life and then finding ways to make that dream to become reality. Making room for the things you love, one small action and choice at the time.
For someone like Tim, the life he wants can be about exercising many times a day and winning tango competitions in Argentina. And that’s just fine. But it’s important to remember that for you the dream could be something entirely different: growing tomatoes, baking fresh bread, and building castles from Lego bricks are just as good choices in your lifestyle design as the fancier sounding Ferraris and trips to the Amazon.
Here are some highlights from the more down-to-earth lifestyle design posts (many written by other dads) that I have enjoyed lately, mixed with some favorites from this blog’s archives:
- Being A Good Parent *Is* Being Productive
- Getting (Some) Things Done With a Baby in the House
- The 7 Essential Rules To Optimum Health & Weight Loss
- (The Key to Life is) Running, Reading… and Writing
- How to Live Without the Clock
- Eliminate Distraction: The 8 Things to Let Go First
- Working Vacations Rule?
- Why I Read All The Time And How You Can Too
- 5 Small Lessons Learned From Carrying a Notebook Everywhere
And a Question to You
If lifestyle design means nothing else than figuring out what you want your life to be like, and then engineering your thoughts and actions so that they get you closer to that goal, why not start now? There is nothing mysterious or snobbish about it. And definitely, there is a lot for the normal people, moms, dads, guys from across the street to gain from it.
So, here’s my question: If you were to start designing your lifestyle today, what is it that you would aim for?