Businesses expend a lot of effort to deliver intentional outcomes, and then optimize practices to better achieve them. Yet many of us drift through life and expect our goals to just fall into place. We exhaust all our strategic thinking during the hours of 9 to 5 and leave the rest up to chance.
I’m aiming for financial freedom, health and wellbeing, and finding purpose. I try to take some of the thinking and frameworks that are used with success in the corporate world and apply them to my own, everyday life.
Increase productivity, reassess life goals and reduce stress using techniques that have been proven in the work place…. or at least make some nice looking spreadsheets in the process.
I share some of the insights that have helped me, and I hope can help others.
My 2022 focus has morphed from ‘fun’ and ‘passion projects’ into building a more sustainable lifestyle that is better for my mental health. One aspect of this is to reduce the amount of stress that I feel. This is partly the pressure that I feel through my job, but it is also the small stresses… Continue reading 1% stress reductions for my daily routine
Inflation is starting to rise pretty much all over the world. Cash rates have gone up, which will almost certainly be followed by interest rates on mortgages, and the cost of basic goods and fuel has increased. Inflation really starts to bite when wages don’t increase, reducing spending power. The macro economic effects might be… Continue reading Adjusting to inflation rises
Over the years I’ve simplified my exercise routine to something that is easily repeatable, and focuses on the areas I want to improve. Gone are the complex systems of cardio, strength and flexibility days. Instead, I have a 60 minute session (including shower time!) that I can go through as many times per week as… Continue reading My simple work-out routine
April has been a bit of a re-set month. I had two weeks’ holiday in Tasmania, went on a one week training course and some of my work pressures turned a corner. The much needed time out has given me some time to reflect. My 2022 goals, to focus on fun and passion projects, have… Continue reading April 2022 update – getting clear on my goals
This year, one of my projects was to try out freelance writing as a side-hustle. I did it for three months, from January to March. It took me a while to work out how to get started, as many of the articles I read weren’t very helpful and others that I reached out to were… Continue reading Lessons learnt on freelance writing
It’s Autumn in the Southern hemisphere, but the change of season and temperate weather means it’s a good time for a deep clean (see my post on timing chores for when they are easier to complete). I schedule two deep cleans each year – one in the spring and then one in autumn. This avoids… Continue reading Items to add to your spring cleaning routine
If you’re part of the millions that are rethinking your jobs after Covid, but haven’t quite made the move to join the Great Resignation, you might be feeling a bit stuck. We’ve all been there, doing a job you dislike, but somehow the pandemic is instilling a new urgency to do something about it. Covid… Continue reading How to make work bearable
This year I’m focusing on spending some time on passion projects, some of which revolve around writing (see my 2022 plan). One of the activities I’ve explored is using Vocal to publish some of the short stories that I had lurking in my Google drive (see my stories posted here). Whilst it was a good… Continue reading Is Vocal worth it?
2022 is my year to focus on fun and passion projects (see my plan here), but I also continue to track my health and wellbeing and personal finances, which have been focuses in previous years. March has been another busy month with work, and I haven’t had the balance right with my personal goals and… Continue reading March 2022 update – Fun, passion projects, health and finance
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