How do you define Lifestyle Design?

January 27, 2011

Lifestyle Design seems to be a term that’s thrown around a lot, especially online. It’s kind of become a cool and hip thing to say, something that makes anyone you meet go Ohhhh when you mention it.

And then they walk away wondering what the heck you’re talking about.

Rocking chair on the deck, on Flickr by Ed Yourdon

As popular of a term it seems to be lately, I wish more people would throw it around a little less and think about it’s real meaning a little more.

Call it lifestyle design, time freedom, work-life balance, whatever you’d like. What does it mean to you? If someone asked you what you would do if time and money were no option, what comes to mind first? How would you define it for yourself?

–> Perhaps it’s time, you’re attracted to the idea of having all the time in the world to do what you want. Travel or family or community service or your dream job.

–> Maybe the first thing you think of is happiness. Having more of it, more often.

–> Or maybe it reminds you of remaking and restructuring your life, changing everything around. Maybe it would include the guidance of a professional.

–> Thinking lifestyle design could even bring up images of your perfect self – the happiest, healthiest, most successful and educated and productive ‘you’ you could be.

Your list of definitions or even how to define could go on forever. The point here? Just think about it. Don’t worry about the term, don’t worry about the hubbub around the topic, just decide to store the question in the back of your mind as you move about living your life. Decide to define it for yourself. Prioritize figuring out what designing your life means to you.

What first comes to mind when you hear the term Lifestyle Design?

“Living life the way you want to.” –Tim Jahn

“Experiencing The Life You Want. Major assumption: you’ve taken the time to know what you want w/ 100% certainty” –Kevin M Roy

“To have the time & money to not compromise how you live your life.” –Mike Clouse

“Tim Ferriss! Also, anything from someone making suggestions as to how you can improve your life, all the way to some sort of desired bullying to make you change your habits for the better.” –Lukas Bott

“Choice. Independence.” –Grant Peelle

Promise me you’ll at least think about it, if you haven’t already. Consider the fancy terms and catchy definitions of others, but define it for yourself. Be ok with modifying the definition as your life changes and evolves. Be ok with defining it in a way that no one else ever has.

Just…define it.

Remember that you can’t take action toward a trendy-phrased something if you haven’t specifically defined that something for yourself.

You with me?

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