In Japan, honne and tatamae are principles that can explain your behaviors and thoughts. Honne would be your true thoughts and sense of self, while tatamae are the social facades that put up for a social group. You can say that we have many faces: one that we show to ourselves, one to our family and friends, and another to the wider world. If that is true, then it makes sense that our lives are segmented. This is true mostly because there are activities and events that occur in our personal life that we do not share with others, and elements offer professional lives that are only shared with a select few.
Maintaining that perfect work-life balance is difficult and truly elusive. It might take a lifetime to master, but what if there was a way for you to segment yourself into manageable pieces for the sake of your sanity? Well, there is actually a great system for that.
The Ideal Life Planning System is a simple, but effective way to divide your life into small segments that you tackle individually. First, we all have [professional] and personal lives. It doesn’t matter who you are, we all have personal ambitions and work-related ones, so it makes sense to create two main divisions here.
When examining your personal life, you need to look at the different elements that make up your private affairs. For some, this would be their fitness, health, hobbies, and family life. These subdivisions are crucial because they each have different objectives. You should do the same for your work life: examine the elements of it and note your main objectives for each month in the year. Keep this short and simple. You can easily keep track of this in the Yearly Overview.
Break down each element into smaller segments. For example, if your aim for your health is to regulate your sleeping patterns, then create a game plan for that. Be specific and give yourself an end goal, in this case, it would be six hours per night. Using the Ideal Life Planning System, you can put this in your Weekly Overview under “habits”. When you want to change your behavior, it is best to do so gradually. Also, don’t make too many changes at once, you might become overwhelmed and abandon all of your efforts.
This world for all new habits you want to curate. Using this to track your success will help you become more disciplined. It takes about one month to create a habit, so pursuing them for a long period of time will make it second nature.
For your Monthly Overview, you have the choice of two spreads, use whichever you are most comfortable with. These spreads are undated so they aren’t seasonal. For extensive work projects and timelines, you can break up your goals into a monthly spread dedicated to work. This way, you have a clean look at what your work timeline should be. You can also have a monthly spread dedicated to special events and other important dates in your personal life.
Once you have broken up your main objectives into target goals, go the extra mile and create a roadmap. This is where the rest of your Weekly Overview comes into play. Organize your appointments and schedule here. You can see what you want to accomplish for each week, so now you are closer to reaching your main objectives. Use this to merge all aspects of your life because the segmentation was only to allow you to create your own roadmap.
The spreads for the Daily Overview is great for reflection. The left side is blank for jotting down quick notes and reminders and the right side gives you a holistic approach to your productivity. There is a space that was made for you to note something you are grateful for; at the end of the day, it’s one way to show appreciation for the things you might take for granted. Right below that is a to-do list for the small things that come up every day.
The Ideal Life Planning System is a simple way to break down the seemingly endless pile of work you have to do into a manageable system that is fluid enough to withstand the unpredictability of life.
Create a unique user experience on your website.
It's the simplest way to get your message across.
Stay In The Know
Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to get back up when you take a break? Do you wonder why? It’s similar to how a car works when the engine is engaged and then it can run for miles, but leave it to rest for a long time and you will probably have to call the mechanic. You can’t call a mechanic to kick start your mind’s engines, however, you have to be able to jumpstart yourself.Read More
Everyone is goal-oriented. Even though some repeat it on their CV to boost their profile, it is an inherent trait for those who want to see growth. In fact, we can all agree that scratching things off of our to-do list gives us a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. The problem with being addicted to box-checking is that we find ourselves creating tasks that are unnecessary but easy to accomplish to boost our sense of productivity.Read More
When you’ve done something wrong, how often do you come to terms with it, apologize to those who were wronged, and learn from it? More importantly, how many times have you blamed someone else or some other external factor that you have no control over? Sometimes, things happen that are completely out of our control, but how many times do will pick the “safe” route and hold someone or something else accountable.Read More
When you find yourself stuck in a mental space, then it is time to take some time to look at yourself. You can’t really change who you are. Your core, which is the truest form of yourself, is something that should be nurtured. This is the raw essence of who you are. Before you can tap into that you have to identify it. When you are stuck, it is because you aren’t sure about your abilities.Read More
Everyone finds that they have a different level of tolerance for the outside world. We can find that we a sensitive to the environment, people or even objects. These signs of life show us that we can all become irritable with the many stimuli around us. Putting it all together, it is safe to say that we are all sensitive. Distractions are all around us. The most common one seems to be the devices we use so often.Read More
Changing your career isn’t easy. It takes a lot of analysis and decisiveness to pursue your passions. STEP 1: AM I HAPPY IN MY CURRENT STATE? Assess your situation and determine if where you are is where you want to remain for the next 2-3 years. Determine if you are financially able to leave your position and support yourself before things get going for your new “Self-Project.” STEP 2: GET YOUR LOVED ONES INVOLVED.Read More