Lifeflow, Flow for short, is to life as workflow is to work. Your Flow is simply the daily processes, protocols, systems, habits, routines, and rituals you use each day. Ideally they are designed to create a balance between making progress on your Dream, maintaining a healthy mind and body, and enjoying the journey.
Something that should be kept in mind when designing and implementing one’s Flow is the balance between short-term happiness and sacrificing short-term happiness for progress towards one’s long-term goals. Sacrificing short-term happiness for long-term progress is sometimes necessary for “life satisfaction”.
“The key here is memory. Satisfaction is retrospective. Happiness occurs in real time. In Kahneman’s work, he found that people tell themselves a story about their lives, which may or may not add up to a pleasing tale. Yet, our day-to-day experiences yield positive feelings that may not advance that longer story, necessarily. Memory is enduring. Feelings pass.”A Nobel Prize-winning psychologist says most people don’t really want to be happy, QZ.com, Ephrat Livni, December 21, 2018
I will have ideally slept 8 or more hours and have at least 2 hours free in the morning to do the following.
- Make the bed
- Weigh myself and record it in Samsung Health
- Brush my teeth
- Drink water
- Take vitamins (currently vitamin B complex and fish oil)
- Meditate (currently 1 hour and eight minutes) I use InsightTimer
- Complete morning chores
- Put away dry dishes and wash any dishes from the day before
- Hang up laundry and put remaining clothes in the dryer
- Clean litter boxes (every M, W, and F)
- Stretch (currently doing a variation of the Yijin Jing)
The afternoon is when I work on the Dream of my 108-day cycle
This is a time for social activities with my wife, friends, or myself (video games, additional writing, reading, music, TV/movies, YouTube, art, etc.)
My evening routine is currently a work in progress. Something like this would be ideal.
- Shut off electronics 1 hour before bedtime
- Take meds
- Go to sleep with 9 hour window for sleeping
Anytime Daily Tasks
These are simple tasks that can be done pretty much whenever I have down time. I have a low minimum goal to hit, but it usually leads to far greater results than the minimum. I currently only have two.
- Read one page of a book
Intermittent Fasting (IF)
I started experimenting with IF as a means of managing my weight and for the associated health benefits (Johns Hopkins | Harvard | Healthline). I do a minimum of 16:8 (16 hour fast with an 8 hour eating window), but I really like going longer periods of time (20+ hours).
Apps and Tools I Use
There are a number of apps I use to aid my Flow.
Canva (Website | Google Play Store) – Canva is a really useful tool when you want to make a quick design for social media. I specifically use it to make daily updates about the progress with my 108-day cycle. Here’s an example of a post.
Sleep as Android (Website | Google Play Store) – This is the first app I used in the morning and the last app I use at night. I use Sleep as Android to monitor my sleep health. Sleep is my number one priority in life above all things in terms of mental and physical health management. If sleep isn’t your NUMBER ONE PRIORITY I highly recommend reading or listening to the book Why We Sleep. I don’t know of a good iPhone equivalent to Sleep as Android, but I’m sure there’s one out there.
OFFTIME (Website | Google Play Store)- I stay away from social media until I fully complete my morning routine. If necessary I activate OFFTIME to block apps like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Alternatively you can just put your phone somewhere hard to reach.
Loop Habit Tracker (Website | Google Play Store) – I have all of my daily habits organized as widget buttons on a home screen listed in the order that I do them. I swipe over and click them as I get them done. This is an Android only app. HabitBull seems like it could be a good replacement app for the iPhone.
InsightTimer (Website | Google Play Store) – I use InsightTimer to track my meditation. There are a wide variety of meditations available on this app for free. There are also different communities you can join. I meditate on a meditation cushion and mat.
eMoods (Website | Google Play Store) – Straight from their website… “eMoods is a user-friendly app for patients to track symptom data relating to Bipolar I and II disorders, Depression, PTSD, and Anxiety Disorders”. I use eMoods at the end of the day. I rate my levels of elevated mood, depression, anxiety, and irritability. I can also track the meds I’m taking inside of it.
Mood Meter (Website | Google Play Store) – Straight from the website… “A gift of self awareness for yourself, and for others. Based on decades of research from Yale. Tell your Mood Meter mobile app how you feel and build emotional intelligence that lasts a lifetime.” I like this app because it increases my emotional vocabulary. It’s based on science and is something anyone can use to help understand their emotions better.
Tracking my mood is important for me because I have Bipolar 1. I can go from zero to “crazy” real fast. If I’m monitoring my mood I have a much better chance of spotting patterns and making life adjustments in response to the change in my mood and energy.
- they have a table of contents you can fill out as you use it or when you finish it
- they come with stickers to label and organize them
- the paper is of a high quality
- there are perforated sheets in the back in case you want to write someone a note and rip it out
They’re expensive but when you start keeping journals for decades, the higher quality paper and design is greatly appreciated.
Pilot Juice up 04 (Amazon) – This is my current favorite pen.
Audible (Website | Google Play Store) – Sometimes I listen to books.
Samsung Health – I was always hesitant to use Samsung Health, but my wife bought me a Samsung smartwatch so I connected it to the health app.