5 Steps to Becoming a Lifestyle Designer 333

become a lifestyle designer to reclaim your time and freedom

I believe we’re all lifestyle designers one way or another, it’s just that most people haven’t defined what they truly want and haven’t made a plan on how to get it.

We live in a world of free will, and that gives us the chance to create the ideal life for us. That means choosing how we want to spend our time, what work we want to do, and how often we want to travel. We can basically have everything we want if we take a step towards defining it today.

It’s not hard to get, and it also means saying no to many things in order to say yes to the few that you desire the most. You can’t have it all, and you don’t need to. Lifestyle designers live the way they want and do the things they enjoy. And you can do it too.

But before talking about how one can become a lifestyle designer, we’ll start by explaining what lifestyle design really is.

One of the first people who dared to speak up and define the term openly was Tim Ferriss. He dedicated a book to that almost a decade ago – The 4-Hour Workweek – and to this day is one of the most inspiring lifestyle designers.

In the book he draws a picture of the ideal lifestyle and gives everyone a step-by-step plan on how to get it.
It’s all about doing what you love, reclaiming your time and thus having the freedom to travel whenever you want without being stuck in an office 8 hours a day.

Lifestyle design doesn’t include a 9-to-5 job, but doing what you’re passionate about remotely, and eventually turning it into a business you can run from anywhere. And one day outsourcing it, being able to scale and having even more free time to do what you enjoy.
It’s the ultimate freedom and independence. And we can all have it.

In fact, there are some options for you even if you’re just about to graduate.

Tim Ferriss called lifestyle designers the New Rich and mentioned them in the very introduction of the 4HWW:

“The New Rich (NR) are those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility. This is an art and a science we will refer to as Lifestyle Design (LD).”

Another successful lifestyle designer – and an entrepreneur, writer and world traveler – that’s worth mentioning is Chris Guillebeau. In Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel The World he advises you to ask yourself whether you’re satisfied with your work and the life you live now. And that’s how you start your journey to becoming a lifestyle designer – by analyzing your current situation.

How to Become a Lifestyle Designer in 5 Steps

1. Define your ideal lifestyle.

You don’t need to start building a business today, to become rich, or do anything you’re not ready to do or don’t feel like doing.

Lifestyle design is about living life on your own terms, having the time to do all the things you want, and also eliminating what you don’t like about your current lifestyle.

What is it? Maybe there are bad habits you want to avoid, people that bring you down all the time, working a job that never lets you show your talents and unleash your potential.
Whatever it is, you can remove it.

You don’t need to answer anyone else’s expectations, to spend time doing activities that don’t bring you results, or to work just to make someone else rich without improving your skills.

Get clear about what you want in life, and about what you don’t want. That will help you take the next steps.

2. Calculate it.

In order to have the freedom, time and happiness of a lifestyle designer, you’ll have to make the money that will cover the life you want to live in the near future.
So calculate it.

Some want to travel the world while working from their laptops, others want to have the chance to just spend a few months away every year. Or you may not want to leave home at all, that’s fine too.

But think about how much all that will cost you. Most of the time it will be less than what you’re currently spending.
Once you have a number (including your free time activities, accommodation, traveling, food and other daily expenses) you’ll know what to aim at.

3. Be willing to work hard.

Here’s what Dan Andrews from TropicalMBA – a successful location independent entrepreneur – says about the willingness to work as a key ingredient of being a lifestyle designer:

“Will you challenge yourself everyday to create and build things that are valuable to yourself and others? This is different from a willingness to be employed. A rule of thumb here is the 5 hour rule. If you are willing to work on a project or craft 5+ hours a day, everyday, you are in great shape. Don’t worry if you aren’t right now, some exercises below can help.”

You need to be a hustler if you want all the freedom, mobility and opportunities we’re talking about here. You need to work hard to get it. And to make it a priority.

Also, you should know it’s a lifelong journey, and a learning process. If you’re not willing to accept it as such, maybe lifestyle design is not for you and you’ll feel more secure with a day job and average life.

4. Reclaim your time.

So what do you do to have all the time in the world and be able to go anywhere whenever you feel like?

You simply create an online business, become a freelancer, or do what you’re currently doing remotely.

It takes time, dedication, focus and initiative. Often, you may have to be doing something for free for a long time just to build your portfolio or the foundation of your business which will later bring you passive income.
But once you have that, you’ll be the richest you’ll ever be – you’ll have all the time in the world and no day job will be able to take it away from you.

Plus, you have the chance to work as much as you want, to build 6-figure businesses in a short time, to start new projects whenever you feel like, and to monetize your passions.

5. Automate what you can.

Another part of being a lifestyle designer and creating the life you desire is using the power of automation.
One way to win back your time is to automate what you can.

It all starts with using the right tools (free or paid) to make your online businesses work when you’re not on the computer.

Then, you can outsource your whole life by hiring virtual assistants and delegating your tasks for almost no money. And thus having the time to work on more important things that will bring you results.

Here are some ways to automate your income and simplify your life.
Also, check out The Psychology of Automation – a post by Ramit Sethi on how to build a bulletproof personal-finance system.

So that’s how you start your journey to becoming a lifestyle designer and living a happy and fulfilling life.
It’s nothing hard, really. All you need to begin is a definite desire and a willingness to learn and change.

So what can you do today to design the life of your dreams?

Get The Lifestyle Designer's Digest
Directly into your inbox every Monday.
Previous ArticleNext Article

Becoming Your Own Boss: Tips on Getting a Business Off The Ground 7

How Writing a Blog Can Help You Live the Life You Dream About

Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.

 

Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

4 Tips to Track Your Remote Employees' Progress Without Demoralizing Them

It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.

***

Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.