What if you were on vacation 24/7?
What would your life look like?
Where would you travel?
Who would you hang out with?
What would you do every day?
If you follow the 5 steps in this letter today, these are questions you'll have to ask yourself.
So many people work like slaves just to make their next dollar.
I see people working 14-hour days just to barely make ends meet.
They wake up at 5 AM and drive to a job they hate.
They come home and barely get time to talk to friends and family.
The only thing they have time for is sleep.
These people are stuck in what I call the Vicious cycle.
If you're stuck in a vicious cycle, what's the purpose of life?
Right now, you might be asking...
"What is the vicious cycle?"
The vicious cycle is what keeps most people back in life.
It's hard to break free from it if you're not aware that you're in it.
It's even harder to break free if you don't have habits in place to guide you.
Then there's the person that seems like they're living life on easy mode.
They wake up when they want to.
They work when they want to.
And they make BANK.
I've seen both, and I've been both.
When you see both people, you have to stop and ask yourself...
"What are those two people doing differently?"
Once you figure out the patterns, you can do less of what the first person is doing - and more of what the 2nd person is doing.
Let's break down the patterns of the first person.
These patterns are what I've seen in my life and other people's lives...
Those are just a few of person #1's patterns.
Then we have person number 2 and their patterns.
Remember, we're all on a habit loop.
Everything in our life is a result of the habits we've built.
If we can change our habits, we can change our life.
It's not as hard as you might think it is.
But here's what most people do when they try to change their habits.
How Most People Try To Change Their Habits
Cut out all fun.
Do too much at once.
Do too many HARD things at once.
Try to change their entire life in one day.
Listen to people that don't have the same goals as them.
Lose sight of WHY they're changing their habits in the first place.
How can you sustain a habit if you cut out all of the fun in your life?
The better question is...
Why would you want a life that cuts out all fun?
How could you keep that going?
The answer is... You can't.
That's why most people can't change their habits and live the good life.
A friend of mine asked me how to live the digital nomad lifestyle.
His question was,
"How do you work anywhere in the world and live the good life?"
That question made me think really hard.
I couldn't put my finger on the answer for a while.
But something finally clicked in my mind this week.
The digital Nomad lifestyle is whatever you want it to be.
My digital nomad life is going to look different than yours.
Below is what a digital nomad life means for me:
The Digital Nomad Lifestyle
Freedom to travel where you want, when you want.
Freedom to work on what you want, how you want.
Freedom to hang with who you want, when you want.
Notice how everything is related to FREEDOM!
If you don't have freedom, then what's the purpose of a lifestyle?
Everything you do in life should lead you to freedom.
Freedom to hang with your kids, spouse, friends, and family.
Freedom to travel the world.
Freedom to make an impact YOUR WAY.
Here are the 5 habits of the digital nomad lifestyle.
These 5 habits will help you live the life you desire and avoid burnout
5 Habits of a Digital Nomad
If you want to:
Travel the world.
Make more money than ever before.
And live life with the people you enjoy the most.
Without burning out.
Here are the 5 habits to build for yourself.
These 5 habits have helped me.
And they can help you too.
Step 1 - Change Your Environment.
You have to be in an environment that you enjoy.
When I'm alone, I'm not happy.
For example - I have a one-bedroom apartment in Dallas, and I'm almost never there.
I have to get out of the apartment and be around people to feel productive.
I usually go to a coffee shop, WeWork, or just go outside and work.
Working remote doesn't have to mean being alone.
As a matter of fact, working remotely should open you up to being around more people than if you were stuck in a 9-5 cubicle all day.
If I'm alone in my own home, I feel lonely.
And when I feel lonely, I'm not productive.
PS - I'm writing this article in Sunny, Southern California.
There's so much to do in California; it's WILD.
I went sailing yesterday, and it's a far cry from the landlocked world of Dallas, Texas.
Dallas is cool, but it's no Oceanside, California.
No matter what people say, go live where YOU want to live at.
You only get one life.
Don't let people who say,
"Oh, that place is so expensive, and the gas is so high, and the politics are so bad"
Stop you from living in a place you're happy in.
Live in a place that brings you life, and you'll find a way to survive.
Humans are adaptable.
You'll figure out a way to live anywhere in the world.
If other people are living there, you can live there too.
Step 2 - Change who you hang out with.
When you're around productive people, you'll be productive too.
The people you hang out with are just as important as the environment you place yourself in.
When you have other people that are fun to hang out with, you naturally want to be around them as much as possible.
This is the key to the next 3 steps.
The goal of a digital nomad is to:
Get the right things done, and hang out with people that are fun to be around.
There's no point in doing a bunch of work, and making tons of money, just to be around miserable people.
Don't hang around backbiting, gossiping people.
They'll drain the life out of you.
I've been there and done that.
It's not fun.
Be around people that have your back, and have your best interests at heart.
People that don't judge you.
People that you can be your authentic self around.
Those are the people that you want to work hard for.
Those are the people that you will look forward to hanging out with when you're done with work each day.
Step 3 - Set 3 clear priorities for the next day.
Before we dive into this step, you need to:
Identify WHERE you want to go in life.
Without a clear vision for your life, you can't set priorities.
Get extremely clear on:
What you want to do
And who you want to be.
When you do that, then you can set priorities that push you toward that vision.
Here's a good test that lets you know if you understand your vision...
You can explain your vision/goals in one or two sentences.
If you can't explain your goals in less than 2 sentences, you don't have a clear vision.
Once you have a vision for your life, the next step is to set priorities each day.
When you go to bed at night, you need to set your priorities for the next day.
This is what millionaires do.
In Tim Ferriss's book - The 4-hour Workweek, he says:
"You shouldn't have more than 2 mission-critical tasks to do each day."
If you prioritize right, those 2 mission-critical tasks should take care of everything else each day.
In life, only a few things really matter.
Do the 20% of things that make the 80% difference.
I have 3 priorities each day.
I believe that if you get 3 important things done each day, you can do whatever you want for the rest of the day.
There shouldn't be 10 things on your to-do list.
If there are, identify the 3 mission-critical things that, if you finish them, will make the biggest impact on life that day.
Do those things, and you win the day.
Step 4 - Set a deadline to complete your 3 priorities.
When you set your priorities, use Parkinson's law.
Parkinson's law says:
"Work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion."
That's a fancy way to say...
Get your work done as fast as possible, and only focus on the mission-critical things that need to get done to finish your work.
If you have to build a PowerPoint presentation and you have a week to finish it, you'll spend a week doing it.
But if you have a day to finish it, you'll finish it in a day.
So the goal here is to identify what needs to be done in order to make progress.
Then attack that task and finish it as soon as possible so you can go enjoy life.
The goal of a digital nomad is NOT to do work for work's sake.
It's to get the right things done as soon as possible and enjoy this beautiful world that God created for you!
If you have a huge mission, break it down into milestones.
For example, I'm re-doing the Email Specialist mock exams.
That takes longer than one day to finish.
So I'll work on those mock exams for 45 minutes per day.
Once I'm done for the day, I go to my next mission-critical task for the day.
I repeat that process every day until I finish re-doing the Email Specialist mock exams.
Step 5 - Look Forward to Something Every Day.
This is the biggest thing.
This is the part where you live life.
So many people work work work and don't ever play.
What's the point in making all this money if you never enjoy it?
For me, I enjoy spending time with close friends and family.
Yesterday, I went sailing, but before that - I wrote some of this letter to you and worked on the Email Specialist mock exams.
When I was working, I knew that I needed to knock out my stuff so I could enjoy the sailing trip on the ocean.
And that's what I did.
There should always be something that you're looking forward to in the day.
Even if it's just a walk in the park or a conversation with a friend.
Life is meant to be lived.
The goal in life is not to work for work's sake.
There's more to life than deadlines, calendar invites, and meetings.
Get out there and have a glimmer of hope to look forward to.
It makes all the hard work worth it.
Note To Self:
These are the 5 habits that have worked for me.
These habits allow me to have happiness and joy in the everyday grind of life.
Life can be tough, but if you have systems in place, you can let the systems do the work.
Habits are just systems.
Once you put them to work, they work for you.
After 30 to 60 days, you don't even realize you're doing them.
But they're working behind the scenes to build the life you want.
These 5 habits are your system for productivity and a digital nomad lifestyle.
PS - My biggest piece of recommendation is to get a Monk Manual.
I don't get paid at all to promote the Monk Manual.
Their journal just works for me.
The Monk Manual will help you:
Write your priorities
Set your deadlines
And identify what you're looking forward to.
When you write things down, they become real.
When things are stuck in your head, they get lost in the chaos within your mind.
With that said, I'm done with priority number 1 for the day:
Write the Weekly newsletter
Now I'm going to the Lego Convention in Los Angeles.
The Lego convention is what I'm looking forward to on this beautiful Sunday.
See what I did there 😉
Lifestyle design in action.
Let me know if this letter helped you in any way.
Be free and live the life you want to live!
Kaelan Moss - MinuteAdmin Out ✌🏽
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