What is Lifestyle Design?

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You’ve undoubtedly heard the term, but what exactly is lifestyle design? Depending on who you ask, you’ll hear a lot of different answers. And that’s because, much like self-care, lifestyle design is personal, and each of us is a unique individual with differing desires when it comes to how we experience life. At LivingUpp, we have a pretty clear vision of lifestyle design. For more details, read on.

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What is Lifestyle Design?

While Tim Ferriss may be known for coining the term “Lifestyle Design” in his book The 4-Hour Workweek*, his definition isn’t the only one that exists.

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The 4-Hour Workweek focuses primarily on strategies for creating a passive income, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But lifestyle design is about much more than earning money.

In fact, some have criticized Ferriss’ perspective on lifestyle design. One Medium author, for example, went as far as saying it “offends the living shit” out of him. But regardless of your take on his idea of lifestyle design, one thing is certain: you don’t need the approval of anyone to create a life you love.

At LivingUpp we see Lifestyle Design a little differently. We see it as the process of getting clear about how you want to experience your life and then creating the conditions to manifest it. And that requires a few important essentials, not least of which is a self-care plan.

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So, whether or not you choose to create a form of passive income, the process of lifestyle design includes regularly assessing your life circumstances, prioritizing your needs and desires, envisioning your ideals, planning, committing, and enlisting strategies that move you toward manifesting your goals.

Self-Care is a Powerful Lifestyle Tool

It’s probably not surprising that self-care lies at the heart of lifestyle design. In order to achieve our goals, we need to be operating at our best.

A comprehensive, 8-dimensional self-care plan is a powerful tool. When you pour all of your energy into just one or two areas of your life, it usually means you’re neglecting other important areas. And that can have can a negative impact on your overall well-being. Here’s an overview of LivingUpp’s 8-Dimensional Self-Care Framework to help you cover all your bases and develop a supportive foundation:

Systemic: How you eat, move and rest

Emotive: How you express yourself

Luminescent: How you illuminate your inner truth

Financial: How you allocate your resources

Cognitive: How you think

Aptitudinal: How you contribute to the world

Relational: How you connect with others

Environmental: How you harmonize with nature

NOTE: The first letter of each dimension spells the word “SELF-CARE.”

Learn more about each of the 8 dimensions in Uppward: A Self-Care System for Purposeful Living*

How you choose to design your life depends on your unique personality, beliefs, values, strengths, and interests. Your best lifestyle will support your greatest needs, not someone else’s. And it should leave you feeling confident and capable. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time to revise your plan.

It’s Time to Design Your Life

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