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Lifestyle Design: What Is It? How Does It Work?

By Rita Wilkins
The Downsizing Designer

Let me ask you a question.

Did you jump out of bed today so excited about doing work you love,

being with people you love, and doing what lights you up?


Did you have to drag yourself out of bed, dreading going to a job you can’t stand, being with people you can barely tolerate?

Two different people.

Two different experiences of their life.

Which of the two do you most relate to?

What if I told you that it’s possible to design the life that you want to live…

  • One that aligns with what matters most to you.
  • One that would make you want to jump out of bed each morning.

That’s what lifestyle design is… designing a life you love!

Lifestyle design is…

  • Living your life on purpose rather than by default.

  • Take control of your own life and live it on your own terms regardless of your circumstances.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to live a life you love. It’s about choosing how you want to spend your time, money, and energy.

For example:

  • You could choose to work 24/7 or you could choose to spend more time with your family each night at dinner.
  • You could choose to work at a job you can’t stand with people you just tolerate or you could seek another job that is more fulfilling yet provides a good income.

None of this is easy. But the question becomes do you want to live that life you want to jump out of bed for or do you want to continue living a status quo life?

The choice is yours!

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1. Define what matters most to you in all areas of your life

Relationships, career, health, spirituality, fun, and adventure, etc.

2. Create a vision for the life you want… and don’t want

Do you want to work remotely so you can spend more quality time with your children?

Do you want to move closer to your kids so you can spend more time with them and your grandchildren?

Do you want to travel to places you’ve never been?

3.     Prioritize your time

Who do you want to spend more time with?

Where do you want to be?

How do you want to spend your time?

Time is one of our most precious resources. We can never get it back.

Create boundaries around commitments that don’t align with what matters most to you and prototype a new lifestyle.

4. Prioritize how you spend and use your resources

Before you buy that fancy new car or the newest gadget, ask yourself if enhances the life you truly want.

Does it add value to your life and does it align with what matters to you? Or

Are you spending money and resources because you are being influenced by trends and social expectations?


Bottom line: 

Lifestyle design is about creating, designing, and prioritizing the life you really want. One that aligns with what matters most to you.

It is about saying no to status-quo living.

It is about challenging yourself to take control, and live life on your terms, not someone else’s.

Even the smallest decisions you make each day can make the most significant difference to taking one step closer to living the life you really want.

It’s about living an ordinary life or an extraordinary life.

Which would you choose? The choice is yours!

“Everyone dies, but not everyone has truly lived.” ~ CS Lewis

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