The Beginner’s Guide to Lifestyle Design
Lifestyle Design is a phrase you’ve probably seen thrown around on many freelancing, blogging, location independence and productivity websites (including here on WSR). It was coined by Tim Ferriss for his book, The 4 Hour Work Week, and his blog, Experiments in Lifestyle Design. Simply put, Lifestyle Design is what happens when a person takes inventory of their interests, hobbies, passions and goals and formulates a plan to which they can adhere that will lead to the actualization of their ideal lifestyle. This usually means leaving a job, selling a bunch of stuff, and freelancing or blogging or starting your own business.
The Lifestyle Design movement is rapidly growing and winning more and more followers every day. In this post, you’ll be able to get more acquainted with the movement and its leaders through a collection of videos, posts, and resources created by various talented and respected authors in the community.
What is Lifestyle Design? – A great introduction to what Lifestyle Design is and what it means to you.
The Art of Lifestyle Design – The building blocks necessary to create the life you want.
This is How I’d Design my Ideal Lifestyle; Now How About Yours? – An example of what your Lifestyle Design goals might look like.
Lifestyle Design: A Framework and Guide to the Blogosphere That will Help You Do It – An awesome post on how to examine your life, define your ideal lifestyle and make moves toward reaching your goals.
The No B.S. Guide to Designing Your Own Life – Important advice for getting started.
Idea Lifestyle Costing – How much would your ideal lifestyle cost? A lot less than you think.
Abolishing the Someday Mindset – How to start changing your life today.
Five Blogs to Keep You Motivated on Your Journey To Freedom – A list of sites that will get you through the hard times.
A Brief Guide to World Domination – Probably the single most effective thing you can read if you are unmotivated and unproductive.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
10 Lessons Learned on a Six Month Sabbatical – Taking a sabbatical is an amazing, rejuvenating and life-changing experience.
How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Living the Life You Want – you need to learn to minimize procrastination so you can work toward things that matter, things that directly relate to your goals.
Quitting Your Job
5 Signs You’re Not Ready to Take the Plunge – Make sure everything on this list has been taken care of before you quit.
6 Things You Must Do Before You Leave The Rat Race – Doing these things will make everything a lot easier. Believe me.
30 Days to Become a Freelancer – Skellie’s day-by-day guide to getting up and running in 30 days. [Suggested by Lea Woodward]
Why This Recession Is A Great Time For New Freelancers – Now is your chance to start a career as a freelancer and never look back on that corporate job.
A Comprehensive Guide to Starting Your Freelance Career – The most detailed explanation you’ll probably ever see on a blog.
Freelancing 101: The Basics – Things to consider before you get started.
Nine Factors To Consider When Determining Your Price – One of the toughest things for beginning freelancers and how to figure it out.
5 Tricks That Make You More Attractive To Clients – Tips on how to impress your clients and gain new ones.
279 Days to Overnight Success – I read this before starting WSR. Great advice.
21 Tips for Getting 500 Subscribers in 90 Days with No Blogging Experience – Awesome advice from one of the top Lifestyle Design bloggers.
Create a Word of Mouth Rush with Street Teams – How to leverage your biggest fans into passionate marketing.
Introduction to Location Independence – Cody McKibben explains the location independent movement.
Building Your Location Independent Online Business – Part one of an eight part series.
10 Digital Nomads to Learn From – Use the stories these pioneers tell to inspire you and help you plan your exit strategy.
64 Ways Location Independent People Earn Money – Inspiration for business ideas.
One Destination or Ten? When is it Wise to Stay in One Place – This post explores the advantages and disadvantages of staying in one location for an extended period and why, for some people it might be the ideal kind of LIP lifestyle.
Digital Nomad Families
How to Travel the World as a Digital Nomad Family – Yes… It’s possible!
How to do Extended Travel and Mini-Retirements – 70% of families would like to do extended travel together. A family can travel the world and live large for much less than living at home
People You Need To Know
Tim Ferriss – Entrepreneur and author of The 4-Hour Work Week. Coined the phrase “Lifestyle Design.” Twitter: @tferriss
Jonathan and Lea Woodward – Founded LocationIndependent.com, the site that pretty much kicked off the location independent movement. Twitter: @jonwoodward and @leawoodward
Leo Babauta – Creator of ZenHabits, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) productivity/lifestyle design blogs on the web. Twitter: @zen_habits
Corbett Barr – Corbett is the founder of FreePursuits, one of my all-time favorite blogs. He recently returned from a 6-month sabbatical in Mexico. Twitter: @FreePursuits
Sean Ogle – Sean created Location 180, a blog that aims to help others achieve their goals in travel, lifestyle design and entrepreneurship. Twitter: @SeanOgle
Chris Guillebeau – Chris runs The Art of Non-Conformity and is the author of the most badass manifesto on the internet (A Brief Guide To World Domination). He has visited 117 out of 197 countries and is planning to have visited every country in the world by his (I think) 35th birthday. Twitter: @chrisguillebeau
I hope to keep expanding this post in the future with more people and videos and posts to help those interested in designing their lifestyles.
Anyone I left out? Any post you think belongs? Let me know in the comments!