Chris J Powell

Life Hacks Revisited – and Updated

My life has become a bit of a tangled mess of both interesting new adventures and mundane continuations of the drama that was before it was turned upside down.  I really enjoy the Krispy that I am becoming.  I am standing on my own two feet, moving forward and truly looking forward to what tomorrow has to offer and then reality sometimes creeps in to reveal that life is not really meant to be rainbows and unicorns.

In many ways the Life Hacks that I have instituted into my life to help me remain focused on what I will be next June when the first year of my development into Krispy 2.0 is complete are going along…slowly.  I am finding that the loss of 1/3 of myself (weight wise) has started to add some unique challenges like joints that for no apparent reason slip out (shoulder and knee especially) and that while I am eating relatively healthy foods, I seem to be affected by common colds and flu like illnesses on a far more alarming rate.

The new me does tend to sleep better (at least a couple nights a week) and this leads me to better focus during the day (with out the need of the 2nd or 3rd pot of coffee).  I am finding that the distractions of the world do have me acting more and more like a dog in that every time a shiny bobble (new game or Facebook Post) pops up on my screen I head off in an untenable tangent for what seems like hours and then I find myself feeling guilty for not applying myself to the Lifehacks that I set out to achieve.

That is why, at the 5 month mark of this transformation I am going to be getting down to business in a big hurry and really focusing on building a real schedule for myself.  This schedule will enable me to accomplish the things that I determined to be important…and will enable me to be in a place that I can look back on and be proud of the accomplishment in June 2015!

Some of the refocused Lifehacks:

Calendar Hack

I have no less than a dozen email addresses but I recently was lucky enough to get included into the Gmail Inbox application.  This amazing tool enables me to really focus on the tasks that are important to me and the Calendar portion of this application will allow me to place a real focus on my own productivity.  For at least the next 6 months I am going to have a duality to my life that is a bit of a time challenge because I will server two masters…my employer and myself…so the 10 hours that I am away from home each day will have its own focus…but the 14 hours that I am here…I am going to block out every moment for the things that I need to do…and for the next 7 months I am going to diligently strive to work towards living up to my weekly schedule.  Within those 14 hours of “me time” I have a lot of things that I want to accomplish…but at the same time I will not sacrifice my health anymore to achieve them…so early to bed and early to rise!

Budget Hack

There is no second income to fall back on now that I am single.  I have both fixed and variable expenses and I have things that I want to achieve by June of 2015.  Circumstances have also precluded that I MUST learn how to budget and therefor I have been getting really good about my daily allowances and tracking all of my spending habits over the past 60 days…at this point I think that I can now really apply a focus to both where my money comes from…and where it goes and in theory…have a little left over for a rainy day.

Lifestyle Hack

When I sat down and started looking at how both my Time and my Money was spent…I realized that beyond Work…I rarely leave my house.  I do not really have a network of friends or even people that I have common interests that I hang out with.  Sure I have my daughter and my girlfriend and both are amazing people that go a long way to complete me and help to shape me into the new person that I will become…but I do need to find more than just that.  I can’t just LIVE to WORK or allow myself to only exist to WORK to LIVE.  I have to find a balance…but for a person like myself that beyond the words I put to screen…I am not much of a “go out and meet new people” kind of guy…but that much change.  Life is about balance…and balanced I will become.

Declutter Hack

I have a lot of “Stuff” and much of it has been packed away in a box, or on a shelf never to be pulled out.  I have also shrunk my body to levels that I have no clothes that fit and when I get dressed in the morning…I look like Omar the Tent Maker dressed me as my shirts and pants droop…so part of my budget hack is to start to build a new wardrobe of clothes that fit…but at the same time help define a new style for myself.

So as you can see, there are 4 things that I am focused on achieving over the next several months.  It is not going to be easy but coming out of it at the end…I think will be more than worth the effort.

Are you hacking your life to?  Share your hacks in the comments…maybe we can help each other in building new realities!




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