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If you are like me, you don't have a lot of time on your hands so you need to know exactly what your diving into before committing. If you are here it is clear that you are person who values self-improvement and views challenges and conflict not as a threat but as an opportunity for growth. If you are here, you're ready to take a serious look at the values, habits, routines, and actions of your life up to this point and be willing to seriously reconsider some things in the name of a more meaningful, purposeful and joyful life! If you are here, you are prepared to carve some space out of your days and weeks ahead by learning the tools, tips and practices that will give you hundreds of hours a year back which have previously been spent (unintentionally even) on unimportant and unessential things. If you are here, you are committed and ready to start living the real so let's get started already.


What is Living the Real?

You may be asking yourself right about now, what is living the real? Great question! In short, it is about happiness. We can never truly be happy if we are constantly fixated on the next thing in our life. Living the real is about reorienting ourselves toward a life of encounter which is the ability to truly appreciate, learn, and be motivated from living in the present moment. The more we live in the present, the more we will experience meaning and purpose in our life. Unfortunately, we live in a culture which values busyness for busyness sake. The purpose of this website is to offer a comprehensive solution to a problematic cultural phenomena of  busier being better when in reality busier is about being bruised, battered, and broke(n). My very first blog spends a fair amount of time unpacking this theme. Check it out: Toward Living the Real.

As I continue to write on the general theme of living the real, you can access those particular writings by checking out my "living the real" section of my blog.


The Three Principles of Living the Real

This website is dedicated to the three principles of living a more meaningful, purposeful, effective, creative and joyful life which is nothing other than life in pursuit of living the real. These three principles are:

  • The Ordered Life: This is all about creating adequate and intentional space in life for the purpose of discovering greater meaning and purpose. Without this space, any approach of determining what is essential and most valuable will be ineffective, ruling any organizational systems and strategies we adopt will only further push us to a life of busyness for busyness sake.  Please see my post on The Lost Art of Happy Life: The First Step Toward Living the Real. Additional posts about this principle can be read by checking out "The Ordered Life" section of my blog.
  • The Essential Life: This addresses the tendency to live busy but ineffective lives. Once the pursuit of order becomes a daily routine, the potential to live a more essential life becomes a real possibility. This is a life stripped of all things unessential, pursuing a more intentional life by not feeling the burden to be “all things to all people.” If you feel as if you are doing more than you have every done before but feel as if you have made no real progress in life (however you define that), then these writings are for you and will be tremendously transformative. As I continue to push out more material on The Essential Life, you will be able to find it easily by checking out "The Essential Life" section of my blog.
  • The Organized Life: Where most people begin, I end. If we are actively and routinely engaging the principles of an ordered life, have spent the time and energy discovering what are the real essentials in our life, then we are ready to approach the organized life most effectively. The purpose of the organized life is to create a system of triggers that work for you only triggering those things that are essential, leaving the unessential items safely archived but in a place that never distracts from the essential life. Whether you are currently using a system or have never used one before, these writings will save you hundreds of hours a year through exceptional focus. Prepare to learn and master some of the greatest tools available today like Omnifocus, Toodledo, Evernote, iThoughts, Text Expander, Alfred and so much more. Want to get started now? Check out "The Organized Life" section of my blog (this will continue to develop as more material is published).