Finding balance in your life?
Want to get your life back?
A few years ago, I applied a simple concept to optimize what I was doing daily. It was simply to do 5 little things each day to get me closer to my goals. Back then, that goal was to grow my network. So all I did daily for over a year was:
- Follow 5 new people everyday
- Start 5 conversation with people I don’t know
- Say hello to 5 old friends
- Retweet at least 5 people
- Add 5 new people on Facebook
- Comment on 5 blog posts
The idea was to go slowly but surely. I was aiming for a snowball effect to grow my network to where it is today.
Then, I got busy. I started my internship, started work and started my own company.
This simple concept was left forgotten. More recently, I found that life was overwhelming me. I was in Thailand for a business trip when I realized that my life had gone off track.
I felt tired and felt there were too many unnecessary distractions in my life.
Too many media news, updates, rss updates etc. It was just too much for me to handle. I felt like I was working more but work wasn’t getting completed. I just felt like running away.
I had also become unhealthy.
When I got back to Malaysia, I told myself that it’s time to do something about my life. I decided to clear everything up.
I decided to bring back the concept of doing 5 small things daily, dust it off its shelf, and implement this in my life again. It started with my health. I needed more energy!
This was my number priority to put it to concept to the test. Instead of going all crazy and eating clean. I started doing 5 simple small tasks. They were:
- Avoid sugary drinks / carbonated drinks. Take a bottle of water EVERYWHERE.
- Eat cleaner, but start with one clean meal a day per week.
- Start a simple bodyweight exercise at least 5 minutes a day.
- Eat breakfast in the morning.
- Write down my goals and remind myself every morning.
From there, I slowly added it up little by little. From working out 5 minutes a day, it became 20 minutes etc. Last month, on my birthday I was happy to share that I’ve managed to lose over 30 pounds. Yay! You can read my story here.
Recently, I started to apply this small concept in my everyday life.
Of course, being me, I had to give it a name!
I called it….. ‘Power of Wu” aka POW!
What is the Power of Wu aka ‘POW’?
The Chinese character “Wu” has different meanings to it depending on its intonation. Here are some of it:
五, which means the number 5.
The number five has important meaning to the Chinese. To us, it represents the Five Elements, which are:
These elements are regarded as the basis of the world. It’s basically the fundamental of balance for the Chinese. We also believe many good things comes in fives. For example, one would wish you
务 which means task or business.
What I do is simple. Like my fitness. I basically simplify my life into 5 things. What does this mean for me? That means I’ll simplify my life to only be:
- Following 5 mentors.
- ‘Eat up’ 5 business books.
- Read only 5 marketing blogs.
- Read 5 blogs that are not marketing related.
- 5 Apps
This also means in the future, blog posts from this blog and some of Post Planner will come in Fives .
You see, this is not only about me. I want to simplify your life as well.
I don’t think we need 100 social media tips. Although that is great for traffic, but is it applicable for me and you? What if I took the best 5 out of the 100 and tell you that you should only be doing those 5? For example:
- 5 best tools you should be using for social media
- 5 best tips to simplify your life
- 5 blogs you need to read
- 5 apps to increase your productivity
- 5 everything!
You get where I’m heading with this right?
The reason why I’m planning to do this is because I believe we get caught up with too much information.
Previously I was reading so many blogs, I felt it was consuming so much of my time. I was overwhelmed. I was lost.
Today, it’s all about finding the balance.Now I’m only following 5 blogs and those blogs keeps me up to date enough. I don’t need to follow news from other sites as closely as I used to.
FIVE is just enough for me.
POW for me is what keeping me balance.
This allows me and YOU to make time for what is truly important. I’ll be using this concept into build a better version of me daily.
At the very least, I’m hoping that I’m headed towards the right direction.
high 5! Aaron