How To Be Happier: Primary Priority, State Blocking, Dream Achievement, Levels Of Luxury…

Whether you realize it or not, you need to know how to be happier. It’s what everyone wants, it’s what we do everything for, and it’s my primary priority both personally and professionally. If you’ve been following for the last few years, you’ve seen a lot of focus on happiness and you’re going to see a lot more.

In this podcast I sit down with my man Nick Nerov to chop it up on the pursuit of happiness, we cover:

– Happiness is your goal whether you realize it or not
– Managing daily happiness through hourly state blocking
– Post freedom/dream achievemen/depression
– Understanding your happiness/negativity trigger
– Managing perfectionism
– Leveling up to higher levels of luxury
– Little things to look forward
– Nick on the importance of having happiness accountability partners
– Celebrating small victories
– Happiness as returning to your natural state
– Importance of removing yourself from the workforce/liberating your time and revenue
– Recognizing when you have nothing to lose
– How working a job is horrible for your happiness
– Planning your ideal day
– Double edged sword of awareness
– Utilizing chasing your dream for your happiness
– Infallible gurus/realistic expectations of happiness/positivity
– Importance of enjoying your work for happiness
– Managing perfectionism to increase happiness
– Making others happy to be happier yourself
– Happiness through not caring about other people’s opinions

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  1. Alright, let’s leave the feedback Nick prompted your readership for at roughly 1:22.

    How to Get Organized is by far your best work.
    I see it as a work in progress, though: unlike your other books, it might actually lend itself well to at least a 2nd edition.

    When it comes to daily tasks list, I adopt an approach stricter than yours: it’s composed by the following items (my day job schedule is quite weird, with a long lunch break):
    – 07:00 – 08:00
    – 08:00 – 12:00
    – 12:00 – 15:30
    – 15:30 – 20:30
    – 20:30 – 24:00
    Each of the above items contains the various things I have to do in that time-lapse.
    So, for example, 07:00 – 08:00 is:
    – bodyweight training
    – grooming
    – shower
    – email

    As far as criticisms go, I’ve got a couple of minutiae:
    1. Why keeping the list of < 200 things in Evernote, when you recommend Drive for cloud in later chapters?
    2. The Media chapter would greatly benefit from some screenshots like those you put into the Wunderlist one.

    That's it.

  2. Great points Alberto, and thank you for your kind words as well as for applying the sytem.

    The stricter system is good if it works for you, I had a really strict system at one point but it became restritive for me. With that said, I’m more in the cruise phase then I am in the blast phase at this point. Either way, whatever works for you is the right move.

    As far as your criticisms

    1. I like to keep reference notes in evernote, and documents I don’t reference in drive – ie. tax returns because evernote is easier to access.
    2. I’ll keep that in mind for the second addition

    Thanks again for the great feedback. Would be happy to hear how the system has affected your life, if it has.

  3. Yes, in the last year the whole RLD system has greatly improved my life.
    In particular, I’ve been recommending How to Get Organized to a lot of people.

    I think the stricter daily-tasks-list is beneficial to those whose existence is still really messy, particularly when it comes to becoming a morning person.
    Once it’s become second nature, I think you can reduce the pressure.

    Right now, I’m following the plan you describe in your articles and videos:
    – I’m saving the equivalent in euros of $ 1000+ every month
    – I’m doing what I need to do in order to start my freelance programming business.

    As soon as I have >= $ 25000 in the bank, and a profitable (by western standards*) business, I’m going to come to Chiang Mai.
    Even though it wouldn’t be automated income, I would already consider it a “luxury” business, for computer programming is my passion.

    The only other self-improvement resource that I recommend is GLL.
    Still, it isn’t practical and to the point as yours.

    Hopefully, soon enough I’ll buy you a drink.

    * Yes, I don’t want to have to relocate and bootstrap at the same time: I want to leave the matrix once and for all.

  4. – Terrfic to hear and thank you.
    – Agree with your first point.
    – Great to hear you’ve got your gameplan together
    – Also good to hear on your travel gameplan, that’s a good goal
    – I agree that GLL has a lot of good stuff, but I appreciat your compliment
    – Agreed on not bootstrapping and relocating at the same time – recipe for failure – one most “nomads” follow to the letter

    2k a month in revenue and 10k in savings is what I reccomend as a minimum barrier for entry before you go expat. Also you need the mental toughness of a man to live away from home in a completely foreign country. Most kids I see come out with barely any money, try and start a dropshipping biz, it flops then they end up going home. Very few guys become permanent expats – you want to be one of the few, and that means coming at it as a pro from the get go, and the mentality is entrepeneur not nomad. Savings, plus revenue, plus mental discipline plus mental toughness before you come out.

    Sounds like you’re on the right path though, you’ll be killing it in no time. And thanks for your feedback.

    FYI, for interested guys, you can check out my review of Chiang Mai’s “digital nomad” scene here (it’s not flattering :

  5. This podcast/video really helped my attitude with the small tasks in life. Some might watch it and say: Being in good state hour to hour isn’t enough, you need big goals. Those people would be correct, but they miss the point.
    The hour to hour state control is used alongside big goals/mission. The goals and mission will give you a deeper long term happiness/satisfaction.
    But every day, even if you aren’t where you want to be, you have some small immediate choices. Which will make you happier; a clean or messy room? Greasy bloating food or healthy food? You get my point in any case.

    I guess what I’m saying is I realized I don’t “have to” make my bed. Or clean up. But I genuinely prefer it. Not even that I’m more productive (well, that too) but I literally feel happier minute to minute if my space is clean, I’m well groomed, I’m showered, etc.

    Seeing it like that, these things are choices that I make to make myself happy, not obligations.

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