Success in Creativity, Commerce, or any other discipline doesn’t necessarily lead to success in Life, as can be inferred from the many examples of “successful” people who had or have an unfulfilled Life.
I do not have everything figured out; still, here are some things that have helped me have a better Life over the years and that might help you too:
Practices & Resources—
–The Alexander Technique.
–The Wisdom of Trauma.
-Going into nature often.
-Using a planner.
–Not using social media.
–Minimizing screen time.
-Keeping my devices’ screens on grayscale most of the time.
-Keeping my phone on offline mode most of the time.
-Going on media diets, e.g., no mindless internet use, etc.
-Only using my phone or the internet intentionally and constructively.
-Reading from a physical book every day, however little.
-Exercising daily, however briefly.
-Combining flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular training.
-Keeping journal-size notebooks.
-Keeping a pocket-size notebook and a pen on me.
–Meditating each day.
-Being open to therapy or any other form of asking for help.
-Caring about my diet.
-Only eating red meat on special occasions.
-Minimizing gluten intake.
–Caring about my sleep.
–Sleep with Me podcast for nights of insomnia.
-Sleeping with a weighted blanket.
-Nurturing meaningful relationships.
–Doing my best to maintain contact with people I know.
-Letting go of negative relationships.
-Prioritizing real-life interactions over digital interactions.
-Developing my voice.
-Training in a martial art.
-Learning via deliberate practice.
-Writing a gratitude list each morning.
-Journaling each evening.
–The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life by Pedro de Alcantara
–Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
–El arte de amar por Erich Fromm
–The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
–Body Learning by Michael J. Gelb
–Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber
–Changing for Good by Dr. James Prochaska et al.
–The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
–Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
–Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
–Eight Dates by Dr. John Gottman et al.
–Food Rules by Michael Pollan
–Grieving Is Loving by Joanne Cacciatore
–A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
–Hell Yeah or No by Derek Sivers
–Indirect Procedures by Pedro de Alcantara
–In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Dr. Gabor Maté
–Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
–Lettres à son frère Théo de Vincent van Gogh
–The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
–Los límites del amor por Walter Riso
–Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
–Maravillosamente imperfecto, escandalosamente feliz por Walter Riso
–Meditaciones por Marco Aurelio
–On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
–The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
–Peak by K. Anders Ericcson and Robert Pool
–Small Is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher
–Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff
–Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
–When The Body Says No by Dr. Gabor Maté
–Ya te dije adiós, ahora cómo te olvido por Walter Riso