What do you want to be?
Richer? Thinner? Happier? More popular? More successful? All of the above?
When I launched My Instruction Manual last month, I wanted to create a guidebook for being human. I knew this would help me and I hoped it would help others too. My initial vision was to focus my journey on three things: 1) becoming happier, 2) becoming healthier and 3) becoming more productive.
For this post, I want your help.
I want you to let me know if this is the right list. Does happier, healthier and more productive cover everything that matters? Or are there other important themes that are missing?
You can help shape this blog by scrolling down to the comments and letting me know what you think.
But first, here’s how I see the three categories:
- “Happier” will include posts about growth, gratitude, stress, human relationships and mindfulness. Recent posts in this category include a book review of The Happiness Project and a post about why personal growth is so vital to our happiness.
- “Healthier” deals with eating right and exercise. So far, I’ve written posts about whether fatty foods make you fat and my proposed new version of the four food groups.
- “More Productive” includes achieving goals, motivation, time management and personal organization. This category includes posts about bullet journals and tracking resolutions daily.
I’ve also written several posts that are about self improvement / personal development more broadly (eg: How bad things can make us better), and some off-topic #SundayFunday posts (eg: The top 10 television dramas).
I asked Facebook what was missing from the three broad categories I outlined. Some of the great suggestions included how to be more kind, how to have more meaningful relationships, how to find balance, how to manage money, how to build resilience, how to be happy at work and how to make the world a better place.
What do you think? Are the categories of Happiness, Health and Productivity the right ones for a manual on how to live life right? What do you think is important that doesn’t fit into one of these? Or is one of these not deserving of its own category?
Please scroll down and leave your thoughts in the comments below.