Mundane LifeFocus Card System

The Mundane LifeFocus™ Card System (beta)
Created by Jason Theodor of ThereIsNoBox.ca, to promote Routinizational-Imprinting™, a patent-pending, life-altering method to habitualize mundane everyday tasks and incrementally improve happiness and well-being over time.

UPDATE x3: LifeFocus™ Card System v6.1 beta is ready for testing. Please note that the instructions need updating, and the form field order needs to change when hitting TAB. Download it here for a limited time.

UPDATE UPDATE! LifeFocus™ Card System v6 will include prefab sets. Read more about it.
LifeFocus™ Card System v6 with Sets

UPDATE! Mundane LifeFocus™ Card System v5.1 beta 5 Day + Weekend Cut ‘n’ Fold Wallet-sized Business Card Customizable Like-Majick™ Form-Field PDF Version has been released. Further documentation will be forthcoming.
Mundane LifeFocus Card System v5 Sample

Downloads

As a start, 2 editable PDFs have been created that you can modify to suit your mundane needs. You many need an application like Adobe® Acrobat or Adobe® Illustrator to make changes. A MS Word version is in the works, as is an Excel spreadsheet to track your progress and to churn out funky statistics.

PDFs (editable)

Progress

At the end of each week, examine your progress. Examine what is working and what is not working. You are permitted to alter your cards at any time. Although it is more fun to stick with one for a few months to get some solid statistics. Create a spreadsheet to analyze your data over time.

Blank Mundane LifeFocus™ Card

Routinizer™

10 Good Habits (or more)
To customize your own MLFC™, think of some good habits you would like to enforce. These are things that you know over the course of a year are going to make a big impact in small doses. What are your goals? Where do you want to be? Are they health based, project based, house based, work based? Write 250 words towards a novel, bench press 1 extra pound a day, take a photograph of what’s in your pocket, do the dishes, say something nice to a co-worker, laugh…

Easy, Medium, Hard
Make sure to include a balance of easy, medium, and hard habits. For instance, flossing is routine with me already, but it feels good to have something I can check off every single day and get 100% on. I never seem to stretch, but at least I’m thinking about it every day and figuring out ways to remove the barriers that are preventing me from including it in my daily routine.

Portable & Accessible
Keep your accordion folded cards in your pocket with your wallet, your Hipster PDA, your palm pilot, your purse, your Moleskine™. Always have it with you, and always have a pen.

Recording
Check off an item immediately after completing it. This instant update will give you a heightened sense of accomplishment, the satisfaction of moving along a path. The act of recording your progress reinforces the routine, and also reminds you of the rest of your list. You may find yourself trying to get everything checked off earlier and earlier each day. This is the key to Routinizational- Imprinting™.

Daily Blog Posts

If you run a blog that you would like to post to every day, this is where you can keep track of your progress, and remind yourself of what still needs to get done.

Editorial Calendar

The idea of an Editorial Calendar was brought to my attention by Andy Wibbels, author and guru of blog marketing. It amounts to a commitment to publish specified content on specified days. For instance, my editorial calendar promises that on Tuesdays I post a Viral Video HQ piece. Eventually people who visit my site regularly will know that on Tuesdays they can expect this. It is a fantastic way to encourage stickiness, or repeat visits.

Weekly

These are tasks that only need to be checked off once per accordion fold.

Sleep

Sleep is a critical part of how we function, and is well worth keeping track of. I suggest marking your sleep to the closest half-hour. If you fall alseep at 12:20am, make a vertical stroke half-way between the 0 (midnight) and the first dot (which represents 1 o’clock). Then draw another vertical stroke at the time you wake up. Connect the dots, count your hours, and place the results on the HRS line. The # is to keep track of what Card # you are at, which tells you how many days you have been using this system.

Comments Welcome

Any comments or suggestions are welcomed below.

Note: The information maintained on this page may be modified at any time to reflect any recent learnings or optimizations to this system. Please consider this page to be the most current unless otherwise noted.

19 Responses

  1. […] Mundane LifeFocus Card System […]

  2. Very cool!

    Would it be difficult to make it as a 3×5?

  3. pooks,

    Do you want all 7 on one 3×5 (a full week), or do you want to use 7 3×5 index cards? Let me know…

  4. 7 3×5 cards. I use a hipster PDA so 3x5s work best for me!

  5. P.S. I’m very excited about this. I think it’s tres cool!

  6. I’ll work on the hipster version and let you know when it is released. Great idea. I love the index cards, but I’m a Moleskine addict.

  7. I use the index cards w/the Moleskine!

  8. I’ve been thinking along somewhat similar lines. Like a number of others, I use index cards as my primary ubiquitous capture device and found that many of the things I ended up recording were recurring — vitamins, hrs of sleep, etc. But until now I haven’t gotten beyond the thinking stage. Seeing something concrete, however, is a great catalyst to get to work a version teaked to my own needs. Thanks!

  9. […] in the best possible obsessive-compulsive way. And I thought I was crazy to carry around a set of Mundane LifeFocus™ Cards to keep track of my daily […]

  10. But how do I edit them?

    sparky

  11. A note on editing:
    The files are editable PDFs in the sense that you can open them using a professional design application like Adobe Illustrator and mess around. Since that’s obviously limited to Graphic Designers, Illustrators, and Art Directors, I am working on a version that allows you to imput your own data right in a PDF reader, using dynamic text fields. Stay tuned.

  12. This is great,been trying lots of ways of getting to grips with routinising (think I made that word up lol) Its kinda what I’ve set up myself on a very basic table on A4 but was frustrated about carrying the thing around. The concertina idea is great!

    I’m not a web designer though so have no idea how to edit it… so many areas of my life are going pearshaped from not being able to do basic things consistantly (mind is elsewhere on ‘better’ things lol) please please do a version that is blank so I can just hand write in the habits I want to create.

    Itching to get started on this.

  13. […] LifeFocus™ Cards , Projects I received some excellent feedback on the last iteration of LifeFocus™ Cards, and decided to simplify things quite a bit. 2 Sans Serif fonts, Trade Gothic and Avenir, are used. […]

  14. […] Jason, like many of us, is busy and has found it helpful to keep small a reminder list to keep him on track in both his personal and professional life. Enter, his Mundane LifeFocus Cards! […]

  15. […] have been working with Jason Theodor’s LifeFocus Card ideas to organize my day, with David Allen’s Getting Things Done process for organizing my […]

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