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.
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.
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.
- NEW! v6.1 beta (Letter)
- v5.1 Letter
- 1 week (7 Cards) BLANK on 8.5×11 (Letter) sheet
- 1 week (7 Cards) on 8.5×11 (Letter) sheet
- 2 weeks (14 Cards) on 11×17 (Tabloid) sheet
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are tasks that only need to be checked off once per accordion fold.
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.
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.