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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I’ve also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I’m currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, the US, and India. 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’m not a full-time digital nomad and I’m not a full-time corporate professional: I’ve done things a bit differently and I think it’s feasible for more people to live “off the beaten path” this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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8 Things That Should Be on Your Schedule But Probably Aren’t

Posted on June 20th, 2015

Time out  

One of my favorite phrases is, “If it doesn’t get scheduled, it doesn’t get done.” Even when it comes to big projects and exciting things I’m working on, I just won’t do anything if I don’t purposefully set aside time for it.  

 

But beyond the scope of work, I think even things related to personal development need to clocked in and accounted for. Essentially, you need to be scheduling time for making yourself a better person.

 

This comes back to honoring the concept of mindfulness, which essentially means having your mind and body in the same place at the same time. Harder than it sounds, isn’t it?  

 

Here are the 8 things I highly recommend adding to your daily schedule that you are probably overlooking or taking for granted when they do happen. They will boost your mindfulness and keep you value-centered, humble, and reflective.

 

  1. Gratitude check. What am I grateful for today? Write down the first 10 things that come to mind every day.

     

     

    Suggested time: Morning Suggested duration: 2 minutes

     

  2. Total silence. No cell phone, no music, no books, no computer, no talking, no cuddling. Sit upright, relax, clear your mind, and savor the gift you are giving yourself: quiet. Take this time to ask yourself questions (“Am I happy? Am I where I’m supposed to be? What is my purpose?”) and wait for the answers to come from within. You’ll be amazed at what your internal world is capable of determining on its own when it’s given time in silence.

     

     

    Suggested time: Morning Suggested duration: 15 minutes

     

  3. Exercise. I’m the poster child for the kind of person who hates working out, but I got over that as soon as I got beyond the rhetoric of “Just do it because it’s good for you.” What does that even mean? How does that motivate anyone? I got motivated to exercise when I looked into how big business, industrial pharmaceuticals, and a backwards modern medical industry are actually causing disease and shortening lifespans. I wanted to fight back, prevent disease, increase the quality of my life (both on a daily basis and in the long-term). Now I’m up on the treadmill every day for 30 minutes. Quick, easy, and I’ve never felt better.

     

     

    Suggested time: Morning Suggested duration: 30 minutes

     

  4. Meals at a table. With other people. That means no eating at your desk, no eating in the car, no walking and eating (New Yorkers, I’m looking at you), no snacking and forgetting to eat in the first place, and no running to grab a quick bite alone. As Michael Pollan determines, diet is as much about what we eat as how we eat it, and eating rituals should be developed that enhance our social lives and sense of community. By focusing on the meal, you also inherently pay attention to what you are eating. Would anyone eat McDonald’s if they sat and ate it slowly…with other people around?

     

     

    Suggested time: At least once daily, lunch or dinner Suggested duration: 1 hour

     

  5. Journaling. It doesn’t have to be in-depth, even 5 minutes scribbling about your feelings and actions of the day can be therapeutic and serve as a great memory for later.

     

     

    Suggested time: Evening Suggested duration: 15 minutes

     

  6. Dreaming. This is not the same as time for silence; this is the opposite: mental play time. This is time spent visualizing your goals and imagining new possibilities for your life. There is tremendous power in the imagination to orchestrate change in our lives, and it’s important to allocate space for it.

     

     

    Suggested time: Evening Suggested duration: 15 minutes

     

  7. Exploration. Take time to intellectually enrich yourself: read new books, articles, blogs, videos, documentaries, and talks. Select topics that will purposefully expand your knowledge of the world and help you to realize new areas of interest you may have that previously went unnoticed.

     

     

    Suggested time: Evening Suggested duration: 1 hour

     

  8. Character check. Back in the journal, reflect on this question: “Am I a better person than I was yesterday? Why or why not?” You define the point of reference, as well as the velocity and trajectory of your own progress.

     

     

    Suggested time: Evening Suggested duration: 2 minutes

     

If you’re too busy to add 8 simple, life-enriching chunks into your everyday life, then it’s time to re-evaluate where you are prioritizing your time (because we all have the same amount of hours in a day, it’s just a matter of allocating those hours according to our individual values and priorities).   Things you might consider giving up to make room in your life?

  •   Happy hour
  •   TV shows
  •   Time spent checking social media on your phone
  •   Time attending to emails, phone calls, or unnecessary meetings
  •   Shopping
  •   Commuting (or think how to better utilize your commute)
  •   “Going out”
  •   Work (if you’re working too much, you’re inefficient, not a hero)
  •   Time spent deciding what to do
  •         Senselessly browsing the Internet

Good luck! And if there’s any others you would add to the list, shoot me an email at elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I’ve also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I’m currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, the US, and India. 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’m not a full-time digital nomad and I’m not a full-time corporate professional: I’ve done things a bit differently and I think it’s feasible for more people to live “off the beaten path” this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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Now I use Office Hours to help my clients do the same.

 

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