Your Personal System
A business like McDonald’s thrives because every detail of their operation at every level is systematized and recorded. No detail is left out. This happens at every level from the farm to your stomach, and even beyond to accounting and corporate.
Nothing is set in stone. While it’s not Japanese kaizen, it’s close. Constant improvement. Menus evolve. When I was young, all they sold were burgers, fries, soda, and shakes. I loved it when the fish sandwich came along – with a piece of cheese.
Now, as snowflakes clamor for $15 per hour “living wage” working at McDonald’s, the chain is developing smart kiosks to replace them. McDonald’s was never meant to be a career choice except for a few managers. It’s sad what’s become of our economy when burger flippers have no alternative career choices.
That brings me back to creating your life and earning a real income without having to take to the streets like depression era workers. Each of us has some unique and individual challenges, but never in the history of mankind have we had so many choices.
At 66, I am retired on a small Social Security income, forced into being a night time caregiver for my 91 year old mother, and fighting to regain my health and fitness before I return to the life of a perpetual traveler.
Without good health and a full-time online income, continuous travel is not an option.
Relationships need to be cleaned up to free your mind for travel. On the road is a great place to find your next ex-wife. I’ve started by finalizing a divorce, my third. Being married is not one of my top skills.
I have a daughter in her 20s I would love to help more. Money is key, but not so much as “assets” but as ongoing, recurring income you can access anywhere in the world.
Continuous improvement is key for your personal system. Individual kaizen.
Kaizen is nothing mysterious or new. It’s the basic philosophy of stoicism.
“Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy that flourished throughout the Roman and Greek world until the 3rd century AD. Stoicism is predominantly a philosophy of personal ethics which is informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting this moment as it presents itself, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature’s plan, and by working together and treating others in a fair and just manner.”
As an IBM (Introvert Boomer Male), it’s time for me to lay out a detailed plan of action to create the best me I can make. That light at the end of the tunnel is getting too bright to wait another day to get started.
My biggest problem is an addictive personality. I don’t eat a scoop of ice cream, I grab a spoon and the container. I don’t have a piece of toast, I make six. And for Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies (2nd largest selling after Oreos), a sleeve is my serving size.
I wish I were that addictive to exercise.
I’ve tried a balanced approach to food, and it doesn’t work. If I eat nothing but real, unprocessed foods for a week or a month, a single lapse will send me spiraling to a 500 blood sugar reading.
Once I taste sugar, I don’t stop until I have half killed myself.
So what is the vision? Perpetual travel. To get ready, I have to maximize my health and increase income.
The two main goals to contribute to perpetual travel:
- 3,000+ words per day
- eat real, unprocessed foods that are diabetic friendly
Underneath these goals are a number of daily actions and constant improvements to make me healthier and wealthier.
I will go into them later, but writing down these minor daily tasks are juvenile, stupid, silly, and totally necessary for me. If I don’t record, I don’t do.
Even on the first day, I’m starting to feel like a monk. Detailed rituals. I do keep these private and adjust for anything that is not working for me. Unlike a monk, my schedule will not allow me to work when I want. I just list the items and do as many as possible whenever I have a moment.
My “to do list” has been replaced with a “might do” list.
Might do’s are big ticket items that are impossible without all developing tiny habits and rituals.