I talk to people about my favorite/most important activity—10 Favorite Things—all the time.
Surprisingly, I searched on myself—actually in my posted LifeInFIRE thoughts—and I cannot find where I clearly describe this process and its importance to me.
Here’s what I learned from the Playing With Fire movie.
I learned about creating a list in my electronic notepad of my 10 Favorite Things to do each day or week.
I brainstormed about my very favorite things to do. These include activities, environments, thinking, etc.
I then sorted my very favorite items to the top and my less favorite down the list.
The goal is to try and do a couple/some of those activities each day, and especially each week. My thinking is what good are our days if we’re just grinding away— as a cog in the machine— and not enjoying our life.
I found the action of just creating the list to be of immense value. Thinking through, and writing down, your most treasured life activities must be one of the more core elements of who we are, or at least of our deepest internal happiness.
I don’t often look at my list of 10 Favorite Things, but I definitely know what my top 3-5 are at any given time. Oh, that makes me realize that the list can shift and change depending on life, on the seasons, even based on a pandemic with lockdown/quarantine/everything-being-closed situations.
Actually, if your list of favorite things did not change during the pandemic craziness, is that a clear sign that you are living true to yourself already? True to your very core? Possibly, a good SloGo?
Hmmm, now I have even more to think about. (sometimes that’s dangerous, “too much Kevin”)
New Idea – Dislikes
It just occurred to me that maybe I should have a list of things that I don’t like, or cannot stand to do. Then I could rank those and possibly “outsource” those tasks to someone else. Maybe there are people out there who like those activities. I’ve read about valuing your time, say $20 or $50 per hour. Then you can get a value for these outsourcing activities. It may even make sense to just understand how the cost of these activities are just a part of making your life better, and possibly doing one or more of your favorite activities at that same time.
What are your favorite activities? And now, after that last paragraph, what is their value to you?
*** Nothing in this article is to be construed as financial advice. I am not a financial planner, nor do I pretend to be. You should always consult your own professional when seeking advice. This post is not a piece of literary mastery, just a random thought I had.