Read this section straight through and then come back and read the supporting pieces (use the links).
WHAT IS LIFE MANAGEMENT?
It's simply the management of all of life's parts so that they are run powerfully and effectively, like a profitable, easy-running business, with profits being defined as fulfillment and happiness.
To a large degree, we are applying business principles (which produce results) to life, which ordinarily is not strongly managed, happens randomly, and is run by emotions (fears, etc.) and beliefs that don't produce as good a life as is very attainable in an easier and more fulfilling way. Also, there is an emphasis on adopting practices that work for oneself to live life with more energy, enthusiasm, and grace and ease.
This site is designed to facilitate that process effectively and efficiently, using underlying concepts that intertwine among the areas and eliminate duplications. We also blow out a number of the "not so good" ideas and methods out there in the world.
I've searched for this being done somewhere else but I've never found one that has a more effective way to do what I think can be done. So, I have embarked on this mission, writing summaries, creating workbooks and forms, and integrating other resources as much as possible into this site, but only when I see them as being more useful and/or more expert in a particular area.
BUILDING A POWERFUL EFFECTIVE HUMAN BEING
The Life Process - How life progresses (a schematic overview)...AND a few choices we can make to create a massively more satisfying life.
WHY BOTHER TO LEARN AND DO LIFE MANAGEMENT?
Because it is the process through which you achieve all you want in life - i.e. manage your life so that you achieve effectiveness and happiness.
WHAT LIFE IS ABOUT
The Dalai Lama makes it clear: the purpose of life is happiness. In the following piece, you should gain clarity about how to produce it, along with the other sections of this website to implement the pieces, such as Happiness.
THE NINE AREAS OF LIFE MANAGEMENT
Go to the Nine Areas section and rate yourself in each, based on the definitions.
This will be our starting point and the time when you get clear on what rating you want to achieve in each area.
ANSWER THE FIVE BASIC LIFE QUESTIONS FIRST
Answering these clearly and logically choosing could determine the quality of the rest of your life!
SYNERGY AND PRODUCTIVITY MULTIPLY LIFE'S GOOD RESULTS
As you go through the overall learning and implementing processes, you'll find that it will "all come together," where the parts (areas) of life all start to work "synergistically" together to create the life that one can only create through this complete life management process. "Synergy" is the "combining of cooperative forces in such a way as to create a greater effect than adding their individual impact when they are separate." Essentially, it is a way of combing 2 + 2 to equal 5. Or to use another phrase it is where "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." Extra value is created from the combining itself.
When we use "synergy" and also the powers of productivity (multiplying what we do with our time to create much more), we create a life that is not just a few times better but 10 to 400 times better. (If you wish, read the various pieces that prove that now in the Productivity section: The 80/20 Principle, The Principle To Run Your Life On.)
Of course, all of productivity requires the use of supporting structures, such as good time management systems, so we recommend in time and productivity section the resources we've found to be the best and most effective.
THE NEXT STEP: LIFE EDUCATION
"Life education" is our next process. We will approach it on a basic level first, so we'll have overall competence and an overview. Then we'll add higher levels of knowledge and implementation.
First we learn the basic life-skills (learning, thinking, problem-solving/decision-making, and utilizing resources), then the "Basic Life-Knowledge" all the way through to learning and using higher level life-knowledge to properly apply these with wisdom. The master overview of how we'll do this is in To Master One's Life For Greatest Happiness, A Comprehensive Listing Of The Necessary Pieces
It is the master overview of some key pieces of what we will be dealing with. While you would find it useful, now or later, to link to each of the pieces, as if reading short chapters in a book, one vital element for the whole process is to "COMMIT", which is the last part on the listing. That commitment will pay off with a whole new life and/or one that is immeasurably improved from even a good life now!
You will find it useful to read the Life Education section next after finishing this Life Management page..