Life Discipline Projects
Name LDP not final. I'm open to suggestions.
Please don't just copy me
My life is not your life. I have provided a lot of resources that serve to supplement my model of how to efficiently manage my life. I tried my best to generalize the ideas, but regardless, do not mindlessly follow the motion of the notes I provide. Instead, transform it into something that works with your own views of how life should operate.
Why explicitly manage life?
With the sheer amount and rate of information we're constantly bombarded with, most of it absolutely useless, we sometimes lose our sense of self and meaning. Everything around us, especially on the internet, is trying to grab our attention.
- "Hey, look at this! It's a cool product that makes everything harder for no reason!"
- "Look! Your friends online doing absolutely nothing that are interesting to you!"
- "Remember this item still in your cart a month ago? Here's a reminder! Buy it now!"
Some aren't as irritating the examples I listed above, but the fact that I can make them as examples says a lot.
We're always distracted to the point where even as adults, we haven't even stopped and thought about what we want to do. This is my experience in my family and what I've observed growing up in the modern States.
Much of the internet and everyday life are these self-sustaining cycles of complacency. Some of us go to a work we don't particularly enjoy, only to come home to cope with the stress of work, only to repeat the cycle again just because it gets the bills paid. To me, that's my version of hell. I don't want that, and I think most people would agree as well. We need a way to keep us in check and on our path towards what we see as success.
LDP serves as a way to unstuck oneself and to create velocity and direction towards something you really want.
Obsidian is an enhanced, barebones markdown text editor. It isn't really built to ease the complexity of workflows, but with the help of plugin support and the community, its functionality is far beyond what it initially was.
The catch was that in order to do life management in Obsidian, you had to do thorough research into its plugins, workflow design, etc. There are other applications that streamline the process, allowing you to get started right away. But there's something nice about working within the primitive constraints of Obsidian; it's simple and empowering since everything is personalized.
But the primary reason why I chose Obsidian was because all documents are locally stored on your computer as plain text. There is no dependence on a cloud or server, the only dependence is your computer. There's also the sense of ownership and historical documentation. Everything is yours; just yours.
And it just felt right.
The organization of LDP can be summarized as follows.
[[Projects]] and [[Habits]] are more or less the same thing. They are smaller than and are derived from [[Disciplines]]. Disciplines are smaller than and are derived from [[Ikigai|Life]] and other fundamental [[00
This entire system is modeled through folder hierarchy under the folder
100 Disciplines, though you can personalize it as you seem fit. What's important is that it models the diagram above.
Assuming the initial setup of Life and Disciplines are complete, my general workflow is as follows. Note that projects should last anywhere between no longer than 1 month.
- A new project is created that creates mobility towards or sustains a Discipline's Pillar.
- The project is loosely defined with an objective and completion criteria—optionally grouped.
- Tasks are created, given a priority, estimated duration, and tagged with its corresponding completion criteria tag.
- Tasks are explicitly defined as ongoing and are worked on immediately.
- Task are marked as complete.
- Steps 3-5 for tasks continue until the project's completion criteria are met, plus a bit of polish.
- Project is completed.
- Refactor useful non-general information into generalized notes.
- Generalized notes that are non-project specific are sent to
- The project and else are archived to
900 Archive/910 Projects.
Fairly straight forward process for Projects and Tasks.
How to get started
Navigate to Obsidian's Website and download the program. Install it and then download the source code of this project from releases on the right. Extract it to a folder and then open Obsidian. Click on "Open folder as vault" and navigate to the folder that you extracted the source code to. Read the first note you see and continue from there.
Suggestions and Concerns
More about uwi
I am a solo indie game developer with a mission of making people cry not because they're say, but because they've witness the beautiful. As of 2021, October 6, I am planning my workflow for game development, hence LDP.
If you're also a fan of Cirno from the Touhou Project, you can join my community discord Club Cirno.