Today’s blog is about Buffer Core Value #8, Live Smarter, Not Harder.

If you’ve been following along, you know I don’t actually work for Buffer, but I want to.  I’m acting as if and doing the work now so they can see I’m truly passionate about working for them. (It’s all very Law Of Attraction, but even if they don’t decide to give me a try on the Buffer team, I’m getting some great reflection time in as I examine myself through these blogs.)

So let’s talk about living smart…




One thing my mother instilled from an early age was that I always needed a good night’s sleep.  My brother didn’t grasp that lesson so well and, as a 40-something, will still pull all-nighters to get client work done.  I, on the other hand, place a great deal of importance on getting the sleep necessary to be able to wake up fresh the following day.

fart gunI’ll even stop binge watching the new season of House of Cards if it gets too late at night.  (He doesn’t say so, but I get the distinct impression my partner, Mike, really hates that.)

I dislike feeling scattered or divided so being fully engaged is a necessity.  Single-tasking brings me great joy.  Whether it is lying on a chaise and reading for pleasure or making mad progress on a contract job, single-tasking is the only way to get it done as far as I’m concerned.  (Ask my guys…I have a fart gun to make them go away when I’m focusing on work and can’t be disturbed.)

forward“You are at the top of your game, as you focus on expanding capacity of your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual energy.”

At the top of my game?  Of course I am!  But tomorrow the bar will be higher and I’ll feel the need to be at the top of that too.  I’m the furthest thing from a shark, but if a shark doesn’t keep moving forward, it suffocates.  In that respect, I’m the same way.  I’ve got to be moving forward and improving in some way every day.

“You choose to be at the single place on Earth where you are the happiest and most productive, and you are not afraid to find out where that is.”

One of the reasons I work from home is the ability to be a digital nomad.  I love living here in Texas, have a great little house that I’m working on smartening up (think S.A.R.A.H., the smart house in the SyFy show Eureka), but I love to travel.  I’ve been around the world and loved it all and I want to instill that same love of discovery and exploration in my children.  Last year we started taking RV trips and it was the most wonderful feeling to be able to work and relax as we explored new places and made new friends.  Our next goal is to travel to all of the National Parks very slowly so we can enjoy and appreciate each one.  Home is with my guys so whether we’re here at Happy House or exploring, that’s where I work and I love it that way.

Bottom line: I’m no fan of living hard.  I prefer living smarter and with intention.