Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cruise Happy...

Lately I have been noticing a pattern everywhere in my life. At various levels of time (like annual, weekly, daily). You might need to muster a little extra patience to understand what I'm trying to say..

There are generally 2 modes that I function in. The cruise mode and the peripheral mode.
For example, In a given week - I am in the cruise mode between Monday and friday and I am in the peripheral mode on the weekends.
In a given day, I am in the cruise mode between 9 and 5 and I am in the peripheral mode between 6am and 8 am and 5pm and 10 pm
In a given year, as parents, we tend to be in cruise mode when the school is in session and in peripheral mode when there are school breaks..
(Maybe Im pushing it here), Applying this to the lifespan of a person, we tend to be in cruise mode when we are working class, say 25 years to 60 years of age. Before we get a job  and after retirement we are in a peripheral mode.
Now at each of these stages (before work, while employed and after retirement) we could further split and assign cruise and peripheral modes.

There is a parallel here to the 80-20 rule (80% of the work gets done in 20% of the time). In any time frame it looks like we tend to be in a cruise mode more than peripheral mode. Widely speaking.
Our weekday cruise mode is longer than the weekend. School year - the cruise mode - lasts longer than the school breaks (So v glad for that design).

So getting to the point, here is a theory on capturing the ever elusive happiness factor. Make sure you are happy in the cruise mode, so that you will be mostly Happy in life. Do something you love in the cruise mode - don't compromise here. Push all other things, things that you have to do but don't necessarily enjoy, into the peripheral mode. So those boring chore like work - Do them in the weekends. Do them at night. Do them at your annual vacation. Save the cruise mode for things you love and things that make you happy. Arrange your life to be happy in the cruise mode. This way you can make sure you are happy most of the time!!

Just a thought! Just an observation..!