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Life Designed: Deleting Facebook, Fasting & Books

Yesterday I arrived in Phuket, Thailand. 🇹🇭 I'll spend a month here before heading to the other side
Life Designed: Deleting Facebook, Fasting & Books
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #8 • View online
Yesterday I arrived in Phuket, Thailand. 🇹🇭
I’ll spend a month here before heading to the other side of the world in December.
My girlfriend Isabella is learning English and would like to practice with someone on a similar journey and similar level. Reply if you know someone.
Last week I had a profound conversation with Tal Gur. We argued about the nomadic life, its struggles and what comes next.
It was sobering to sit down and think about the ONE Thing I want to focus on in my career. Without hesitation, it’s writing.
I don’t write as much as I used to. I got distracted by social media and influence building instead of writing.
When I asked myself, “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” I felt immense clarity.
To dedicate myself to Deep Work, I decided to remove myself from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Networks that improved my life but also started to get too much of my attention which I can’t control anymore.
Earlier this year, I took a 30-day social media detox and never felt more present and happier.
Reminiscing emotions of the preceding experiment, it was easy to remove these networks from my life.
My decision shocked some friends. They ask if I have a personal crisis. Answer: no, it’s ruthless prioritization.
I feel happier and less overwhelmed. I don’t need to worry about crafting my “travel-anywhere-get-shit-done-sip-mojitos-win-at-life” persona.
But here’s a caveat.
Casual communication became challenging. Facebook and Instagram had almost all my contacts. However, I get to understand what people are important in my life and make an effort to stay in touch by calling, emailing or meeting up.
Technology has made my life incredible, but it also made it chaotic due to infinite options. I choose to direct my attention and energy to my blog and this newsletter.
If you (ever) miss my Instagram photos or tweets, I’ll occasionally publish them here (no promises).
If you noticed that social media doesn’t serve you anymore, here are ten reasons why it may be the time to move on.
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

Here are my top recommended books from available Kindle monthly deals. Most of these books are number one bestsellers and have high ratings both on Amazon and Goodreads.
Wait  – what’s a “perfect week”? Ahh, it’s the most incredibly beautiful, productive, fulfilling week possible. It’s when everything goes just right, and life is really soaring.
For the past year and a half, Keith Taylor and his wife have adopted a lifestyle that includes fasting on a regular basis. “For six days per week we don’t eat until around 5 pm, but eat as much as we want and whatever we want from 5 pm until we go to bed. It is not a diet in the classic sense – we do not restrict WHAT we eat or HOW MUCH we eat, but rather just WHEN we eat,” Taylor said in an email.
A true education, as opposed to mere schooling, can only be built on a foundation of self-awareness. You must discover who you are and what you want to do with your life.
Sleep. Calm. Prioritizing. Quality over quantity. Recognizing limits. These are the kinds of principles that have made him a wild success in the long run. I think we’d all do well to mimic these practices.
Forming a new habit is hard. I don’t have to tell you that. We all know how difficult it is to live a prosperous and healthy life. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Here’s a hack that may work.
Food for Thought
“I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s.” – William Blake
“Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.” – Paul Kalanithi
“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Dr. Robert Schuller
“Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget
⏰ Time: 10:45
🇹🇭 Location: Phuket, Thailand 🔜 Bangkok, Thailand
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