In the past couple of years, showing off your Everyday carry (EDC) online has become quite popular on Pinterest, blogs, and Instagram (search #edc). Wikipedia defines it as ‘a small collection of tools, equipment and supplies that are carried on a daily basis to assist in tackling situations ranging from the mundane to the disastrous.’ I’m in no way a disaster preparedness type of guy but I have found certain tools to be very useful on a daily basis.
I prefer to keep it simple and minimal. The fewer things you carry, then the fewer things that you can lose or forget to bring with you. One tip is to carry the same items in the same pocket, day in and day out. For example, my cell phone is always in my left pocket and my keys are in my right pocket.
This is what I carry with me on a daily basis.
Restricting certain things in your life creates more of the important things in life - less distractions = more attention, less possessions = more freedom, less choices = more productivity and the list can go on and on… If you set rules to restrict yourself to fewer things to interact with and fewer decisions to make, you end up with more time, attention, and ultimately money.
Lately, I had been feeling overwhelmed and frustrated at my lack of progress on certain revenue goals for my businesses. I felt like I was treading water versus growing the business into what I envisioned. That was before I implemented my daily ritual (particularly the aspect of setting the top three tasks that I must complete that day). I was answering emails, creating spreadsheets of prospect lists, checking social media, and completing lots of tasks that did not generate revenue. One of the biggest time-wasters was social media, both on my phone and on my laptop (checking Twitter, Feedly, Pocket, Facebook).
I set the following rules for myself:
I remember when I first heard about people living out of one bag and I thought it was completely absurd! It still surprises me but it is totally feasible especially with the advent of Merino Wool (and similar fabrics) and mobile technology. Gone are the days of khaki pants, cotton shirts, books, and large cameras. We now have Merino Wool that doesn’t smell and is very warm and breathable. And cell phones that are actually mini-computers that also make calls.
I have been able to pair it down to the bare essentials and I am always looking to eliminate items that I rarely or never use. I also aim for more expensive items because they tend to last much longer. Even though I don’t have very many possessions, I look for hip, stylish clothes.
My ‘one bag’ starts and ends with the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 backpack (steel dyneema/violet). I am a bigger guy and I prefer the extra space in it. This is hands down one of the best, if not the best manufactured backpacks that I have ever owned. It is comfortable, can handle daily abuse, and has many small and large pockets for easy organization.
Outlier Slim Dungarees - these pants are very lightweight (no denim) and comfortable yet stylish. The Outlier website describes the pants well: 'The outer face is canvas weave comprised of a healthy percentage of Cordura grade nylon, making it our strongest and most durable fabric. The inner face is completely different, a soft nylon-poly blend. The result is incredible: a rugged, ready-for-anything fabric that stays both comfortable and breathable.' They have a few other styles if you don't like the slim cut.
Mixergy - Andrew Warner- Andrew is probably the best podcast interviewer that I have ever listened to. Andrew interviews entrepreneurs in the tech space about how they grew their companies. He does pre-interviews with his guests and he always asks the tough, uncomfortable questions. His most recent interviews are free but are behind a paywall if you want to download them (which I highly recommend; I am a Mixergy subscriber). Most podcasts are one hour in length.
The Tim Ferriss Show - Tim Ferriss - I've been a long-time follower of Tim since he wrote the Four Hour Workweek. He had a similar podcast type format called the Random Show with Kevin Rose. My gripe with the Random Show was that the hosts were always the same (Tim and Kevin) and it was always unscripted and ‘random’. Tim’s new podcast is great - he has short form recommendations that he writes beforehand and reads off (10-15 minutes in length) and long form interviews with incredibly interesting guests whom he asks very penetrating questions (typically 1-1.5 hours in length). Guests vary but typically revolve around the quantified self movement.
Less Doing Radio - Ari Meisel - Ari’s podcast focuses on how to optimize, automate and outsource tasks in your business and personal life. Efficiency and productivity is a specific niche but one that I believe is growing quickly. If you are an efficiency geek like me, this podcast will be right up your alley. Typically 30-45 minutes in length.
Art of Charm - Jordan Harbinger - One skill that every human being needs is building rapport and connecting with people. Jordan’s podcasts are long form interviews with experts in the networking, espionage, and business communities. Jordan has a tendency to talk too much but he is very good at getting detailed, actionable answers from his guests. Interviews range from 30 minutes up to 1.5 hours.
A daily ritual is a detailed method of procedure that is regularly followed. One can see a daily ritual providing writers, artists and other 'makers' a set routine that enables them to be creative. I aim to create a daily routine or ritual that enables me to learn as well as maintain what I have created so far.
I have two routines - one in the morning and one in the evening:
So the story goes that my friend had a picture of herself sitting on top of an alligator and holding its mouth open. I asked her where she wrestled a gator, assuming that it would be Texas or Florida but she said Colorado. I filed away that information until a later date when a friend and I were discussing our summer plans. I mentioned a desire to wrestle gators and he wholeheartedly agreed. I booked a weekend for a wrestling lesson with Colorado Gators Reptile Park.
We showed up at the Gator farm about an hour early and had time to walk around and check out the property. It was a fairly large area of separate shallow, murky pools enclosed with wire fencing. Some of the alligators in the cages had a foot missing or scrap marks and there was a sign stating 'This property has been injury-free for... 6 hours.' It was a shock to say the least to see all of this and both of us started to have second thoughts. However, we had already paid and had told a bunch of friends beforehand so that we couldn't back out. The time came and we started the gator wrestling lesson by meeting our 'Crocodile Dundee' instructor, Jay.
We started off with the small, baby gators - grabbing them out of a small pool. The technique was to simply grab them really quick, right on the neck and then using your other hand, extend their body so they can't roll and twist out of your grip. We then began a climb up the gator ladder and steadily began wrestling larger and larger alligators. We moved from the baby gators to 3 footers and used a similar technique except both hands are placed on their neck since they could easily break free.
Our instructor then showed up how to pull out gators from the murky water - it was about knee deep and dark - you couldn’t see the bottom of the pool nor what you were stepping on… I did a slow shuffle through the water until I felt a gator rub against my leg. I stuck my hands in the water and searched around for his tail and then pulled out a 5 foot gator. One thing you never know is if you are going to step on a gator that is underwater. I couldn't see anything in the water and the pool was full of gators!
Here are my observations from driving up Route 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway) from San Diego to San Francisco, California.
San Diego (Pacific Beach) - Downtown San Diego was up-dated, hip and cool - the airport is smack-dab in the middle of the city. Airplanes were constantly flying overheard when I was downtown. But I really liked Pacific Beach - there were 30-odd bars in a one-mile radius and great breaks to surf during the day. Pacific Beach is the more upscale, professional cousin of Ocean Beach which is a lot more raw and real. I could definitely see myself spending a month or two here, surfing every morning and hanging out by the beach or at coffee in the afternoon.
Los Angeles Area - I skipped some of Huntington Beach and Long Beach (I have already been here) and stayed in Santa Monica with my buddy, Dustin. I rode down to the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach (pictured above) and Muscle Beach (great for people watching). It was great to see where Arnold used to train on the beach! Dustin said that people tend to be more laidback and not as stuck up as you would find in Los Angeles. We went out to eat at a vegetarian restaurant and partied that night and I definitely agree with him on his assessment. I had a great time and would definitely like to spend some more time here.
Route 1 Drive North to the Bay Area - I can totally see why celebrities like Santa Barbara and Malibu. Beautiful scenery and secluded homes were the first things that I encountered driving north. I started to encounter fewer cars as I passed San Luis Obispo and Route 1 started to get closer to the Pacific Ocean. I soon lost cell service which was great because a ringing cell phone couldn't disturb me from the awesome vistas and views all along the coast. It was a spectacular drive that I did in 3 days but can easily be spaced out even more to see all of the sights along the way.
I’m Nat. I’m a systems-minded entrepreneur, Crossfitter, and traveler/minimalist. Here are some highlights of my life so far:
I am currently traveling by Dodge Ram truck (with a topper on the back) from my homebase of Denver, Colorado to San Diego, CA and then up the Pacific Coast Highway to Vancouver. I have been to Los Angeles once for a brief, few days but I’ve never been to any other cities in California or the Northwest. This roadtrip is changing that - I’ve traveled to almost every other state except the West Coast. I will be driving the PCH from June to August 2014. Hit me up if you want to grab some drinks or coffee.
A friend once told me a story about his coworker that had to save money to support his disabled mom. He rented out his house (to earn extra income) and then bought an all-weather sleeping bag. He never rented an apartment and he used his workplace to shower, workout, and cook food. When he needed to sleep he would find an empty field and use his all weather sleeping bag. It sounded fascinating to me and somewhat absurd but definitely intriguing. This story has been stuck in the back of my mind ever since...
Once I found the Crankset Group and began creating freedom from my businesses, I returned to this story. It seemed possible, especially if I made an effort to systemize business processes to enable me to live a location-independent (being able to work from anywhere) life. I set the goal of May 1, 2014, to start the roadtrip. (Denver to San Diego to Vancouver to Denver)
Here are my motivations behind the roadtrip:
It all started apres ski at Beaver Creek while riding the bus back to Bear Lot. We started talking to a bro on the bus about our plans the next day. He told me about how he skied all four Vail Resorts-owned Colorado mountains (Beaver Creek, Vail, Breckenridge, and Keystone) in one day (Arapahoe Basin is owned by Vail Resorts but they don't have EpicMix on their slopes). After getting a drunken download on how exactly to accomplish skiing four-in-one-day, we decided to hit it hard the next. This plan is ideal for a Colorado local living on the Frontrange since you will be starting at the mountain farthest from Denver (Beaver Creek).
What you need:
Here is what we did: