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Dec 26, 2018 22:02:04

Imagining my day as a barrel

by @vickenstein | 229 words | 198🔥 | 200💌

Victoria Maung

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I'm trying out a new psychological trick to be more productive. 

Instead of envisioning Maslow's hierarchy of needs as a pyramid, what if self-actualization looked more like a tiered bucket system? 

Imagine that self-actualization is a large barrel that is filled each day.

Above the barrel are smaller buckets. There is a tiny bucket for basic needs, and that includes food, water, and sleep. There is a small bucket for psychological needs, such as social connection with friends and family, regardless of virtual or physical. Lastly, there's a medium-sized bucket for activities that bring about a sense of accomplishment.

Each of these smaller buckets, when full, spills over to fill the barrel of self-actualization.

Some days, like yesterday's Christmas party, my self-actualization barrel was filled by the buckets for basic and psychological needs. Because it was a day filled with family, friends, and gluttony, I certainly filled each bucket multiple-times.

Other days, like during finals, my barrel was filled solely by my medium-sized activities bucket, since I definitely lacked sufficient sleep and a social life.

Ideally, I'd like to fill each day's barrel with all three buckets: for basic needs, psychological needs, and accomplishment-filling needs. There will be some days where I can't fill all the buckets and end up using only the small buckets (if I spend too much time being hedonistic), but that's okay. 

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    @vickenstein This reminds me of the opposite of budgeting in envelopes. Same concept, but in reverse!

    Lex Tan avatar Lex Tan | Jan 04, 2019 11:50:47
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    @vickenstein Victoria Maung's Hierarchy of Needs! love that

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 26, 2018 22:03:59
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      @basilesamel haha, thanks! It's totally an oversimplification, but I'll see if it works...

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Dec 27, 2018 08:41:35
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