The Two Levels in Optimizing Your Life

The name of this website is Life Optimizer. Accordingly, the mission here is optimizing lives. I want to optimize my life and share what I learn with you. I’d also like to learn how you optimize your life. The end goal is that we can all reach our full potential.

How can we optimize our lives then?

Well, I believe that there are two levels in optimizing lives: macro and micro. Macro deals with the overall direction of your life while micro deals with your day-to-day life. They complement each other. You need both of them to optimize your life.

If you are good at macro but not at micro, you would move slowly. You know where you are going, but you are not efficient in getting there. On the other hand, if you are good at micro but not at macro, you would move fast but in the wrong direction! You need both of them to move fast in the right direction.

Though both of them are important, if I had to choose, I’d say that macro is more important than micro. Why? Because it’s better to move slowly in the right direction than to move fast in the wrong direction! You would still end up closer to your destination. You would still be closer to the life you want.

Unfortunately, many people give more attention to micro than macro. They read productivity tips to make their days more productive, but they don’t spend much time thinking about the big picture of their lives. As a result, they are efficient but they lose direction and meaning.

You should spend time thinking about your macro. Here are some questions that you need to ponder:

  • Do I know where my life is going?
  • Am I satisfied with my life’s direction?
  • Do I have a sense of purpose in everything I do?
  • Do I have a cause that matters to me and motivates my actions?
  • Am I sure I wouldn’t have lifetime regrets?

These are not questions that you should answer in a hurry. Instead, you should think about them constantly as you go through life. My suggestion is that you write your thoughts in a journal. Over time, you would see that your thoughts develop and you would gain better clarity.

What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

6 Comments

  1. I have lost both macro and micro. I’m at a standstill. Looking for the best next step. This article is what I needed as to my next step. Thank you so much

  2. Olajesutoro Olaniyan
    Olajesutoro Olaniyan

    The article is insightful.
    A paradigm shift that makes one want to attain success.
    Thank you.

  3. Thank you, Donald. As for me I constantly look at my self as the alpha and omega of this life that the creator gave me. Am 100% responsible for what takes place in my life and truly a work in progress!

    Time in time out am visualizing my goals. Becoming a better me in the many days, months, years to come. And, I know personal growth is not an overnight flash… but a process.

    I go by this ACRONYM.

    >Am always Learning…
    >Growing… and
    >Improving…

    For success I believe is a journey not a destination.

    I thank you once again.

  4. Hello Donald,

    Thanks for these educative articles,for me even if its the right direction but very very slow,i really need a push.

  5. I didn’t know the type of life I was living. But I think I focused more on the micro and from what you have mentioned, I see why I have some many troubles getting my life to the right direction. I have been so disatisfied with life because I based my thoughts, my emotions and desires on the micro which is the daily and immediate life without looking at the bigger picture and the long run. But now i think i have to make amends to see if the answers to the mingtingling questions raise above will give a real sense of direction. Good write up.
    Thanks Donald for always being there and helping those struggling to bring out the best in them.
    Ndzi gilbert
    Bamenda, Cameroon

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