Intentional Living and the pursuit of a PhD

I’ve been working on my lifestyle design  in order to live intentionally for a few years now, attempting to be conscious about what I do with my time, and where I am headed. I’ve met monthly with a local women’s group who support each other to build strategies to move towards goals. This PhD research – far from accidental – has been part of deeper, longer process of attempting to drive my life forwards in an intentional manner.

Today I’m thinking about how I can integrate elements of intentionality, essentialism, minimalism (all the isms I’m into these days) into the research process itself. I realise there are many mechanisms I can employ to become a more efficient and effective researcher. Being efficient and effective seems to me to be essential – for me to maintain the feeling of being intellectually free. As Jocko Willink puts it – Discipline = Freedom. And what I am talking about here is the precursor to the disciplined pursuit of research… intention.

I have two quotes here that come from Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Work Week’s section on being unreasonable and unambigious fitting with this theme of intentional living. The first (even in the name) is how I used to live my life until I realised there was an alternative option available to me!:

“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

and the second – I think speaks to what leadership – is – 

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”― George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for revolutionists