14 Ways to Be Super Productive & Positive About Life Right Now

In times of uncertainty, maintaining a clear state of mind can be tricky business. With the right knowledge of self, application of tried-and-tested practices and a strong mindset, though, anyone can achieve clarity and direction in life. Here, above all else, positivity is key.

I originally wrote this piece as part of my 16th April 2020-released article “The World Has Gone Mad” … It ended up way too long, so I cut them in two. This one is for those of you that LOVE detail. The nitty-gritty of these info-rich lists.

Context: I’m an Australian-based African Safari guide. I’ve called off (postponed) all of my planned 2020 Safaris, but I’m being optimistic about returning next year and finding nature rested and in far better condition… and much nearer again to her authentically wild roots.

“I did so with a smile on my face and positivity in my voice, ensuring I led like the Safari Leader I aimed to be — And that I hoped would inspire my clients to remain optimistic themselves. I suppressed fears of no income for at least 12 months, knowing my own visible worry would only add to the cacophony of concerned public that might now be fearful of international travel.”

I used this image — Of a proud Serengeti Lion, a symbol of strength, power and resilience — To be the face of weathering a storm, adapting to change and emerging from this stronger and a better character than before, in a recent email/post to my audience about postponing all Safaris this year. (Source: Shane Ross, 2018).

This list comes from a place of experience.

I spend 6–7 months each year guiding small-group Safaris in Africa, and the remaining ~5 months I spend house-sitting across Australia. I’m accustomed to both working with (and loving) big crowds, and being on my own for weeks on end. Once, when I was in the middle of Zambia’s remotest wildlife reserve, Liuwa Plains National Park, I went for over a week without seeing another human… not the first time on my world travels. How rare is that these days!? I started waving at and talking with zebras and wildebeest; and I had an epic cat-and-mouse battle over a 5kg block of cooking chocolate with a stowaway mouse that made my car, and my food, his property. Dealing with isolation could even be called one of my strong suits.

14 Ways to Be Productive… Right Now.

1. The Most Important (in My Opinion) is to Seek Positivity!

The first on this list is also arguably the most important — But doing your best to remain optimistic throughout this event will be the one thing that ensures you do keep your mind. It’s about being conscientious about everything you do, and looking at things glass-half-full.

It’s visible in the way you present yourself. Your facial expressions, your moods, even your online presence. Here’s a few tricks that might help.

Smile — More, always more. Real smiles, with your mouth and your glowing teeth… But also with your eyes, and the wrinkles on your face. When you smile, do so with your whole being.

Filter What You Post — Critique everything you share, comment and re-post on social media. Remember, what you post has the ability to affect others; and if it’s negative, chances are you’ll affect others’ moods with what you write. Information access is incredibly easy in 2020; it’s actually more like sensory overload. In every conversation, every thumb-scroll or turning of a page right now we’re being confronted by one of the more dire circumstances to face humanity. And so it’s a time to show compassion, and humanity, in how we act and live.

Social media has an ability to unwittingly make us compare ourselves to others, exposes us to amplitudes of fake news and subconsciously affects our mood… Ridiculous for something we have next to no control over. The trick is moderation. If you need to, limit your social media intake and reward yourself with a little disconnection time. It’s one of things I love most about going on Safari, actually. Breaking connection can be healthy. *Check out screen time apps on how to do this if you lack social media self-control (we all do).

Lead By Example — Research each topic you invest in thoroughly. Compare your findings with anywhere from 7–10 reliable sources. See scientific papers as reliable; Google searches and Wikipedia not so much. Every time you post, write a little something. Give your readers context to why this relates to you, so they know where it’s coming from. Ask yourself , are you sharing for positive reasons or with purpose? If not, don’t post it. And when someone replies, be measured in your response. Don’t antagonize or bait, don’t crush spirits and don’t go looking for a battle. It serves no purpose.

As for the diversity of other positive mindsets and behaviors you could/should adopt… they’re covered in more detail, below.

*I always post on topics I’ve researched deeply, I avoid ambiguity or gossip, flat out don’t post alarmist content, always include a blurb of personal context, and am careful in crafting replies — But I also make sure I reply to every comment.

2. Self Care: Practicing Mindfulness, Fitness & A Healthy Diet

Right now, maintaining our mental health should be the foremost responsibility on our daily to-do lists. Our sanity affects those around us, our longer-term vision, and our ability to cope with time indoors. It’s imperative we look after it, and (no surprises here) we can do so via mindfulness activities, a regular fitness routine, and a healthy diet.

Mindfulness — Is all about being conscious of your surroundings and your life, about being grateful, learning how your mind works and how to feed it what it needs to survive and find happiness. By now you should understand what activities your body’s metabolism requires to reach your own version of mindfulness, whether it be meditation, yoga, solitude in nature or even active sport to reach clarity of mind. If you don’t know this yet, dedicate a little time now to figuring it out.

Fitness — Thousands of scientific studies clearly demonstrate the positive benefits of fitness activities on your body, and your mind (endorphins, serotonin). Search for free fitness plans, sign up to online classes or tutorials, check what your gym is offering, or practice what you already know at home with improvised equipment. This could be weights and strength training, core work, any of the dozens of martial arts forms, calisthenics, pure cardio, body balance/yoga/tai chi/pilates, or any number of still-legal-right-now outdoor activities eg. kayaking, short hikes or riding your bike.

Diet — While it’s a great time to find new form in the kitchen, baking and slow-cooking culinary masterpieces, make sure you’ve got a grasp on what’s good for you and what’s not, and consume each meal in healthy serves. And if you’ve discovered or concocted something truly delicious, share it around!

*I’m lucky enough to live by the ocean, so I incorporate fitness into hunter-gathering activities for food too. Our household is currently eating freshly caught fish 3–4 nights a week, as well as through other meals; we’re foraging fresh beans, cucumber, garlic, ginger and turmeric direct from our gardens; and picking a variety of tropical fruits daily for cinnamon/honey/yogurt/fresh fruit smoothies.

Regular movement, mindfulness and a healthy diet are crucial elements of remaining at the top of your game through isolation. Ensure you limber up and do your cardio on a daily basis. (Source: Zombieland, 2009).

3. Get Creative: Try Your Hand At Various Forms of Art

Art is everywhere we look. From the movies and TV series we’re binge-watching on Netflix, to the photography and visual art we demand of platforms like Instagram for over 28 minutes/per person/per day… The music we play day-and-night, the choreographed dance that compliments video hits, the books we disappear in to, poems and creative articles we read, artworks and design peppered throughout our homes, and movie/TV-inspired toys clutched lovingly by our children.

While you’re at home, why not unleash and discover your own artistic creativity. Use free resources like the Inspiration Grid for guidance.

Painting — Try acrylic paints, oils, water-colors or other, on canvas or paper.

Drawing — Including sketching, tracing, or pencil-drawing photos, or even having a crack with the crayons and chalk your little ones play with ;)

Sculptures — Molding, origami, ceramics, carvings or metalwork etc.

Music — Writing a song, choreograph or interpretive dance, playing an instrument, or recording your own music.

Writing — Either poetry, creative writing eg. fiction novels, or compiling your own fascinating life story into a biography or inspirational piece. Why not get cracking on your first/next Medium.com publication?

Acting — From school plays to Shakespeare to modern productions, we see the fruits of others’ acting careers on an everyday basis.

Photography — Something all of us are able to do these days with a ~12MP phone camera in every pocket, and a GoPro and/or DSLR in every house, opportunities are everywhere, from capturing portraits of those in your household to star-trails to nature, pet and macro photography techniques.

*I am a nature photographer, but before that I used to love drawing with pencils; I love writing and have aspirations to write a non-fiction travel tales book and a children’s adventure book in the near future; and would one day love to write my own song, and play it on acoustic guitar, too.

4. Self-Educate — Build Your Skill Set(s)

What better time than now to catch up, equalize, or get ahead of the pack with a good dose of self-education. There are so many ways you can do this, though you should match it with whichever way you learn best. If you can apply yourself to study/theory, consider online courses, learning a language, or signing up for an extra diploma, degree or other recognizable qualification. If you’re more practical, maybe absorbing new skills through watching YouTube videos or listening to instructional podcasts is the best path for you.

Online Courses — Resources like Masterclass enables you to learn acting with Natalie Portman, culinary arts with Gordon Ramsay or photography from adventurist Jimmy Chin (among a suite of other famous names); the options are endless for a small subscription fee. Or sign up for a free online course with providers like EDX who offer certified qualifications via Harvard, MIT and +140 other leading institutions worldwide.

Presentations — Search TED Talks, interviews or instructional videos or other sources through YouTube, Vimeo or through online searches.

Reading — Since most public libraries are closed, options are limited for loaning books… But you can always purchase paperbacks or audio-books from sources like Audible or Amazon instead.

Podcasts — Choose your favorite presenter or subject and press play… Just find an app that suits you, including Spotify, Pocket Casts, Podbean etc.

Additional Tips. Keep an eye out for opportunities to learn handy skills (like archery, construction or gardening); take up a new craft or hobby; study a language for a destination you’d love to travel to (check out Duolingo app); up-skill in your career path, or side-step and take a new direction… Or find out more about the natural world, how you can live more sustainably, about human evolution and where we’ve come from (see “Sapiens”, “Born to Run” or “A Short History of Nearly Everything”) and follow how nature is abounding at the moment while us humans are all indoors.

If you have kids at home, look for things they can do that might contribute to more life-relevant learning (on screens if necessary), like homeschooling-type lessons eg. Live Ecology Sessions like those led by renowned Australian-based ecotourism operator Cockatours, where you can tune in every Monday and Thursday at 1000 AEST for all-ages-friendly interactive ecology talks.

If you own a business, now is a great time to improve your foundations, to remain optimistic, be proactive about your marketing, build networks and existing relationships, innovate and think of ways to adapt your products or services, and show your customers you’re not going anywhere by continuing to respond to calls and messages and remaining present on social accounts.

*While still running my own business I’m remaining active on socials, I’ve ensured clients we will be back to business as soon as this is all over, and I’m learning new skills by reading, watching informative pieces, researching lots and listening to relevant podcasts. I’m also enhancing my understanding of my areas of interest eg. Animal ethology/tracking, and doing a refresher exercise on the many bush skills I’ve learned over 30 years of living an outdoors lifestyle (building on existing survival skills and other lessons that I can also share as a value-add with clients and those in my audience in future).

5. Self-Indulge A Little — And Don’t Feel So Guilty About It!

There’s no denying, despite trying to do it right and be busy all day every day, I’ve been on a roller-coaster of emotions through these last few weeks of isolation… So I’ve totally self-indulged a little, and felt guilty about it initially.

The longer this goes on, the more we’ll appreciate that zoning out and going on an adventure by diving into movies, TV series, comedy, reading, investing time in a passion project or pursuing hobbies that are still permitted is essential to maintaining a healthy mind.

So don’t stress if you feel like slothing some days and losing yourself in a good movie. Just be aware the real world is right outside, and you shouldn’t entirely intend to escape it. Take time out but be mindful you need to look after your body too, and use this time wisely to build both your character and your abilities for future life application.

*Some tricks I use to keep on track are: Following a routine or working to a schedule (various apps for this, or use a diary); breaking your day up into work/rest/play segments; and if you’ve got a Garmin/similar fitness watch (or an app on your phone), make sure you’re reaching your daily steps count and other goals, and getting your recommended 8 hours sleep per 24-hour period.

6. Home Improvement: Projects & Value-Adding to Property

Whether it’s value-adding to your property through maintenance or renovations, Spring-cleaning for that dopamine-endorphin hit, installing gardens to reap the vegetable-herb-and-fruit byproducts, or working on projects in this new-found spare time, it all has the ability to be both physically and mentally rewarding… and of financial benefit, too.

Property — Add that pool, verandah or entertainment area you’ve been putting off, because what better time than when you’re home to supervise construction, or do it yourself (if legal to do so). Renovate that tired room, add a new piece of furniture or functional equipment, or add to the feng shui of your living area with some of your own art, or works of an artist near you.

Gardening — When exposure at supermarkets poses a risk to health, why not grow your own produce! It’s a great time to tailor your diet to seasonally-available produce you grow yourself, and also a great time to better understand self-sufficiency and where your food comes from.

Projects — From vehicle maintenance to building new things, it’s definitely project time at the moment! What can you work on now that you’ve been putting off?

*I’ve been repairing parts of my 4X4 that I haven’t had time to get to in years, have installed rod-holders in my kayak so when I go for a paddle I can catch fish and get fitness, I’ve recently made a bunch of arrows up for my recurve bow and done maintenance on all my fishing gear for another 12 months. So good!

Need ideas? Throw your minds back to Home Improvement days, follow your local reality TV or home renovations show, or Google/YouTube search ideas. (Source: Home Improvement, 1999).

7. Social Networking & Spending Quality Time with Loved Ones

If you’re an Introvert, you’re probably already great at this self-isolation thing. If you’re an Extrovert, however, or somewhere in-between, you might be doing it tough right now.

Remaining connected with the outside world is crucial; it is the answer to our sanity… Though it should be the right kind of connectivity. Spending quality time with those in your household, keeping in touch with friends and family over social networks and reaching out to new contacts is excellent! Spending hours scrolling and being mood-influenced by the media’s constant dramatic reporting and then absorbing everyone’s opinions over social media, interspersed with comparing yourself to others’ Facebook lives, is hugely detrimental and needs to be moderated.

At home, make sure you take breaks for coffee chats, meals and a sunset drink with those around you. Arrange Zoom, Skype or similar linkups with those outside your household. Keep building your networks, but instead of meetings in-person do so via online means, through tools such as LinkedIn. While even dating sites have stated all meetings should be virtual at this time, it doesn’t hurt to talk or share your thoughts with others. Connectivity is everything. And if you’re struggling, please, open up to someone.

You could even upload the Houseparty app, where you can still be a social butterfly — The only distancing you still have to do there is physical…

*I’m finding it hard to deal with isolation. I’m a physical person and we know that’s not on right now. I also bounce between intro and extrovert, but going full introvert is taking its toll. My only sanity here is planning future adventures with friends, keeping in touch with clients about next year’s Safaris, and knowing someday soon enough we’ll all earn our release from these self-imposed prisons.

8. Start Your Own Pursuit of Happiness

One of the greatest exercises we can do during isolation is look inward and evaluate where we are in life right now. It’s an inevitable process that most of us will likely go through while coping with inside-time, especially now the perspective of this event lends itself to reflection on what is vs. what could have been. Hindsight can be cruel — But in this moment, the biggest equalizer of the last +80 years, the opportunity to look hindsight in the eye and do something about it will likely never happen again in our lifetimes.

Reevaluate > Improve + Evolve > Plan for Life After Iso > Execute.

The pursuit of happiness, of purpose, and of positive contribution to environment and humanity is a journey we’re all on — And the hardest answer of all to seek, “The Meaning of Life”, as performed famously by Monty Python (among others), is essentially concerning a pursuit of happiness and purpose. There are thousands of self-discovery and developmental tools out there, from personality tests like Myers-Briggs and the Enneagram, reading into the meaning behind your astrological/star sign and Chinese zodiac, and understanding how to best access your Flow State, to completing data sheets such as a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats), performance evaluations, and drafting a personal curriculum vitae. Should you choose any of these, you must give yourself time to first understand the validity/science behind each, as well as their additional meanings.

*One tool I found especially useful came by chance to my brother one day as a second-hand book, and to this date is the most influential single piece of reading I’ve ever applied myself to — The small book “I Dare You”, by William H Danforth. His four-square personal development philosophy spoke to me so profoundly that I still abide by those principles today and attribute a lot of my life’s success to the mindset that book helped me develop.

A pursuit of happiness is a journey, but it’s also inside you. The more you know about yourself and the reasons behind why you are the way you are, the more control you will have over your future and your ability to find your own version of happiness. Exploring the wild is my happy place. (Source: Shane Ross, 2018).

9. Plan Ahead & Dare to Dream

After this is over, we should all emerge grateful, understanding of the power of our own opportunities and privilege, and be ready to face the world as better people than when we first entered isolation. To not do so is a shamefully missed opportunity for self-development. Don’t miss that boat.

I’m not talking about fairy-tales here and dreaming of Avatar, Narnia or Alice in Wonderland-like worlds… What I mean is, if you could plan now and start working towards your dreams, what would you have to do to get you there?

In addition to self-care and education, completing projects and getting creative, we should still allow ourselves to dream. This will be over, soon enough. So, think outside the box. Work toward turning dreams into reality.

A few things to think about when planning ahead and daring to dream:

Travels — Thinking about both the holidays you had booked prior to all this, and the dreams you’ve always had sitting on ice. It’s hugely beneficial to plan ahead to realize those travel dreams. You might not be able to book anything right now, but you’ll still get that travel booking buzz by emailing a prospective tour provider and registering your interest in a future trip. Not only will you get that warm feeling, but you’ll give some hope to your booking agent or tour guide too — And that does huge things for a tourism-provider’s future outlook in such challenging times.

Career — Consider where you are, where you’d like to be, and what you need to do to get yourself to the point in your career that would make you truly happy.

Lifestyle — Dream of the lifestyle you always wanted. If you’re not there yet, don’t despair. Take steps needed to get you closer to that goal and work hard on them now. After all, life is about work, rest and play.

Relationships — From personal and family/friend relationships to building your professional network, get active now to nourish those for the long-term.

Community contributions — What contributions are you making to your local, or broader, community? Whether it’s frequent blood donations, time commitments to community projects, supporting others in your community or making financial contributions, every little bit helps. It’s great for your own morale and reputation, but it potentially has more positive benefits for those at the receiving end. Your community presence might be helping others achieve their dreams, too, which can only be a plus for you.

Inspiration — Who inspires you? Think of all the mentors, leaders, heroes, heroines and inspirational figures you look up to in life. Then, think of them in terms of building your own Expert Advisory Panel, a panel of cheerleaders-meets-critical-peers audience… Who would you choose? List your Top 10, then think about how you might: a) Work towards being like those you aspire to (this is not meant to be a comparison exercise but an aspirational one); and b) If under their scrutiny, what would their critique of where you are right now sound like, and what of that constructive criticism could you turn into good?

*My dreams are a blend of lifestyle-meets-career choices, something I’ve been working particularly hard at for the last five years. My dream is to create a business that takes me around the world, allows me to inspire and influence people on a broad scale, and that helps me also appreciate and protect all the beauty in the world. To do this I’d also need to own a sailing boat, learn to fly a plane, and have the ability and connections to land on any continent, adventuring to places very few people have been before…

Dare to dream, whatever that looks like for you. The DreamWorks Pictures logo nails it with their dreamy boy-on-the-moon scene. (Source: DreamWorks Pictures, 2020).

10. Establish Routine: Practice Now Makes Perfect Later

While this point sounds less awesome than those items that came before it, it is no less crucial. If you were already great at working to a routine and it does work well for you, then keep that process polished. Don’t lose the positive progress you’ve made. If, however, like me you find it hard to stick to routine, isolation is the time to fine-tune and practice it. By the time we’re out, you’ll have ironed out the creases and will be making it work for you.

My process looks like this: 1) Diary/Journal (a Moleskine Weekly Notebook) > 2) Trello, a brilliant scheduling app for your phone > 3) Pomodoro Technique (Focus Keeper app) > 4) Fitness Watch (Garmin) + Connect app. What we should also be aware of is the work that comes before all this, the foundations of your lifestyle and dreams-hunting: Long, medium and short-term goals you’ve listed, your life ambitions, new year resolutions, your year-ahead plan, down to your monthly/weekly/daily plan. I love working most of these things out on butcher’s paper initially, though you might prefer a whiteboard, notebook, computer program or app on your phone.

Additional Tips. If you have a Facebook business page you can schedule posts up to six months in advance; or use apps like Hootsuite to schedule other social media posts eg. Instagram.

11. Support Local & Small Businesses

Your support will be crucial to local/small business in coming months, as well as your country’s economic stability in the short-to-medium term. Do your best to acknowledge and support the local/small businesses near you, before buying from international companies.

It’s undoubtedly a tough time for almost all of us right now, but let’s focus on the positives. One great positive that should come out of this experience is understanding and being humbled by how fragile and vulnerable we all are… And acknowledging that when international borders and shipping are closed how dependent we are on local/small businesses to get us through in our home towns.

From takeaway coffee to personal delivery of manufactured products — And knowing local events and those in Tourism, Events and the Arts were hit immediately and hardest — Acknowledging a lot of operators are local, and supporting them before we buy from international companies, may be the do-or-die turning point for local businesses. Yes, these tough times will eliminate some of our competitors. But those it doesn’t eliminate will likely have spent this time building and reinforcing their businesses too, and so your support will be crucial to local/small business in coming months — And your country’s economic stability in the short-medium term.

12. Get Your Finances in Order

While some of us may so far have come out of this unscathed, there’s no denying we will all feel a little economic pinch from this event. It’s up to you to make the most of a tricky situation and find out how you can come out on top.

I’ve listed several intangible ways to value-add to your self and possessions above, from learning new skills to property maintenance, though there are ways to tangibly source economic benefits too. If you’re lucky enough to be from a country that is rolling out stimulus packages, look into which of those might actually be relevant to you — Through your bank or financial advisor, tax authority or Government websites. Don’t be too proud to sign up when those around you are happily seeking help. If you’re entitled, claim it.

If you run a business, again, think about innovation or side-step opportunities to turn what might be a quiet business right now into a more-stable income. Think of restaurants offering take-away, gyms offering online fitness classes and homeschooling/online learning opportunities.

In your career, add to your skill set, expand your business network reach, or look for other ways to evolve that will set you in good stead once things settle again.

And while we’re all on forced downtime, get on top of your personal and business finances. Find systems and tools that work for you; figure out your weekly, monthly and/or annual budget, aka your expenditure vs. income; discover your net worth, whether it’s an annual sum or a weekly income, and if you’re not happy with it use this exercise to trigger positive change; define a strategy to aim for your dreams using the above, particularly reevaluating your goals against your net worth; and try not to jump into your Super or savings accounts at this time. Call your tax or financial advisor to find out where you can cut costs and make savings for the near future.

*While I might usually be too proud to apply for financial assistance, I have applied for an Australian relief package. My business has gone from positive growth to standstill overnight and without assistance I face too many tough challenges on my own. My financial preparation for upcoming tax claims are always in shambles, as are my loose accounting methods, so I’m using this time to tidy those and be better prepared for when I’m able to make an income again.

13. Cleanse & De-clutter

This is a no-brainer. It’s time to Spring-clean, empty cupboards and drawers, and sort your 10,000-folders digital situation.

Think about what you might de-clutter in the context of the latter 3R’s of the 5R Recycling process — 1) Refuse > 2) Reduce > 3) Reuse > 4) Repurpose > 5) Recycle.

This exercise should result in improvements to your “waste” management process, see items reused or repurposed in your own home, recycled (with proper sorting), and what remains should be considered for donation… and the tiiiny amount remaining for disposal. Your actual waste footprint, even for a full household of +4 people, still shouldn’t fill a small wheelie bin on a weekly basis. If it does, you’re missing the mark.

As a nature photographer, I have a portfolio from the past five years alone of over 100,000 images; and probably +500 hours of video clips. I will continue to cull images from these folders over time, but now is the best time for you to go through photo albums and cull outdated images (and re-post the good stuff, #TBT’s); de-clutter your desktop and other files; sort Word and Adobe docs; and read-then-delete those saved tabs in your Bookmarks, Shazam, Instagram, Facebook and To Be Read (TBR) lists.

*I try to do this regularly, but right now you could dedicate an hour every day to this and feel so much better about your non-clutter in two weeks’ time.

14. Remember to Enjoy the Little Things

Last but not least — And taking a brilliant rule out of the particularly relevant-right-now cult classic Zombieland — “Rule #32: Enjoy the Little Things.

Enjoying the little things is a relatively simple process involving opening your eyes, taking in the beauty that is all around you — In everything and in every direction you look — And smiling at how intricate they are. It could be admiring the delicate but precise weaving of the smallest spider web, taking in the bouquet of your garden’s blossoming flowers, the wafting smells of your next door neighbor’s cooking, the twitter of a cheery bird first thing in the morning, or even the steam rising from your coffee/tea as you sip it, crucial to starting your every day.

Reflecting on the pursuit of happiness — Happiness being a mindfulness practice in itself that is more about being present and content rather than eternally searching for “it”… Your happiness is IN you, not somewhere in front of you or in the future. It’s also about lowering expectations, being more realistic. Focusing on the now, rather than the unknowns of the future or the lessons of the past. Living in this moment. Accepting those things that are out of your control, but doing something positive about those things you can. Enjoying what you do, and why, or changing it if you’re not happy doing it. Loving those around you, and being open about how you feel. Less comparing to others, more contentedness in your own journey. Less worry, and more focus on the good you can manifest.

But most importantly… do what you do conscientiously, respectfully, with a heart full of love and with just the right amount of care to benefit (but not cripple) you, and not harm those around you.

Enjoy the little things. That’s where the magic happens.

Rule #32. Enjoy the Little Things. It’s where happiness truly lives. (Source: Zombieland, 2009).

How Did You Score?

Print this list out (or the shorter version here) and tick off those you’ve done. Use apps like Trello to schedule your time and maximize your likelihood of squeezing the most out of every day. We’ve gone from a time of living ahead of our time to suddenly living more in the moment. Everyone has been equalized right now — It’s what you do with your time between now and when we emerge into a new normal that will set you out ahead of the pack.

Am I taking my own advice? I have my good and bad days, but you bet, I most certainly am practicing what I preach.

I have called off all African adventures for 2020, but by 2021 I’ll have been improving them for 12 months and they’ll be a new kind of value-packed tour when travel is opened up once more. To find out more and register interest in joining a 2021 RAW Safari, visit www.raw-worldwide.com.

Thanks for reading!

Big love, Shane x




Optimism is everything. An Aussie leading African Safaris. Lover of photography, exploration, writing & all things outdoors. Minimalist, naturalist, ethologist.

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Optimism is everything. An Aussie leading African Safaris. Lover of photography, exploration, writing & all things outdoors. Minimalist, naturalist, ethologist.

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