Box 1: Transact
The first box in the 8 + 1 system is Transact, and it’s about making money.
Transact is just making sure that you have a job, or advisory gigs, or something that’s bringing in a direct revenue stream to support your life.
Box 2: Invest
The second box is Invest, and it’s really about doing things where my input today compounds over time.
Box 3: Assist
The third box is Assist, and it’s about helping people. It’s something I do anyway, but I want to become better at it. Having it as a bucket makes sure that I’m purposeful about doing more assisting, and getting better at it.
Box 4: Learn
The fourth box is Learn. This box is about being very self-aware of what my output is, and then figuring out what I need to learn to become better at providing that output.
Box 5: Health
The fifth box is Health.
To make a computer metaphor: your body is your hardware, and your mind is your software. So if your body or your mind breaks down everything else breaks down.
Box 6: Family
The sixth box is Family. I have a wife and a kid, and I aspire to be a good husband and a good father. Having this as an explicit box makes sure that I’m being purposeful and conscious about achieving those goals.
Box 7: Relationships
The seventh box is Relationships.
And because of that I’ve been more of a social butterfly than most people. And think that’s helped me become better at what I do.
Box 8: Ego or Self-Kindness
The last box is Ego or Self-Kindness.
This box is about doing things for myself, and doing things that make me happy, and grateful, and creating moments for myself that I enjoy.
The Plus One part of this is setting aside time every single week to go through each of the boxes and make sure that they’re filled up.