In my previous post, I wrote about meditation and I concluded that focus is a very important factor in a productive life.
Meditation is one way of helping you find focus. Other things that can help are routines and habits.
How habits can help preserve mental energy
In life, every small thing can be a distraction.
When I was trying to optimize my morning routines this week, I noticed I lost at least 5 minutes deciding which pants I would wear to work because my go-to pants were in the laundry.
This is me, without any concern about fashion style or whatsoever and still, I’m wasting not only time but also mental energy on a pair of pants. This is the reason why I prefer to wear a ‘uniform’. Like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg already discovered a long time ago, it is just easier to have a predefined outfit ready to put on in the morning. By the way, you don’t have to wear the same thing every day, have a look at Project 333 for creating a fashionable uniform. Continue reading
My introduction to Meditation
Until recently, when I heard the word meditation, I would always thing about monks humming or over-aged hippies sitting in lotus position.
But then I started reading more and more about how successful business people use meditation in their daily routine. It was more than just a coincidence, it was a recurring theme among a lot of successful people.
When I saw this video from Chris Winters I decided I had to give it a try myself.
I started doing intermittent fasting in June 2016 and it has been quite a journey. 8 months later I’m down 8 kilo (17 pounds for you yankees) but it hasn’t been a straight line and in the mean time I’ve noticed a number of other benefits that have little to do with weight loss.
In this post, I share my personal experience. None of this should be taken as advice. Find out what works for you and consult your doctor if needed before doing anything drastic.
Follow me on my journey towards a better life.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is fasting for a limited period of time. You can choose how long and how often you fast. It is not a fixed regime, there are a lot of different ways to do intermittent fasting. I will go into some of these in this post.
The best source I found about (intermittent) fasting is a book called The Complete Guide To Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung.
It’s a great book that I can recommend to everyone who wants to learn more about fasting before trying it. Continue reading
I was listening to a podcast interview with Adam Robinson the other day and something he said really struck me.
He mentioned an epiphany that he got last year and that he converted in his new personal mantra.
“Learn to focus on the needs of others over needs of the self.”
This one thing helped him overcome depression and be more happy in life, but also more successful.
I think this could pretty well be the biggest secret to happiness in life. Continue reading
Systems beat goals anytime.
I’ve written before about systems and goals, but in this post, I will discuss the difference between the two.
I finally got around to start reading Scott Adams’ book ‘How to fail at anything and still win big‘. In this book, Scott writes about the benefits of having systems instead of only chasing goals without a system in place.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams
And when I look closer to my own relative successes and my not so relative failures, I noticed that there was a system behind every success and a lack of system behind any failure. Continue reading