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Blockchain and cryptocurrency explained

I’m a fan of new ideas and new ways to adjust our society to the evolution that the Internet has brought us.

I’ve kept my eye on bitcoin for some time now. Not as a big time investor, but as a technology watcher. Although my little share of bitcoin has the biggest return I’ve ever seen. On paper that is, because I don’t want to sell it. Bitcoin is like digital gold. You keep it for a rainy day. I’m not a day trader.

But the blockchain technology behind bitcoin has so much applications than only being a digital currency. Blockchain is the future and it will change the way the world does commerce in the future.

Hate banks that make you beg for a loan and charge high interest fees? Blockchain will allow worldwide micro loans between individuals at much lower cost.

Hate the large fees you pay to banks, PayPal or Credit Card companies when you want to transfer money between people in different countries? Or hate being at the mercy of their ever changing rules, canceling accounts for no good reason, just to protect their own assets? Cryptocurrency solves this problem.

Hate lawyers, notary fees, expensive escrow services? Look into smart contracts build upon blockchain technology.

I’m fascinated by the evolution and the potential that blockchain and cryptocurrency will bring to our world and I plan to write more about it.

In the meantime, read this awesome article by Nick Szabo, one of the founding fathers of the concepts behind cryptocurrency:

Guide to Minimalism

How daily routines can help you stay focused

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

How Meditation Can Help You Be More Productive

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.

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My experience with Intermittent Fasting

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

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