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The Writing Challenge

There is a secret of achieving success. It’s all about taking action. Without action, there are no results.

I told a friend recently: some day I want to write a book. I don’t know yet what will be the topic of the book but for some reason, publishing a book is one of my life goals. But the problem is, there will never be ‘some day’.

But the problem is, there will never be ‘some day’. The only way to write a book is to start writing, write something every single day. It doesn’t have to be good, it doesn’t have to go into the book. Only a small percentage of what you actually write will be good enough to use later for a blog post or for a book. The rest is just an exercise in writing.

So this will be my new challenge. I should write something every day. Besides my daily journaling. I will start with this blog.  Continue reading

How to create a 5 year plan

In this video, Brian Tracy explains how to create a 5 year plan for your life.


It is better to have a bad plan than no plan at all.

He asks himself these 6 questions for every year in his plan:

  1. What do I want to change this year?
  2. Where am I living?
  3. How do I want to better myself this year?
  4. What steps do I need to make for financial security?
  5. What are some fun things I want to do this year?
  6. What goals do I have for my family?

I used to plan for at least 1 or 2 years ahead but I think there is value in planning a bit further away. In the end, it is just a plan. You can change and adapt when life gives you more challenges or opportunities.

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

Tips for the coffee addict

I’ve talked a lot about productivity tricks, but what is productivity without coffee?

It is said that software developers are machines that convert coffee into code. But also in other sectors, not much is getting done before the first cup of Joe.

Here are a number of tips to feed your caffeine addiction.

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10 notebooks to help you organise your life

If you read my other post, you will know that planning is important to keep your life organized.

I wrote this post originally in 2016 but I recently updated it to 2017. I removed some notebooks that seem to have disappeared, added new ones and updated some links.

Make sure you pick the journal that suits you best. There is no single perfect journal for everyone. Find one that fits your character. If you are a very creative person, have a look at number 3 and number 10 in the list.

Here are 10 notebooks that can help you to stay on track.

1. Freedom planner

Freedom Planner

The Freedom Planner is a powerful notebook that includes a monthly and weekly planner and daily schedule. All schedules are undated so you can start using it at any day of the year. Continue reading

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