This weekend I reposted my article, How To Be Successful in the New Year, which has been an annual tradition for years. The keys to success haven't really changed, but my understanding has over time. Last year, I set out to create a website designed to curate the very best information to help you live the best life possible.
If that sounds a little too ambitious for the "Lazy Man" give yourself a pat on the back. Be Better Now has 50 articles that cover a very small percentage of what I hope to cover. It's not enough to call it a comprehensive plan to living the best life possible, but I think there's enough to get you started down the right path.
In the spirit of the New Year and making resolutions to be the best we can be, I thought I'd highlight a few of the articles and why they may help you:
In 10 years of writing Lazy Man and Money and reading personal finance blogs/magazines, I like to think I've learned a thing or two. This article is my first attempt to put together my best ideas on retiring early/reaching financial freedom. You could read dozens of books on the subject or you can start with the ten minutes of this blog post. It's your choice, but you know which one I'd go with, right?
I realize I'm in the minority where I work from home. I need to structure my whole day to make sure that I don't waste it. It's too easy for me to read about the 53rd player on the Patriots roster who will likely not make meaningful contributions to the team.
For this reason, I wrote an article about what my most productive day would look like. I don't follow it every day, but it's a good guide to have a place. It gives me something to strive for. Even if you don't work from home, I think the idea of planning your best day and getting it in writing is helpful. If you need a little help getting started, take a look at my day and incorporate what you find useful into your life.
Other Productivity Ideas
There are a few productivity articles that aren't so ambitious as the last two which can help you with very specific problems. For example:
- How To Say “No!”
- How to Avoid Digital Distractions
- Organizing Your Ideas with Mind Maps
- Prioritizing Your To-Do List: Getting the Right Things Done
Get Your Head into the Game
Yoga Berra once said "Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical." His purposeful erroneous math makes it memorable, but he's certainly correct about being mentally focused being the key to success (even outside of baseball). With that in mind (pun intended), here are some articles that may help you:
- Baby Steps: Start Small and Keep Improving
- Commitment Contracts: Motivation Made Easy
- Put Your Mind Over Clutter
- How to Get Motivated
I have a section of articles on health at Be Better Now. I need to put more effort into this area to get it to match the previous areas. In the meantime, I'd call your attention to 7 Tips to Eat Less and Lose Weight and Food Journals and Tiny Habits.
Hopefully you found a couple of things in here that you wanted to learn more about. At the very least, give one of the articles a read. I designed Be Better Now to be more addictive than crack. I might not have succeeded, but the idea was to help push you down a path of self-improvement. I found that once you improve in one area it becomes easier to improve in all areas. Once you gain control of your money, it's easier to parlay that success to gain control of your diet. Once you master the art of having your most productive day, you'll have time to cook meals at home which are healthier and cost less.
I find that self improvement all works together. However, it only works if you are willing to take a step. Are you up for the challenge?
Next: My 2015 Financial Year in Review