In 2016, my monthly income increased by 15x.
Before I accepted a job offer here in the US, I couldn’t support myself with my salary as a healthcare provider in the Philippines. I lived with my parents and did not have to pay for rent, food, or other bills. The only things I had to pay for were my gas and unnecessary expenses.
When I found out how much I will be earning with the new job, I immediately computed how much I need to spend on my monthly bills.
Based on my computations, I would be saving a lot.
“So many things to do, so little time.”
That’s how I always felt before. I wake up feeling tired, go to work feeling tired, and get home feeling tired. Even though I tell myself I’ll do better the next day, I always end up having no time and energy to do anything else.
So I decided to come up with something that will help me get more hours in one day.
The day I became a responsible adult is the day I said goodbye to 8 hours of sleep.
Through time, I discovered that the quality of sleep I get…
At your best, you can only be productive for 3–4 hours a day.
When you want to be creative and your job requires high mental energy, it helps to do it in intervals and take short breaks in between. This is how a timer (tomato, or Pomodoro in Italian) becomes useful. It helps you think clearly and focus on the task.
It is important to follow the Pomodoro technique strictly to get the most out of it.
For example, I would typically break down my tasks like this:
In 2016, I quit my day job to start making money online. I felt like an underpaid healthcare provider who thought that my job was keeping me from something that I enjoy doing.
I made more money online than I did when I was working in the hospital. But I also ended up working longer hours. I liked what I was doing but at the end of the day, it felt like I did it to earn money because I did not have a job.
It wasn’t anything like having more time to do what I love doing.
“Eighty percent of success is showing up”
— Woody Allen
You don’t have to make the first move harder than it already is. I know what it feels like when you need to do a task — writing a song, starting a blog, doing a workout, studying, you name it. All these require effort and most of the time, before we even get started, we think about where to start and how hard it’s going to be.
The good news is, you don’t have to get up and run a 5k marathon. You only have to wear your running shoes…
The promises of self-help books are not too good to be true.
You may see reviews stating how a book changed somebody’s life and you don’t feel the same. Chances are: a.) what you are reading (the book and the review) are lies, or b.) you are doing something wrong. In most cases, it’s the latter.
Don’t read for the sake of reading.
You can get the most out of your book and by doing these things instead:
The harder you squeeze the sponge, the more wisdom you can get out of it.
Authors deliver non-fiction books as straightforward they…
If you want a good life someday, be prepared to suffer today.
This might not be the best thing to hear but it’s a fact. You cannot expect to achieve that dream body, dream house, early retirement, or anything you desire if you don’t give up something today — it’s probably going to be your sleep and your time.
Know the difference between what you deserve versus made-up reasons
I used to have this habit of trying to save a lot and then spending all my savings on just one big purchase. My reason? I I worked hard enough and…
I used to measure my productivity based on how much I accomplished throughout the day. I would make a daily schedule and feel most productive when I’m able to stick with it. However, I get upset when something gets in the way of following my plans for the day. This happens more often than I expect to. Today, I no longer create one. Here’s how I still get things done:
According to Stephen R. Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, there are four Quadrants on how we spend our time.
Quadrant I — Necessity (Urgent and Important)
Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. If you can get one percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done.
— James Clear
It’s easy to decide to make better habits but hard to start doing them. That has been my problem for a very long time. I wanted to achieve so many things by being productive every day yet I always get disappointed when I don’t meet my expectations.
I realized that I don’t have to burn myself out in building healthy habits, especially if I am only starting…
I went from shopping for clothes, bags and shoes to buying things that can help me earn money.
It’s not your salary that makes you rich, it’s your spending habits. — Charles A. Jaffe
I wanted to buy a new Apple device, but I used the money to buy Apple shares instead.
I wanted a new camera, but I purchased more technology stocks instead.
I wanted to book a vacation, but it was a pandemic so I got stocks of travel services instead.
It’s easy to become a consumer, but every time I have the urge to buy something, I…