Monthly Archives: October 2011

How to have more by having less – Get rid of 20%

An interesting concept , and very challenging at the same time that
i just learned recently by eben pagan in his self made wealth program.
In order to improve your mindset towards wealth is the
"Throw away 20% of what you have"...

Why you ask? 
Having more sometimes just takes your time.
There was a multi-millionaire that had a huge estate, 
where he had riches and goodies.
A huge field of grass that was kept nice and green by some sprinklers.
The funny thing here is that the sprinkler system broke so often that he had to
hire someone just to change the sprinkler devices everyday...

More stuff = more energy to keep track of it all = mentality of no satisfaction

I consider myself very open minded and I do all of the excercises
on the programs i do (not just listen passively), but this
one made me think twice...

"Get rid of 20%?!", this guy is nuts, was the thought that
inmediately went through my mind.

Why? Why would you get rid of your stuff?!
I mean, it cost you money... time... effort to get.

Okay adan, now you are taking this too seriously.

You first start small.
Any old shoes or clothes in your closet that you are not using anymore?
Maybe they don't fit?
In my case my closet was full of clothes, some new, some fancy...
And i found out that i was normally wearing the same 4-5 on a consistent basis.
It got so full that i reached mental paralysis, 
and just to not try to find something new i would unconciously wear what i knew i liked...

Well i checked through all my clothes and bam got rid of the old ones with holes and stuff. 
Even some stuff with holes i had emotional attachments to them, 
these took a bit more self persuation to do..

Shoes... i had a pair there that was just taking up space. Gone!
Magazines... lots of pc magazines that keep me up to date on technology and stuff,
but seriously, i wasn't going to read them again and it was just taking space in my shelf...
see ya! (plus i have the pdf version :P )

Papers on my filing cabinets... gone...
Old cables, hard drives that crashed that i would eventually
get the info inside of them when i got rich.... adios.
Old pens, papers, books that i don't care about anymore...sayonara.

Physical stuff cleanup... gone...
Hard drive.... movies, videos, music that i really am sure i won't watch ever again...

NOW the hardest part... my to do list...
There were some projects that seriously were not moving along and i had to kill them.

The end result.
Less stuff to manage, more physical and emotional space to
actually think about what i want to do in my life.
Less junk to slow me done... less dependance to things... and a nicer and cleaner room :)
I mean i love things, but i think twice about what i get now.

Also, you don't have to throw away the stuff, give them to someone
that might need them around you :)

Do you have any places in your life where you could get rid of 20% to make
make room for more? How would this improve your life?

Looking forward to hearing from everyone 
Good luck!

How i made the switch from night owl to morning lark

Lately i’ve been doing eben pagan’s “wake up productive program” and i’m comletely in love.

I’ve usually been a huge fan of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity"" ” and Tony Robbin’s Time of your life, but this program is showing me new ways of taking my life to a newer level of productivity.

I’m originally a night owl (my productivity switch turns on at night). I love to stay up late until i can’t work anymore.

But due to my current job (i wake up at about 5 am to start work at 6am), my internal biological clock which controls my sleep is
just getting out of control.
I would go to bed late and wake up late on my off days, and on my work days i would go to bed late (sometimes early if i was lucky)
and i would wake up early… and for the next 4 or 5 hours my body would be in agony because of the hectic sleep schedule.

Now, even when i wanted to go to sleep early, i would fail because being energetic at 10pm (which is the time i usually need to sleep),
would not “feel” right. And it’s very tempting to just stay up late and keep working.

My work around?
Good old iphone alarm.

I set up a recurring alarm to go off at 9:30 pm. And i call this my “wind down” time.
Finish quickly whatever it is that i was doing, and get ready to go to bed at 10:00pm.

Now, going to sleep early is one thing, but waking up early consistently is another thing.
My alarm is also set up to go off at 5:00am in the morning. That means i get a good 7 hours of sleep.
Now here is an interesting distinction that took me lots of trial and error.

Most people keep their alarms next to them, where they can turn them off unconciously.
My alarm is far away from me. And it’s pretty loud.
This FORCES me to bolt out of bed.

From here i start my morning ritual

  1. Next to my alarm, is a nice bottle of water. Eben pagan recommends to drink half a litter of water , first thing in the morning to cleanse yourself.
  2. Next I go outside and i do a small jog just to get my metabolism on, and my heart rate on.
  3. After that i eat my power meal or power shake. Basically it has green drink, almond milk, brown rice protein, blueberries, and other stuff to get you on a peak health state.
  4. I do 20 minutes of reading.
  5. And i Eat my Frog, which is an idea i got from,Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time"" “. Basically, I Do my most important project first thing in the morning for a chunk of 2 hours.
I’ve been doing this consisently for almost a month now and i’ve been able to
  1. Stay energetic throughout the day, no matter my work or days off, schedule.
  2. Advance my most important projects in a peak state of mind in the morning, and almost get it to a completion.
  3. Take care of my body and my soul.
If anyone wants to try it, feel free. What i like now about the morning lark over the night owl is the CONTROL
it gives me to do the MOST IMPORTANT THINGS in the morning without procrastinating.
Good luck
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