Welcome to my fourth lifestyle report including income, sleep, fitness, personal expenses, blog statistics and learnings reports. If you’re curious why and how I started monthly lifestyle report, study my September, October and November reports.
December is a very special month for me. It’s Christmas, my birthday and a New Years Eve. I like to look back and see how far I’ve come. I like to remember and be grateful for people who supported, encouraged and made me feel special. 2016 was a fantastic year with powerful life lessons.
December was another profitable month. Most of my income came from Just&Tom, a creative content marketing agency I co-founded with Justas Markus in August 2016.
December was crazy expensive compared to my spendings in November. One thing is that I relocated to a beautiful island of Bali, the other thing is that my girlfriend came for a visit and we went to places. As you can see, I spent a lot on food and coffee, but hey, I’m a foodie and coffeeholic.
I can’t complain about my sleep. I love waking up early, but I must be consistent with it to have a quality sleep and feel rejuvenated the next morning.
I use Fitbit Charge HR to track my sleep, steps, physical activity and heart rate. Below is a quick summary of my December activity.
December is not the most fruitful month of the year. There are holidays, my birthday and a feeling of slacking off and enjoying the moment. That’s why December wasn’t as productive as previous months.
RescueTime helps me to track everything I do on my laptop. I consider it a good day if my productivity pulse is over 55. Below are my stats from December.
Social media and blog stats
In December my blog and social media following were steadily growing and I reached over 20,000 followers on Instagram. Thanks to Grum, an app that allows you to schedule your Instagram posts using a laptop. Most of my followers came from and apps.
Articles, books, videos & tools
Last month I had pleasure reading Hooked by Nir Eyal and rereading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Also, I published my 52 book challenge for 2017, including a list of 52 books I want to read. Make sure to check my list and join the challenge on Goodreads.
For more book recommendations and summaries take a look at my reading list.
How do you make a living without a job? Can you receive income without working for it? Is it possible, to begin with, and then, the hard part, is it ethical? If you were raised to believe that work is the index of your value to society, as most of us were, would it feel like cheating to get something for nothing?
The next time you find an article, video or a link you want to read or watch later, just save it to Pocket. It’ll sync across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can come back to it whenever and wherever you’d like, even when you’re offline.
A tool spawned from frustration with finding a good cafe or decent work space when on the run or in a foreign city. It helps the community quickly share and explore excellent spots to get work done.
Is there still time to make a mark? A big-data analysis of scientific careers appearing in the journal Science finds a host of factors that have nothing to do with age or early stardom. Keep working. Just because you are too young or too old, it doesn’t affect your success. Put in hours, learn as much as you can and attract more luck (I wish I knew how to do it).
If you tie your happiness to the outcomes of some deferred life plan, as most people do, then you spend so much of your time thinking about hitting the goal that you miss out on all the fun along the way.
Music designed for the brain to enhance focus, relaxation, meditation, naps and sleep within 10-15 minutes of use.
With email tracking, you’ll know as soon as someone opens your message. Sending to a group? It will show which individual opened your message so that you can follow up with precision.
TIME selected the best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and, in some cases, a little more fun.
James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, speaker and writer. In his TEDx talk, he discusses the main ideas of his Amazon bestselling book “Choose Yourself.” James explains how he rose from repeated failure to find success.
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