Welcome to my fifth 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, November and December reports.
January was another great month. Financially it was the worst month so far but I chilled on a tropical island, traveled a lot, climbed a volcano, bought a new camera and flew to Singapore.
January was the worst month financially since I started monthly lifestyle reports. I made just $562.26 after business expenses and taxes. I didn’t focus on making money last month as I spent a lot of time learning, traveling and attending personal branding bootcamp.
The very first day of 2017 I spent with my girlfriend on Gili Air, a little island near Lombok. After deserved rest, I challenged myself and climbed Mount Batur, an active volcano in Bali.
By the end of the January, I splurged on new technology while visiting Singapore by the end of the month. My Fitbit Charge HR broke down and I decided to ditch it and switch to the Apple Watch 2. The main reason for the change was that Apple Watch 2 is waterproof where Fitbit Charge HR wore out in just 6 months from sweat during workouts and occasional rain. Fitbit support was more than nice and offered me to replace my broken tracker for free.
I made a big investment and bought Sony RX100 V camera. It turns out it doesn’t have the external microphone plug so I decided to get Zoom H1 handy portable digital recorder and combine it with Audio-Technica ATR3350 omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone. The downside of this combo is that sound and video won’t be synced. Expect high-quality video and audio content soon!
Sleep & fitness
Fitbit Charge HR, my sleep and fitness tracker broke down on 12th of January. I wasn’t able to track my sleep and fitness anymore. Unfortunately, I have to skip these parts for January’s report.
January was a little more productive than December. I spent a lot of time setting goals, planning the new year and attending a 4-day personal branding bootcamp. I went away with clarity, confidence and actionable plan for the year.
RescueTime helps me to track everything I do on my laptop. Use “TOMASLAU” coupon code to get 20% off the premium plan. I consider it a good day if my productivity pulse is over 55. Below are my stats from January.
Social media and blog stats
January was another good month for my blog and social presence. Readership and following are slowly growing and I can’t wait to start implementing my content marketing strategies I came up with at the personal branding bootcamp.
Articles, books, videos & tools
This year I’m reading roughly one book a week as a part of 52 book challenge. If you’re curious, check my list and join the challenge on Goodreads.
For more book recommendations and summaries take a look at my reading list.
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