Welcome to my seventh lifestyle report including income, personal expenses, blog statistics and learnings reports. If you’re curious why and how I started monthly lifestyle report, study my first lifestyle report.
March was another exciting growth focused month. I visited Pai, Grand Canyon Chiang Mai, spent time with friends in the water park, played bowling, explored amazing coffee shops and read 5 inspiring books.
In March, I had quite a lot of business expenses including copywriting, editing, legal consulting and web development services. After all the expenses and taxes I made only $971.84 and as you will see later, spent almost double that, covering my lifestyle from my savings. For comparison, last month I made $4,052.14 after business expenses and taxes.
March was another month of great food including Japanese, Indian, Italian, Thai and American cuisines. I spent quite a lot of money on fun activities, including buying a new fitness tracker, Fitbit Charge 2. It’s my third fitness tracker and I hope it will last longer than the previous ones.
Sleep & fitness
In February I was happy to buy the Apple Watch 2. In March, I broke it while swimming in the pool. Fixing the smartwatch in Chiang Mai costs nearly as much as buying a new one. That’s why I decided to switch back to Fitbit as I like their sleep, heart rate and activity tracking more. I must skip sleep and fitness report due to incomplete data.
In March, I was a lot more productive than February. I woke up at around 5 am and worked from home, coffee shops and co-working space nearby. Also, I joined a weekly mastermind to discuss challenges, wins, and goals together with Adomas Baltagalvis and Justas Markus. It’s an exciting way to learn what other like-minded people are working on. I get a lot of value sharing my goals, progress and daily challenges. If you haven’t tried a mastermind, do it!
RescueTime is a little app that sits quietly inside of your laptop and tracks everything you do. Use “TOMASLAU” coupon code to get 20% off the premium plan.
Then, it automatically assesses productive and distracting activity and gives you a productivity score. I consider it a good day if my productivity pulse is over 55. Below are my stats from March.
Social media and blog stats
March was another slow month for my blog and quite alright for my social media growth. To grow this blog faster I will hire a virtual assistant to help me with research, editing and sharing content.
Another thing that was going on inside the Life Designed newsletter is that I’ve been asking thought provoking questions and generating ideas on my upcoming podcast which will be called Invisible Habits. I’ll talk about the little things that make a big difference in life, business and relationships.
Articles, books, videos & tools
Last month I finished reading I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi. The book is a great personal finance guide for everyone who wants to learn about effective money management and getting rich (very slowly). The content is great for Americans but hardly applicable for Europeans and especially Lithuanians, however, I learned the importance of investing early and set up my investment accounts.
Other great books I enjoyed reading were Launch by Jeff Walker, The Dip by Seth Godin, DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson, The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.
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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You may have heard the term ‘blockchain’ and dismissed it as a fad, a buzzword, or even technical jargon. But I believe blockchain is a technological advance that will have wide-reaching implications that will not just transform the financial services but many other businesses and industries.
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Like Google Keep, Milanote lets you arrange your notes in a bulletin board sort of approach. Where it differs, however, is in allowing the user to move notes to any location within the board — including off the screen. Pin an item here, add a text note there, drop in a link, a YouTube video, and connect them in whatever way you see fit using lines, arrows, or whitespace.
The mammoth is still with you—it’ll always be with you—but you’ll have an easier time ignoring or overruling it when it speaks up or acts out. You can start to relish the feeling of being viewed as weird or inappropriate or confusing to people. Your Authentic Voice has been given one life—and it’s your job to make sure it gets the opportunity to live it.
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The most inspiring and motivating video to tell you that you are not the only person who is constantly disappointed about the gap between one’s taste and one’s skills. Daniel Sax decided to do his own filmed version of Ira’s interview – using his own language to tell Ira’s message in a creative way.
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