The Weeks of Our Life: Why We Should Measure The Time We Have Left

weeks of our life

I’ll start with something you already know.

Time is our most precious possession. It’s a finite resource, and as such – we should cherish it.

According to some people, however, it’s way too much and there’s enough time for everything. So they decide to spend each day doing what they feel like doing, indulging in activities that make them feel good, take no time, are easy and comfortable.
But soon, they end up having almost no time because they’ve wasted so much of it without having done anything meaningful.

Others always complain about not having enough time (during the day and in general) to do all the stuff they should and want to do.
And instead of actually doing at least some of it (maybe the stuff that’s most important to them), they spend so much time thinking about all the tasks and projects waiting to be completed, they compare themselves to others who somehow manage to reach some level of productivity, they are negative about it, feel like life is unfair, and so on.
And they too don’t do anything meaningful and don’t make the most out of each moment of the day, and thus of their life.

But time is our most precious thing. Its value is beyond measure as it’s given to us just like that, and we can do whatever we want with it.

Yes, we all know that.

But why do we keep taking it for granted then and not doing anything positive, productive, beautiful, creative, healthy and passionate with each minute of the day?

Maybe because we’re not reminded often enough of how finite this resource is…

A daily reminder of how limited our time is

The harsh truth is that this time is going to be over some day. We don’t know when exactly (although we have a vague idea), and we don’t really need to know that.
But it’s important to be aware of that fact.

Today is a gift. And after it, there will be many more. Just like this one.
But one day, there won’t be another one. What then?

The point of all this is to prevent you from being full of regrets, never realizing your potential, never getting things done, always being under the control of your bad habits, and ending your life in disappointment.
And a simple trick you can do to skip all these unpleasant feelings, is to have the time you have left in front of you and see it daily.

The weeks of our life

We can do that in days too, or months. But I think measuring life in weeks is the best choice.

time we have left

That’s a picture of the life of a person from his birth to his 90th year (considering everything goes fine and he lives this long).
It’s something the guys from WaitButWhy.com (a pretty interesting, educational and unusual blog) created.

Click on it to zoom.
Now eliminate all the weeks you’ve already experienced. And fill them with color.
Then, look at the rest.
That’s all you have.

Originally, it would be 4680 weeks. But considering you’ve lived for some time, it’s less now.

It can be a short time but it can also be more than enough to make the best of them, achieve a lot, feel great and have fun, and eventually leave something behind.

It’s how you choose to spend each week that defines your overall performance on this planet.

And before you get sad or depressed because of that (as that’s how most people react once they’re reminded of how short life may be and how long they’ve got left), realize that this can be a good thing too.

It may open your eyes and – if you look at this picture (preferably have it printed out) daily – you can start living consciously, doing more important things with your days, eliminating all unproductive activities and finally focusing on your goals and the things you’ve always wanted to do/have/be.

What can you do right now with the weeks you have left?

Here are the 3 best ways to make the most out of each week:

• enjoy it;
• build something to make the next one better;
• help others enjoy their weeks.

And here’s more advice on what to do so that you can start living your life to the fullest and be mindful of everything you invest time in:

1. Accept all the weeks that are gone, wasted or not appreciated without feeling bad for them (as this can only ruin your current week).
2. Self-awareness – know where you are now in your life, what you have and don’t have.
3. Reflect.
4. Take the decision to change – your approach to the weeks you’ve got left will change once you decide to take this journey to a more meaningful life.
5. Make a step-by-step plan on how to spend the rest of your weeks.
6. Go back to the calendar (the picture) in the end of each week and measure how you’re doing.
7. Accept it’s a process and love every part of it.

Tim from WaitButWhy.com suggests that you use such a calendar of the weeks of your life (which he also sells in the store of the site) to:

• highlight weeks and segment them into life chapters;
• set goals and make a mark on a week in the future and see how long you’ve got left;
• feel good because after a bad week there comes a fresh one as each empty box is an opportunity given to you.

So what do you think about that strategy – to use such a reminder and see the time you have left every single day?
Do you think it will work for you?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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