Life Hacking: What Can You Really Hack in Life

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I few years ago I struggled with making changes, improving myself, defining what I want in life, getting things done, being social, having self-esteem and much more. But then I turned to life hacking.

I got tired of not seeing progress because I was absolutely sure there was more to life than this unproductive version of myself that had no confidence or clear vision.

Getting tired of something while doing it for a long time is actually a great thing. It makes you take the decision to change and finally take action in your desire to live a better lifestyle.

Plus, if others could achieve a lot in life in any area, so can I. I just needed to find smarter ways to do it and use different approaches.

What is Life Hacking?

According to Wiki it “refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.”

It doesn’t mean skipping important steps on the way to success, or the lack of hard work and consistency.

To hack something means to find a way to do something faster, better and with less effort. It means finding what works best, using the right tools and making the most of the opportunities around you.

Life hacking helps people use body language to appear more confident, the right words and intonation in order to make the person in front of them say yes, techniques to get more done in less time, tools to organize time better, and much more.

It leads to saving time, effort, worries and eliminating anything unnecessary in your life that doesn’t get you ahead.

It’s all about working smarter rather than harder, taking things to the next level, getting results, being efficient and making the most of your time.

What areas can you hack in life?

All of them.

But keep in mind a few things first:

  • you need to be selective

That’s a time management hack too. Prioritize and choose to learn about hacking the areas that interest you the most and which will help you improve and see progress.

It’s worth spending a lot of time now brainstorming, doing your research and creating a strategy. Then you put all that into practice and make adjustments in the process.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Helen Keller

  • let go of perfectionism

It’s important to leave your ego behind so that you can learn from others and listen to their advice and feedback.

And also to be okay with failure and accept it as a sign that you’re trying new things and finding out what doesn’t work, so that you can move onto the next thing which can be what works.

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

Life hacking goes together with making mistakes and learning from them.

6 Areas You Can Start Hacking Today

1. Productivity.

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2015 was the most productive year in my life so far. I learned a lot and will keep improving.

But I didn’t give everything I read a try simply because it wasn’t the right fit for my daily schedule and life goals.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s walking a different, unique path. And what works for others may not be the best option for you.

But in terms of productivity, you can hack so many things.

You start by understanding the principles of getting things done and the reasons why we procrastinate, and move onto smart time management and productivity techniques to improve your performance.

Check out my book Productivity Hacks, Habits, Myths and Mistakes to see it all in one place.

2. Building habits.

Ingraining a new behavior is a process that takes a lot of time, mental preparation, the right mindset and consistency and motivation. But it can easily be learned.

Small things like working on one habit at a time, giving it 30 days, doing it at a certain time during the day, are all habit hacks.

Here I’ve listed 30 of them and it’s – in fact – all you need to know about starting a new habit and making it stick.

3. Confidence.

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.
Marcus Garvey

It’s a skill and requires practice.

But things like faking it, using the mirror technique, repeating affirmations and surrounding yourself with people who only lift you higher are simple ways to hack building self-esteem and believe in yourself and  overcome shyness in no time.

You can use the power of your mind and trick it into believing you’re more confident right now. Here’s an auidobook with 100 positive affirmations for self-esteem.

4. Focus.

We can’t really get anything done and do our job well if we can’t concentrate.

That can happen by defining distractions and finding a way to remove each once and for all, doing one thing at a time instead of multitasking, creating a nice working environment, and so on.

5. Language learning.

It’s proven that you can learn a foreign language and speak it fluently (even if it’s Chinese, for instance) in around 3 months.

But the masters of life hacking have already hacked language learning and found the ways in which our brain gets used to the new things faster and easier. So let’s listen to their advice.

Tim Ferriss is one of the best in the niche.

How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months
12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time – The Only Post You’ll Ever Need

6. Travel.

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Today many people are living on the road. Some are digital nomads working from anywhere and traveling the world. Others may just be frequent travelers and adventure seekers.

But they all love it so much and do it so often that it was smart to find a way to find cheaper flights, avoid delays, choose the best destination faster, get deals and bonuses, and more.

The Internet is full of blogs about travel hacks that share tips on how to travel on a budget, pack like a pro, get free miles, stay productive while doing all that and find cheaper accommodation.

All that adds up to a much greater experience once you get to your destination. And allows the travelers to keep doing what they love.

These are just 6 of the countless things you can hack in life. And that’s just the beginning.

You can hack eating, fitness, social life, writing, reading, waking up early, longevity, creating products, building businesses, approaching new people, health, relationships, determination, willpower, any sport, etc.

I can go on like that forever, really. But you get the picture.

So what do you think about life hacking? What do you want to hack? Which skill would you like to get better at faster?

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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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