6 Ways to Radically Simplify Your Life

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Complexity doesn’t need to be part of your days. There are easy ways to simplify your life.

Simplicity creates sincere joy, brings peace and freedom, and helps us see what really matters.

It’s the process of removing the unnecessary and revealing the true essence of life. Of getting rid of what complicates it so that we can have fun, be at ease and appreciate what we have.

Here are 6 things to simplify today for a simpler and happier living:

1. Beliefs.

To drastically simplify your life, stop trying to please everyone and living by someone else’s standards.

Everyone wants to grab our attention and make us believe what he has to offer, and, at some point, we get confused. We don’t really know what our values are anymore, and get frustrated.

So ditch everything you ‘have to’ think, the things you’re told are right, and stop following the crowd.

Eliminate all past and future thoughts and focus on the now.

Only there will you find what really matters. Find out what you care about the most, what gives you power, what you’re passionate about. These are your beliefs.

Related: The Importance of Doing Things Your Way

2. Speech.

Stop using so many unnecessary words. People barely understand you when you’re not direct.

Hints, lies, exaggeration, unimportant facts, long descriptions – these are all things that ruin communication.

In the end, you haven’t actually said what you wanted to in the first place.

So speak directly, speak the truth, and say exactly what you have in mind – nothing more. You’ll simplify your life so much.

Related: How to Speak Successfully to Gain Attention and Respect

3. Habits.

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Most often we fail at developing good habits because we start too many at once, start big, have huge expectations, are eager to see results, use up our willpower, and get distracted by many others things.

So stop doing that.

Try the other approach – start small, work on one habit at a time, make a list of the steps you need to take and then make time to take one action a day.

That’s easy and simple. It doesn’t take much effort, willpower, time or energy.

Related: Things We Do Wrong When Building New Habits

4. Clothes.

Throw away or donate all the clothes you haven’t worn in a year and the ones you’ve never used.

Stop thinking that you will wear them one day. That time may never come and until then, you’ll live in clutter.

Related: Declutter Your Life

5. Belongings.

You don’t need most of the things in your house.

Most people live with so much stuff that only takes up space and requires maintenance. The more you have, the more you’ll need to clean, look after and think about.

In the end, your belongings own you. You become their slave.

So be realistic. Eliminate the unnecessary and simplify your life.

6. To-do list.

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There are way too many tasks on it. And not all of them are essential.

People feel in control, more organized and responsible when they have a lot of things to do. But they often end up just being busy, not getting anything important done and just wasting time they can be spending with their family and doing things they enjoy.

Don’t become one of them. Live more simply and work smarter by removing anything that doesn’t bring you the results you want.

Analyze your to-do list. Forget about the tasks that someone else can do, that aren’t urgent, connected to your goals, or that won’t make your life or the life of others better in any way.

It’s all simple, right? You’re just removing what’s not necessary but the benefits are mind-blowing. You’ll have so much freedom, peace, contentment and joy. And will leave stress and clutter behind.

What other ways to simplify your life can you think of?

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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?

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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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