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Weekend Reading: Money And Productivity

Weekend Reading: Money And Productivity

I made a few changes this week.

I’ve added categories to the bottom. Look down!

I’ve also added related posts after each article, again.

These are all attempts to help you navigate this blog better.

Feel free to share any suggestions in the comments. Here are the money and productivity articles I’ve found for you this week.

6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Productivity

6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Productivity

I’m a long-time fan of TED talks. In fact this post is kind of a “part 2.”

I wrote 6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Money in early 2015.

Ever since I published that, I’ve wanted to post about productivity TED talks. Here it is.

The whole idea of a TED talk is to change your thinking. I’ve watched countless hours of these talks, and the speaker is always attempting to either change your mind, or your mindset. That’s exactly what these speakers do. And that’s a good thing.

These six videos are extremely useful and helpful in changing the way we view productivity.

Weekend Reading: Money And Productivity

Weekend Reading: Money And Productivity

This post is brought to you by the Black Rifle Coffee Company. Not really.

But I am drinking a cup of BRCC’s “Just Black” right now. And it really is fueling this post.

I finally bought some with the hopes of writing a review in the near future, so stay tuned for that.

In other news, here are some awesome articles I’ve found for you this week. But before that, one more thing…

5 Thoughts That are Secretly Destroying Your Goal Progress

5 Thoughts That are Secretly Destroying Your Goal Progress

Our life isn’t as logical as we like to think.

You may plan your goals perfectly, but when the time comes for action, it doesn’t work out.

That happens to all of us, because our emotions affect our decisions. We don’t think about that when we set goals.

A 2014 study shows how our emotions affect our logical decisions. So how do you deal with that? You have to make these decisions and set your goals when you’re in a logical state, and then push through when you’re thinking emotionally. Easier said than done.

Don’t worry, I’ve summed up five of the most common emotional thoughts that will destroy your goal progress. Once you acknowledge that these thoughts exist, you can fight them off.

4 Ways I Don’t Make Money Blogging (And 3 Things I Promise to Never Do)

4 Ways I Don’t Make Money Blogging (And 3 Things I Promise to Never Do)

There are probably thousands of ways to make money blogging. And I don’t use most of them.

As a followup to my recent guide on how to make money blogging, I feel that it’s appropriate to tell you how I don’t make money blogging.

I know everyone says this, but I blog because I genuinely want to help people. I love to learn, write and teach, so this is a fitting place for me to be. However, because of that, I don’t make anywhere close to as much money as I could with this blog. And I’m fine with that.

In fact, I’m going to show you several ways I’ve cut my income for the sake of my readers.

Let me explain the ways I choose not to make money blogging, and why. I’ll also tell you 3 things I promise to never do as long as I own this blog.

Weekend Reading: Money and Productivity

Weekend Reading: Money and Productivity

It’s nice to be back this week.

I took last week off after writing my exhaustive (and exhausting for me) guide to make money blogging.

Today, I’m going to recap the week, show you the money and productivity articles I’ve found around the web over the last couple weeks, and give you an update on my Cyclical Ketogenic Diet progress.

How to Be Happy, Seriously

How to Be Happy, Seriously

Is happiness the key to life?

For many, it is. But it’s so easy to get caught up worrying about our own happiness.

We can actually turn happiness into an idol that we worship, without even realizing it.

I’m not going to go into the religious implications of that, but I’m sure you would agree that idols aren’t the healthiest things to form. And you’re right. Regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs, happiness makes a terrible idol.

There is a way to achieve happiness without idolizing it, and it’s actually easier than you may think.

Why I Budget (And Why You Don’t Have To)

Why I Budget (And Why You Don’t Have To)

The word “budget” sparks many different emotions.

Some people swear by their budget. Some people swear at their budget. And others swear they had a budget, though they can’t seem to remember exactly what’s in it or where it’s at.

You used to be hard-pressed to find a finance book that didn’t recommend budgeting, but things have changed.

Several finance teachers, like Ramit Sethi and David Chilton, have started to move away from the “everyone needs a budget” mindset, and for good reason. They focus more on big savings and less on fewer lattes.

Today, I’m going to show you both sides.

Here’s why I swear by my budget, and why you don’t need one to be financially successful.