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The Complete Guide to Keeping a Journal

What do Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt have in common? A lot actually…but for the sake of this guide: journaling. They all kept a journal.

Notice how they didn’t just talk about keeping a journal. They didn’t just say they wanted to keep a journal. They actually did it. And it was a daily discipline. How often do we talk about implementing habits like this and never get around to it?

You may realize the importance of a journal. You may like the idea of keeping a journal. But do you do it?

The time is now. If you keep putting it off, you’ll be 90 years old, wishing you had written something to pass down.

And that’s just one of the reasons to keep a journal…

Here’s Why You’re Not Getting Up in the Mornings (And How to Actually Wake Up Early)

You know the importance of sleep.

You know that you need to increase your energy to feel better throughout the day.

You know you want to be a morning person, but sometimes you just can’t drag yourself out of bed.

There’s a reason for that and it doesn’t always come down to diet and exercise, regardless of what most the popular articles want you to believe. The problem often dwells between your ears. It’s not a physical issue, it’s a mental one.

Here’s why you’re not getting up and how to actually wake up early…

Why I’m Killing the Ads at MoneyMiniBlog (And How I’m Replacing the Income)

I started this blog to help people.

I love finances and becoming more productive, which is why I aggressively learn everything I can about each one.

Over the years, in an effort to monetize this blog, I starting including advertisements withing the articles and in the sidebar. You may have noticed those ads disappearing lately. That’s because they are.

I’m killing the ads at MoneyMiniBlog. Here’s exactly why and how I’m replacing the income…

Work Smarter Not Harder: 4 Productivity Principles You Need to Know

You want to work smarter, not harder. You want to be more efficient – more productive.

But what are some practical and applicable principles and techniques that can help you do that?

Here are four of the foundational principles you need to follow to achieve more in less time…

5 Categories You Need in Your Budget That May Be Missing

Budgets aren’t easy. They’re not always easy to create and they sure aren’t easy to stick with.

It takes discipline and persistence. And consistency. And…well, it seems hard, doesn’t it?

That’s because it is…or at least, it can be. Sometimes it feels like there are holes in your budget. Unexplained black holes that suck your money in or areas that you just don’t think about.

Here are 5 areas your budget may be missing…

Master This One Thing and Watch Your Productivity Skyrocket

I usually don’t title articles the way I’ve titled this one.

I don’t like the idea of click-bait articles with titles like “This puppy saved his life and you won’t believe what the man did to repay him” or “She thought it was a normal tater tot, but she was in for the surprise of her life”.

I don’t like to be deceitful, so you won’t see those titles here.

But this is different. I didn’t include the main idea in the article title for a reason.

This is literally one of the most important things you can grasp about your productivity. And because of that, I want you to really take it in. Don’t just blow this off and act like you already knew it.

So what exactly is this one thing?

6 Things I Learned by Not Spending Money for 30 Days

I love challenges. Especially when there is seemingly no reason to start them.

That’s exactly what my wife and I just did. A challenge.

The challenge? To not spend money for 30 days.

No reason, really. Just for fun. And yes, believe it or not, it actually was fun.

Here are the results…

10 Important Actions You Can Take Right Now to Increase Your Productivity

When you’re reading productivity articles, you don’t want vague ideas, you want actionable steps that you can take to literally increase your productivity today. You want practical, applicable tips.

I’ve tried my best to make this blog full of actionable tips you can apply to every day of your life.

This article may be the most actionable of them all.

Here are 10 of the most important actions you can take right now, today, to increase your productivity by leaps and bounds…

(You can click each point for more on that topic)

The Ultimate Quick-Guide to Breaking Bad Habits in 4 Steps

A habit isn’t bad or good on its own.

Positive habits are an absolute must for success in your health, finances…basically everything.

But negative habits, or bad habits​, can combat your positive habits.

In fact, eliminating negative habits can be much more effective than starting new positive habits and often, it’s easier to break a bad habit than it is to stick with a new good habit.

The truth is, you need good habits in your life, but let’s break the bad ones first…

24 Stupidest Things the U.S. Government Spends Money On

Americans waste a lot of money, but are we just following in our government’s footsteps?

Either way, we definitely shouldn’t be looking to them for advice. They waste money. A lot of money.

Since we don’t directly control how our government spends money, why not make fun of it? We laugh to keep from crying, right?

How to Become a Better Writer and Get Paid (With Hundreds of Resources)

How do you become a better writer? You write. There’s no shortcut. You write as much as possible – everyday is best. You write when you don’t feel like it and when do feel like it. Make friends with other writers so you can share your work and get feedback. Writing comes with practice like most things that are worth doing.

The ultimate goal, especially with a blog, is to write how you speak. That’s much easier said than done. You’ve got to write all the time to find your voice in the words. You can even try a speaking program like Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home that will actually type the words as you speak them. Some people prefer to write like this, but the end goal is to be able to write exactly how you speak whether you have a speak-to-write program or not.

Here’s how to become a better writer and actually get paid…

If You Want Freedom, Limit Yourself

What’s the point of productivity apps, to-do lists and organizational methods?

Why does an article about “10 quick productivity hacks” catch your attention so easily?

The answer is simple: freedom.

We’re all looking for more time and ways to work “smarter, not harder”…and we should be. But you may be missing the first step.

What’s the first step?

Well, if you want more freedom in your life, first you must limit yourself…

Here’s Why Compound Interest is So Powerful

Compound interest. The 8th wonder of the world.​

Do you know the power of compound interest in its entirety?

It’s the greatest thing in the world…when it’s working for you.

When it’s working against you, it can be one of the most devastating things in the world. A catastrophe, really.

I’m just going to take a minute or two to show you the amazing power of compound interest. Then I’ll let you decide if you would rather it work for you or against you.

Here it is. Compound interest. The good and the bad…

What a Retired Army Colonel Taught Me About Money

As a military member myself, I’ll be the first to say that most active duty service members have no idea what they’re doing when it comes to their finances.

It’s true that most people in general don’t have a clue, but it almost seems worse in the military.

That being said, when I do meet someone in the military who shares my love of finances, it’s an automatic friendship.

Enter my friend Eric. A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and now a financial advisor for First Command.

With 20+ years in the service, Eric knows a thing or two about the military and he also knows about money. That’s a rare combination, which is what makes him so interesting.

Here’s what a retired Colonel taught me about money…

Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: How to Focus Your Time on What Matters

We are always trading our time for something. Everything we do is a trade-off.

If you want to be happy, accomplish your goals and live a fulfilled life, you’ll have to stop focusing on what doesn’t matter and start focusing on what does.

How do you do that? You’ve got to take your time back. Start by spending less time on these 5 things…

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