Minimalism: Practical or Impractical?

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I was having a discussion the other day with my friend and it took a turn to Minimalism, he said it’s virtually impossible to be a minimalist. The reason he gave was that there is always a “standard” application of a theory to become “law”. Means, Minimalism will always vary from person to person, for example my minimalism is to have a normal two bed flat, a decent car, enough food supply and necessary furniture etc., on the other hand your minimalism could be 1 pent house instead of ten, 1 Ferrari instead of 20, 1 bike instead of 30, etc.

The point he made was quite heavy and by now you must have agreed with it if you have understood it. It’s true that minimalism will always vary from person to person but it doesn’t make it less minimalism in any way.

The point of being a minimalist is to stop purchasing things and never using them after a while and to have the things that fulfill your needs. For example, a sound system or a piano could be a “need” of a musician but if i buy something like that which i hardly play, i wasted my money and that’s the whole point of minimalism.

If something is your need, by all means go and purchase it and keep it using but if its for fun only to sit back in your drawing room idle for years to come, please reconsider.

That is the whole point of minimalism in my view. What do you think? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Make Every Word Count

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There is always debate in online marketing community about writing either long or short content. Most people argue that the longer the content the better the rankings, at least this is Google’s behavior currently. So, i’ll try to discuss the reasons why long content ranks better but at the same time why you should write to the point content and it’s okay if your content is relatively shorter.

When you write long content, most of the times you use lots of fillers just to add word count. Ultimately you end up with unintentionally written long tail queries which your post is not about. So, the result is, YES you get more traffic BUT your bounce rate is increased.

Common search behavior is, you prefer a content that completely relates to your search query, be it a long tail or short tail. When you end up landing on a page that partly addresses the query you searched, you don’t like it and you hit “back” button. The result? damage to that websites reputation and rankings.

Google webmaster’s official guide to SEO is teaching from day one that the ultimate parameter of ranking is site’s usability and how good it engages its visitors.

This can be easily done with relatively short content as long as it serves the purpose and as long as its of top quality and well researched.

The proof is quotes. A quote is excellent example of serving the purpose and communicating the essence with minimum words efficiently.

The shortest way to success is replacing bad habits with good habits in all areas you want to succeed. (Ziglar)

I am onto replacing my bad habits with good ones.

Good Luck to you too!

Tell me what do you think? Leave a comment.

Good Habits You Can Form Before Sleeping

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Following are some really good habits you can form easily if you do it every time before sleeping and in no time you’ll have a positive impact on your mood, your confidence and will power.

  1. Give Yourself A Gift of 10 Minutes Meditation, Every Night Right Before Sleeping.
  2. Have 5 Minutes to Line Up Your Morning Work.
  3. Brush Your Teeth.
  4. Read A Good Article on Something You Are Passionate About.
  5. Count Your Blessings, Forgive Everyone Who Ever Hurt You and Ask God for Forgiveness.

Try them and see the results.

Do you have some habits which you do before sleeping? I’d love to have your comments.

Ultimate Guide to End Overwhelm

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This is not just a catchy headline or click bait, it is seriously the Ultimate Guide to End Overwhelm.

You all make plans and you all set goals, you and I know because we all are good at making plans and setting goals but most of our goals remain goals forever, at least for most of us. The people who are ahead in life are executors of their goals.

Why you may think seems so easy for few ones to execute on their goals and ideas while lots of us have to struggle, A LOT!

The answer is simple, they execute their ideas and reach their goals by overthrowing their overwhelm and nipping that evil in the bud. So, different people may use different ways to end overwhelm but you will learn something really easy to understand and execute to end overwhelm for sure and it will go long way till you’ll have a habit of doing things that way.

So you have a goal, now what?

Break it! Well, break your goals into milestones. For example, you may have a goal to publish a book or whatever, break that goal into milestones like generating ideas on what to write, then research on that subject, then writing outline of the book chapters, then actually writing those chapters and finally editing and proofreading that book.

Now your milestones may themselves be a small task or they may have small tasks in them like generating ideas on which subject to write a book is itself a small task but writing chapters may not because it will consume more time. So what will you do with it? you will break that  milestone further into small actionable items, like a chapter needs to be written by its outline, research, writing and proof reading.

Now the real thing!

Once you have written all your actionable tasks, make their list by ascending order and write the days each task will take right after each task. This will give you the idea of overall project completion time and on a small action basis.

Now there are two ways you can approach this:

The Digital Way

Call someone you trust will help you with it, it could be your spouse, your partner, your friend or your teacher. Tell them that you are emailing them a spreadsheet and brief them about your project. Request them to send you each task on email with its deadline mentioned and that they may call you once a day is left to complete that task. Ask them to never email you more than one task, this is very important and what more important than this is, DELETE THAT SPREADSHEET FROM ANY SOURCE YOU MAY ACCESS IT.

The Non-Digital Way

Count how many actionable tasks you have, get equivalent envelopes write each task on a post it note type of paper and put it in the envelope writing Task 1, Task 2, Task 3 etc. on the top of envelop. Now get a partner, spouse, teacher, friend or whoever you like, explain it to him and give all the envelops to him and tell him to give it to you one by one.

When taking each envelope, open it in front of that partner, tell them what task is that and tell what its deadline is and they may set a reminder in their cell phones to call you if you haven’t done it a day before the task deadline.

That’s it! 🙂

While there are lots of psychological factors working here to end your overwhelm, I want you to give it a shot with total faith and you can’t imagine the power of faith. You are going to love it if you hate getting overwhelmed and really want to accomplish something.

I would love to read what other techniques you use to end overwhelm? please comment below.

P.S. I am going to write a post on habit formation and going to share the habit calendar I made myself, which is helping me a lot with so many things. So, stay tuned!