When should you start outsourcing?

outsourcingAt the beginning, I want to ask you a simple question: Is time or money more valuable?

Before you answer this question I want you to think about it for a minute.

In my opinion, the most important value we have is time. We can’t buy more time or sell it. And we all have in common that we all have only a limited time on earth.

What does this mean? That means that you have to trade your time as your most valuable asset. You have to invest your time in the right things. But what has this all to do with online marketing?

One big advantage of online marketing is that it can be highly automated. That means your business is working for while you…

… spend time with your friends

… spend time with your family and kids

… relax on the beach while listing to the ocean

But how can you achieve that? You can achieve that by automating your business

Automate your business

One way to automate your business is by using an autoresponder (more info here). An autoresponder sends automated emails to new leads. That means you can build automated trust. These email will be sent to your leads regardless where you are or what you are doing.

However, there are many tasks where there isn’t technology that can help you. An example would be writing a new blog post. For all these tasks you can use outsourcing.

Outsourcing

Outsourcing means delegating tasks to workers outside of your company. So for example, if you go to Fiverr and delegate the task to design a 3D cover for a freebie you outsourced a task.

I think there is only a very small number of tasks you can’t outsource. You can outsource the writing of your blog post, the design of a landing page, the creation of a freebie and much more.

Why should you start outsourcing?

The first reason why you should start outsourcing is that you save time. Every task that you delegate you don’t have to do yourself. So for example, if you need one hour to write a blog post and you delegate that task you save yourself one hour of your time.

The second reason is that you can delegate tasks to experts and achieve a higher quality. If you don’t know how to design a banner you can skip the whole learning and trial and error process and have a high-quality banner right away.

You don’t need to be an expert in anything. You only need to let the experts work for you. That’s how real entrepreneurs think and work. With every task, you outsource you have more time to focus on working on your business.

You can’t build a business by answering support tickets the whole day. Save yourself a lot of time and effort by outsourcing tasks like this.

Simple rule for outsourcing

When I think about outsourcing I have a simple rule. I say that my time is worth at least $30/hour. Now I have a look at a task and how long I have to work on it. So for example, writing a new blog post costs me around one hour.

One hour of my time is worth $30 that means if I write the post myself it would “cost” me $30. If I can outsource the post creation for $25, I “saved” $5. So every task that has a lower cost of $30/hour should be tried to be delegated.

When should you start outsourcing?

When and how you should start outsourcing really depends on your time and your money. If you have a lot of time and not much money you should do most of the tasks yourself. The more money you have and the less time you want to invest the more tasks you should outsource.

For example, you start your business by doing all the tasks yourself. After a while, you start to make the first commissions. Then you can start outsourcing tasks and earn even more money with less effort. That’s the moment when you start automating your business.

The “bible” of outsourcing

When I started with online marketing I never thought of outsourcing. I thought that with every task I delegate I only lose money. I haven’t seen that I could save myself a lot of time and trouble if I start outsourcing.

This all changed when I read the “bible” of outsourcing. This book is called “The 4-hour Workweek” by Tim Ferris. You can get it here on Amazon:

I think this is one of the best guides you can get about outsourcing. It changed my whole thinking about outsourcing and I can really recommend it to everyone who wants to have more time.


As you can see outsourcing can save you a lot of time. Now I want to hear something from you! Do you have experience with outsourcing? Or have you already read the book? I would love the hear from you so please leave a comment below 🙂

How to be not successful in 20 steps

Everyone talks about success and what to do to be successful. Today I want to share with you this list how not to be successful. I hope you enjoy reading it 🙂

1. Give up early

I’m sure you know this. There is this person which wants to loose weight. But they never continue after the first week and they are not able to lose weight. The same applies to business or nearly anything. Sometimes you have to work before you can earn. And in many cases, you don’t see fast results. If you want to get fit you have to work for several weeks before you see any results.

The same comes to building a business or blogging. Often you have to work for 3-6 months before you see any results. And if you give up early you will never be successful.

2. Work in a niche you don’t like

I see this a lot in online marketing. They start working in a niche because it is profitable. But they don’t like the topics. They don’t understand that you can earn money in nearly any niche, as small as it is.

You don’t have to work in the profitable niches just because of the money. Find a niche you like and it will be more like a hobby.

3. Be realistic

Nothing great have ever been achieved by being realistic. If you want to be successful you need to be optimistic and have a much greater mindset.

4. Promote products you like

If you have a blog or a online business you should only promote products your audience could be interested in and not because you like the high commission of the product.

5. Don’t set yourself goals

Why are you creating an online business? If you don’t know your why you’ll give up early and you will never be successfull. If you want to know how to set the perfect goal then you should read this article.

6. Lie

You will never achieve something great by lying. If you create a blog or online business truth and authenticity are you biggest values. So don’t waste them by lying about a product or ervice.

7. Be negative

If you are always feeling bad about the weather, the traffic and other people you will never be happy or successful. Be positive and see the world through brighter eyes!

8. Don’t help others

Every new blogger or online marketer is taking away your audience? No that is absolutly not right. Trust me, if you help others to succeed you will be even more successful. In addition, you gain a greater network with people who like and trust you.

9. Don’t communicate with others

Do you think that every other blogger or online marketer is your enemy and they all want you to give up? Then I have bad news for you because you are totally wrong! All the Blogger and online marketers I know are very helpful, friendly and they want you to be successful, too.

10. Never try new things

If you do the same things as always you will stay at the same place at always, If you want to be more successful and earn more money you need to try new things.

11. Always stay in your comfort zone

Staying in your comfort zone is cozy, right? But do you know that life starts at the end of your comfort Zone? Get out of your comfort Zone regularly and your life will be much more fulfilling. For example try extreme things like bungee jumping or parachuting or just talk to strangers.

12. Focus on earning money

Why are you creating a blog or online business? If you only focus on earning money you will never earn much of it. If you instead focus on giving value you will be successful. So try to write helpful content and not only money focused content.

13. Don’t learn

If you think you are smart enough and you don’t have to learn anymore you will stop growing. And if you stop growing that is like walking backwards. Keep thirsty for knowledge and try to learn as much as possible. On this way, you will get more successful and happy every day.

14. Don’t take responsibility

You have to take responsibility for every decision you make, every word you speak and every move you make. Otherwise you will think always that someone other is responsible for your faults and errors. And you don’t have a reason to grow. But that’s not how it works.

The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you can change anything in your life. – Hel Elrod

15. Do many tasks at the same time

If you work on several tasks at the same time you will always be less effective than working on one task at once. I know that many people think different but give it a try and you will be much more productive.

16. Be a perfectionist

If you only posts article that are 101% correct than it will be a very hard and long road for you. The most important thing is not avoiding mistakes. The most important thing is to start. Don’t think about all the things that could go wrong, think about all the things that could go right!

17. Take criticism personally

If you try something new there will be always people who critize you. And from their perspective they are right. Maybe my grandma doesn’t understand that blogging is a real thing and that you can earn a lot of money. And from her perspective it is right. She doesn’t know anyone who is a successful blogger or earns a lot of money with online marketing.

So don’t take critizm personally. Respect their perspective and keep going!

18. Be lazy

“I write three articles and wait for Google to send me traffic” Sorry but that’s not how it is working. If you want to be successful you need to work. You need to work on yourself and to work on your business. There is enough time later to lay around in the bad all day.

19. Look busy

Yeah, there is nothing better than looking busy all the time. Because if someone looks busy he has to be successful. That is wrong! You can be very relaxed and still be successful.

20. Forget your health, friends and family

Your health, friends, and family should always have a priority in life. If you don’t invest time and effort in these things they will be gone soon. Take yourself some time and do exercising and eat healthy food. Take time for your family and friends. Help them to succeed in their own life.


I hope it was as fun reading this article as writing it 😀

Now I’m very excited to hear from you! 🙂

Reasons to start an online business

Today I will show you my top reasons why you should start your own online business. When I started I wasn’t sure if online marketing is the right thing for me but now I’m absolutely sure. I can live the life I always wanted to and I have enough spare time to spend it with meeting my friends, exercising or reading. Sometimes it can be really challenging but it is absolutely worth the effort.

Being your own boss

Do you like your boss? In many cases, the answer is no. If you don’t like your job or your boss you can do three different things:

a) you can live with it

b) you can change your current job

c) you can start being your own boss

So if you want to have a change you either have to change your job or start your own business with yourself as a boss. I always wanted to start my own company and be my own boss. So I can come in when I want, take a vacation whenever I want and best of all I can do whatever I want. I don’t have to do tasks that are meaningless.

If you start building your online business you can be your own boss. Of course, you still have to work but you have freedom. You are free from a job you don’t like and a boss you don’t want to work with.

Solid income

Earning good money while not working too much sounds unachievable. It sounds more like a dream. It seems like, that most of the people who earn solid money have to work a lot. So they have a lot of money but they don’t have much time. I always dreamed earning good money and having time to enjoy my life. And I found a way to achieve both. This way is online marketing.

At the beginning, it was a lot of work to get my business running but once it was running good I had much more time to enjoy my life. To travel around the globe. To meet with friends. And I also earn solid money.

I’m earning the same money my colleagues do, but only working half of the time. And there is no limit how much you can earn. There are bloggers out there who earn more than $100.000 each month. That’s incredible, isn’t it? And the best part is that you don’t have to work for money.

You have to work on your business and your business earns money for you. In online marketing, it is possible that you earn money while sleeping or going on vacation. So you can take a day off and still earn money. That is a fantastic feeling!

But I have to warn you, the success is not coming overnight. You have to work constantly on your business until it earns enough money. But once you reached this time you can live your life however you want to!

Time independent

Let me ask you a question, do you like being stuck in traffic? I guess you don’t. Nobody likes it. But since you leave work mostly the same time like everyone else you don’t have a choice. You will have a choice when you have your own online business. With your own business, you are much more time independent.

You will have a choice when you have your own online business. With your own business, you are much more time independent. You can go shopping whenever you want, you can exercise whenever you want and you can watch every match of your favorite club.

And in my opinion, the best part is that you can stand up whenever you want. If you don’t like standing up early in the morning you don’t have to. You can sleep as long as you want.

You can choose when you want to work or you want to do something else.

Location independent

As I already mentioned, if you have an online business you don’t need to drive every morning to work. You also never have to be somewhere to work. You can work from anywhere, you only need an internet connection. So you can work from home, the coffee shop or the hotel lobby. You can also work from your balcony looking at your city. Or you could work at the beach with the sound of breaking waves.

This is a part of online marketing I really love. Because when I feel stuck I leave my current place and go somewhere else. Maybe I continue my article sitting in the park. Or maybe I finish my article sitting in a coffee shop while drinking an iced coffee.

There are endless possibilities you only need to take the chance. I once wrote an article while sitting on a bench looking at the mountains. This was an incredible feeling. And I’m still excited that I can work from nearly anywhere.

Working on your passion

Work will be always something we don’t enjoy, right? I thought so many years. But when I stumbled across online marketing I had to change my opinion on that. Because now I was not only working for money, no I was working with my hobbies and interests. I work with topics I feel very passionate about. I don’t have the sad feeling on a Sunday that I have to work tomorrow, no I’m really excited. I’m excited to stand up in the morning and have a look at my business.

And I really enjoy every minute working on it. Life is too short to work on something you don’t enjoy. In this context I always remember this quote from  Steve Jobs:

Work will fill a large part of your life and the only way be truly satisfied is to love what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet keep looking. Don’t settle. – Steve Jobs

Whenever I hear this quote I’m touched. When I discovered online marketing and I created my first business I felt very passionate. And I still do. Every time I think about it I feel a power inside of me. And this keeps me going, in spite of every problem I’m challenging. If you want to work with passion you need to find your passion. And why not by starting an online business?

Low entry cost

Let’s say you made the decision to open your first business. Depending on your business you need to buy furniture, you have to invest in machines or you have to rent property. So you need a lot of money to start. Either you have the money on your own or you have to borrow some money. But what if I told you that you can start a business at very low cost.

In online marketing, you can start your business for as low as $2.75 per month. You can also start for free at Wealthy Affiliate. You also need a laptop or tablet and an internet connection. That is everything! Then you need to put in the work and write content. If you don’t have the time you can outsource that but you don’t have to. That means the entry costs of creating an online business is so low, that it is more expensive to drink coffee at Starbucks! 🙂

You only need to take the first step and start.

Future-proof

Online marketing is a future-proof workplace. Think about it, how much time are you spending on the internet? With mobile phones, it is even easier to access the internet. Also, there will be spent much more money online in the future. Think about companies like Facebook, Uber, Snapchat or Airbnb. Have a look at the net worth of this company. These are all companies who offer online services.

Online marketing is a billion dollar business. And you can have a piece of the cake, too. You only need to take the first step and start. If you have a solid online business you never have to worry again, trust me!


As you can see there are many good reasons to start an online business. What are you waiting for? Just take the first step and build your first online business. I never regret my decision to start and I still love the journey.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with me? Or maybe you have an additional point. I would love to hear your opinion, so please leave a comment below 🙂

 

More time for the things you love

How to have more time for the things you love

In life, there are three things we can invest: time, money and energy. And today I want to share you my thoughts about how we can have more time to do the things we love.

The big issue with time is that it is limited. Everyone on this planet has the same 24 hours. And depending on how you use this 24 hours, it can decide whether you’ll be successful or not.

Here are some tips that helped me to get more time to do sports, meeting friends or just relaxing in front of the tv 🙂

Work more efficient

This can be very interesting especially for college students. Because now you are at a point where you can schedule your time as you want. If you can do your tasks in one hour instead of two hours you have one hour which you can use for anything.

This is not the case if you have a 9-5 job and you can leave work at five o’clock independent of open or closed tasks.

But how could you work faster and better at the same time? Here I have some tips, that could help you.

Focus is one of the most important aspects of working efficiently. It is important that you focus on only one thing at the time. I made the experience that multi-tasking is slower than working on only one task. Because every time you switch between two tasks you need some time to rethink what exactly you have to do.

And there you are losing time and energy. So focus on only one task at the time. And also shut down every possible distraction. Silent your phone and close your mail application. Also, disable notifications on your laptop and close facebook while working.

In addition, you should try to optimize your processes every time. Maybe you need to read some books about speed reading or working more efficient. Try to improve yourself step by step. You don’t need to be perfect at this moment but if you keep improving you will be one day better than most of the people.

Use waiting time better

I don’t know how you feel, but for me, there are many times in life I need to wait for something or someone. That may be waiting at the doctor or waiting for a friend who is always late. Or maybe you need to take the bus or the car to get to college, work or whatever.

And I always hated waiting. Standing or sitting there doing nothing until something happens. That doesn’t sound very exciting. So I was thinking about how I can use this times better. And I found several different ways on how to use this time better.

I don’t know how you are learning, but I tend to write all the thinks I need to remember on index cards. There are also apps if you are more into technology. However, what I wanted to say is that it is easy to use two minutes waiting time for learning your index cards.

Guess what, if you use your waiting time for learning you are learning more without doing more! Let’s say you used your index cards in your waiting time and you have been able to work with them for 20 minutes in one week. That’s 20 minutes you have been learning without sitting down and motivating yourself.

You can also use this time to read papers you need to read or check your mail. Just try to use your waiting time more efficient and you will gain a lot of more spare time.

Plan Better

Good planning can save you a lot of time. Yes, planning also takes time but it is worth the effort. I heard that every minute planning can save up to 10 minutes of work. This is of course not always true but it shows the possibility.

But what makes planning so efficient? At first, you have to take bigger tasks and split them into smaller tasks. These smaller tasks must be so small that they can be done in less of 2 hours. If that is not the case make them smaller.

By writing down all the tasks you get an overview how much you have to do. Now you can assign tasks for every day. You shouldn’t assign to many tasks, that could demotivate you.

The next step is that you need to follow your plan. Work every day on your tasks and go to bed when you are finished. When you checked off all the completed tasks you can feel very proud!

Making a plan has the advantage that you always know what you have to do. Also, you can always watch your progress while working on your plan. It also gives you the opportunity to control your processes and try to improve them.

In addition, you know exactly when you have done all your tasks and you can enjoy the rest of the day, knowing that there are no tasks left.

At the beginning, you may have the problem of planning too much or too little. And that’s perfectly fine. Improve your planning from week to ween and you will get better every time. Also, you can plan yourself rest days where you can enjoy your life without having any tasks. This can often be very useful.

Prioritize

You always need to prioritize your tasks. Work on your most important tasks at first. When you are finished you can work on your less important tasks. In addition, you can also delegate smaller tasks.

This may be not an option for college students but this can be very helpful later. There will be always a lot of tasks you need to do and when you want to enjoy some spare time you have two possibilities: a) don’t do all of them or b) delegate tasks.

You can delegate tasks like cleaning, cooking, buying groceries, gardening and much more. To decide whether I want to outsource something or not I do the following: At first, I calculate my price/hour. This can be the price you actually earn or the price you think you are worth. For example, my price is $15/hour. Now I have a look at the costs and the effort the task. For example, groceries shopping costs me about half an hour.

Now I have a look at the costs and the effort the task. As an example groceries shopping costs me about half an hour. $15/hour * 1/2 hour =

$15/hour * 1/2 hour = $7.5

The boy who can buy me my groceries wants to have $5 so that is less than I would pay for myself. So for me, this deal is worth it, because I would make more money working than shopping groceries.

I hope you can see my point here! Of course, you can’t outsource everything but the more you can, the more spare time you will have.


As you can see there are many different possibilities to get more spare time. And isn’t that what we all want? Because our time is limited so we need to try to make the most out of it.

Do you have any other ideas? Or did these ideas help you? Just leave a comment below 🙂

I wish you all the best!

Fabi

Why long-term goals are important

Hallo my friend,

how are you? Today I want you to tell something about long-term goals. I already wrote an article about how to set yourself the perfect goal. In this article, I will show you what a long-term goal is and why it is important that you have at least one. Are you ready? Then let’s start.

Long-term goals

At first, I want to show you my definition of a long-term goal. The time frame can go from 10 years to over 20 years. This goal can be anything. From career and wealth to relationships and family. I’m sure you already may have plans for some things. Maybe you want to know if you want to have a family or kids or whether you want to drive a Ferrari.

The important thing is that you need to be sure about your goal and believe in it. There are plenty of young people who don’t have an idea whether they want to have a family or not and this is okay. But once you have a goal you can start working on it.

Having such a goal can be real mind shifting. All the next steps you do will be just further steps towards your goal. This effects career questions as well as relationship questions. And you will find answers faster because your inner compass knows where you want to go.

The inner compass

To show you why a compass is important I want to tell you a short story. Imagine you have a plane crash on an island and by wonder, you and some other people survive this accident. All you know is that there is a small village somewhere in the south and luckily the compass of the plane survived.

So you and the group decide to start walking towards the south direction. After three days of walking, you reach the village and you’ll be rescued. So what should you take from this story?

Do you think that you would have kept walking for three days without a compass? I’m sure after the first day you would have stopped and maybe walked in the wrong direction.

If you know, where you want to go you can reach your destination step by step. Because you have a compass pointing in the right direction.

Eating an elephant

Know, that you know why it is important why to have a long-term goal I want to tell you how to reach your goal. I once heard the following sentence from a friend and I really like it

How to reach a goal? Ask yourself how do you eat an elephant?

When he asked me this question I was confused. I said: “I don’t know”. His answer really surprised me: “You’re thinking to difficult. If you want to eat an elephant you eat it step by step until there is no piece left.”

And that is exactly the same when you want to achieve your goal. You have to start and work piece by piece until you reached your goal. Maybe it is hard to see all the necessary steps in order to reach your goal. You need to find some milestones in between you can reach more easily. Once you reached a milestone you can have a look at your compass and search for the next step.

So step by step you will work towards your goal until your dream becomes your reality.


I hope I was able to motivate you to set yourself some long-term goals. Write them down and look at them every day, this will help you to focus on the right tasks.

What are your long-term goals? What do you want to achieve in the next 10 years? Let me know by leaving a comment below 🙂

How to get smarter, happier and more successful every day

How are you? I feel fantastic and I hope you feel the same! Let me ask you another question, are you the person you always wanted to be? Are you as happy as you want to be? Do you know all the things you always wanted to know?

What if I say to you that you can change your whole life within less of 30 minutes a day? You can learn from the experience of many successful people like Richard Branson, Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. In addition, you can learn how to be happier or how to deal better with your finances.

All you have to do is start reading the right books. But what are the right books?

Well, that depends on what you want to learn. There are books in almost every section. There are many good books about finances, marketing or relationships. Here are some example sections, where you can read books.

Finances

Now you maybe ask yourself, why you would want to read a book about finances. A well-paid job should be enough, right?

Earning good money is never bad but if you can’t deal with your finances you will never be fully happy. So you can read books about how to deal better with your finances or how to invest your money. When I learned how to deal better with money I much more happy and satisfied.

When I learned how to deal better with money I much more happy and satisfied. I know how to spend my money to be more satisfied and also I know where I can invest my money to have a good profit while keeping the risk low.

Self-confidence

Do you already have the self-confidence of a lion? If not you maybe should start reading books about how to build self-confidence.

I think you already know how important self-confidence can be. It can make the difference between a good job or an average job. It can make the difference between beeing single or having your dream partner. And in many other ways.

Happiness

Do you feel happy and passionate every single day? Are you happy with your job, your lifestyle and/or your love partner? If not is that the problem of the job, the lifestyle or your love partner? In my opinion, in most of the cases, the problem is the person itself.

Happiness comes from within. Happiness doesn’t start when you have a big house, a nice car or three kids. You need to learn how to be happy without any reason. Believe me, if you learned that you will be truly happy.

Relationships

How happy are you with your love partner? Or are you searching for one and you can’t find one? How big is your network? And how supportive is it?

Reading books can help you to develop deeper and more meaningful relationships. You can learn how to make friends or how to talk to completely strangers. There are many books about networking in the market because it can be so important.

Your network is your highest asset. And if you don’t know how to build your network you have to learn it. And there is no better way than reading books and trying them out!

Motivation

How do you feel on a Monday morning? Tired from the weekend and not motivated going to work? Like most of the people? What if I say to you that you can be very motivated every day? Even a Monday morning!

Do you know how to do that? No? Then you need to learn how to get and stay motivated. You can find many different books on this topic, you only need to be motivated to read one 🙂

Sports and exercising

I don’t know how fit you are at this moment. Maybe you are an athlete and you don’t need any tips but there are also many people who want to be fitter but they don’t know how. There are endless books about fitness and exercising and depending on your goal you there should be definitely one for you.

You can also learn what food you need so your body works at an optimal level so you will be more energized. If you feel that you could have more energy you should read a book about that!

Skills

Do you always wanted to know how good marketing works? Or how you can memorize things better. Whatever it is, I’m sure there is somewhere a book that can help you develop the skill you always wanted. Or maybe you need right now.

I once read a book about speed reading and now I can read up to 2 times faster than before. So what normal people read in 1 hour I can read in 30 minutes or even less. So develop your skills you need and you want to have!

Biography

Who is your ideal? Is it the genius behind Apple, Steve Jobs? Or maybe one of the best basketballer of all time, Michael Jordan? Whoever it is, do you want to know what mindset these persons have? What kind of struggle they have been facing while working on their dream. How did they keep working to accomplish the impossible?

Of course, you can try to ask them but in many cases, you don’t have access to these people. Luckily most of them have published a biography. So you can read about these persons and learn from their lessons! Isn’t that great?


As you can see there are endless possibilities and also books out there. Many successful people read one book a week. This seems a lot, but if you are able to block some time for reading this is absolutely possible.  I read about 1-2 hours before I go to sleep. This has the advantage that one the one side my eyes are much more tired when I want to go to bed and on the other side, I learn something every evening.

I have to admit that I have never been much of a reader. The only time I was reading was on vacation, but also not always. When I started to read books about personal development I was hooked. I read books, which cost me around 10$ but they are worth more than 10,000$!

In the future, I will present some of the best books I read, but the most important thing is that you start reading. Start with maybe 30 minutes a day. This isn’t a lot and should be possible for everyone.

I hope I was able to motivate you to start reading books! What have been your best book so far? Let me know by leaving a comment below 🙂

Best regards,

Fabi

Tips for sleeping better

Hello champ,

I hope you feel good! In the previous article, I described how you can make the most of your morning. A good morning routine can help you to feel much fitter and awake, but it is also important that you have a high-quality sleep. In this article, I will tell you some tips for sleeping better.

Make sleeping a routine

I’m sure you heard from the tip that you should try to go to bed always at the same time and stand up at the same time. I know this can be very hard to achieve with all the parties.. 😀 But if you have to do a lot and for example, you have to learn for exams this can be very helpful.

Try to maintain about 8 hours of sleep and make it a routine to go to bed always at the same time. You should do this not only on weekdays but also on the weekend. This will help your body to sleep much better.

Avoid screens

Maybe you heard from this, but the blue led light of screens can harm your sleep quality. The blue lights invoke a special hormone which keeps you awake. That is the reason why Apple released in iOS 10 the new feature that will change the color of the screens into more warm lights at night.

This is absolutely helpful, but it is more helpful if you try to avoid screens for at least one hour before going to bed. It is better if you can avoid them for two hours. You can use this time to read a book, going for a walk or maybe even learn if you want to.

I read a book before going to bed until my eyes are getting tired and then I go to sleep and usually I fall asleep in the next 15 minutes after going.

Don’t go hungry in bed

In order to sleep better, you should not go hungry to bed. But also you should try not going to bed if you are full. Try eating something light before going to bed like fruits or don’t eat something heavy for at least 1 hour before going to bed.

If you are too full your body has to work to stomach your food and this will harm you sleep quality. Also if you go hungry to bed your body may have not enough nutrients to recover itself. Many important recovery activities take place while sleeping, so try to help your body here! In return, your body will be much more rested the next day and you feel much fitter.

Darken and quiet down your room

You have the best sleep quality if your room is as quiet and dark as possible. Turn off your tv and your PC, because even the smallest light can affect your sleeping.

Also, try to cancel all possible sounds which can harm your sleep quality. That means that you set your phone to silent mode or even turn on the flight mode. Of course, there are sounds like neighbors or cars driving by where you can do nothing against it, but you can try to change the things you can change like your phone and so on.

Shut down your head

Many people have the problem that when they go to bed their head is kinda going crazy. You think about your day and maybe all the tasks you have to do tomorrow and you get nervous about the next exam and you’re not sure whether you learned enough.

I had the same problem especially in the days before an exam or something like that. But I found a way on how to quiet my head. I was able to shut down my thinking by starting to meditate. I’m sure many think now about Budda or something like that but meditation has nothing to do with religion.

Meditation is a training for the mind and helps you to release stress. There are many different meditation programs or video out there and I think many of them are useful. I’m using the app Calm and I still love the effects of meditation.

At the beginning, I was a little skeptical if it really helps. I started meditating two weeks before a big exam. And those two weeks have been really eye opening for me. I meditated about 10-15 minutes every day before going to bed. In the night before the exam, I was really relaxed in the head and fall quickly asleep. This was the first time something like this happened.

In addition, in the minutes before the exam, where I’ve been usually very nervous, I was relaxed and ready for the exam. I think I don’t have to mention that the exam was easy for me because I was so relaxed in my head that I didn’t have any problems remembering things or solve complex assignments.


I think the last tip is the most useful tip for many people out there. I hear it a lot that people can’t sleep because of their head. But when I try to help them and say “try to meditate” many people laugh or refuse to give it a try.

As I described, in the beginning, I was also very skeptical. But I gave it a try. It only costs 10-15 minutes a day and you don’t need any equipment. You can do it before going to bed or after waking up. And I think everyone has 10-15 minutes every day for themselves.

For me, all these tips help me very much when it comes to sleeping. I sleep a lot better than I used to and I feel much fitter in spite of I sleep less.

But now I want to hear from you. Did these tips help you or do you have additional tips? I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below!

Best regards,

Fabi

 

How to have the perfect morning

Hello champ,

I hope you feel alright because I feel awesome right now 🙂

Do you know the people who are fit and energized in the morning? Are you one of them? Or are you one of these persons who need a lot of coffee and time to get awake? Then you should absolutly read this article to be more fit and energized in the morning!

Place your alarm clock away from the bed

For me many mornings have looked like this: alarm is ringing: snooze. 5 minutes later: snooze… and so on. Until I felt fit enough to stand up. So usually when my alarm was set to 6:30am I never went out of bed before 7:00am. That means I wasted around 30 minutes everyday with hitting the snooze button.

So I thought that I need some change. I searched around the web and I found the tip to place the alarm clock away from my bed. So before going to bed I placed my alarm clock somewhere else, so I had to stand up to set of the alarm. The next morning I was a little angry at myself because I had to stand up to turn of the alarm 😀 but it worked. When I turned of the alarm I was standing in my room and I thought: “okay now that you are awake you can have a shower right away” and I went having a shower.

I was ready with my shower and the clock said: 6:45am. So I was 30 minutes earlier as usual and I had more than enough time for breakfast. And I felt great. I felt great because I found a way to stand up much earlier and I felt much more awake.

Now about 5 years later I still place my alarm away from my bed and it really helps my getting out of the bed no matter how tired I am.

Shower cold

I read an article about 2 years from now saying that showering cold is the best motivation boost you can have. So I wanted to give it a try. But without any success. I was standing for like 5 minutes in the shower talking to myself. But then I lost the argument to myself and enjoyed a hot shower. And I still really love to have a how shower. And I didn’t wanted to miss that.

So time went by until I had an idea to shower cold and still be able to enjoy a hot shower. Sounds impossible? My idea was to start my usual hot shower and the last 10 seconds of the shower I turn the water as cold as possible. And I challenged to myself to do it for the next 45 days. Why 45 days? Because I thought if I can do that for the next 45 days I have enough time to see the hopefully positive results so I make a habit out of it.

So the next day in the morning I turned the water to cold and counted to 10. The water was so cold I was not able to breathe for the 10 seconds. But afterwards I felt like I can run a marathon or lift a car. The second day was harder then the first day because I knew what was coming. But I did it again. And I was feeling so energized again. So time went by and the 45 days went by really fast. And I’m still showering cold at the end for at least 10 seconds. Why?

Because I feel much more energized and awake in the morning. And also much more motivated. Because when I showered cold I already have done something out of my comfort zone. And from there I felt that nothing could stop me. So I can absolutly recommend you to challenge yourself to have a cold shower every morning! It will be worth it!

Enjoy a good breakfast

The breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For over 8 hours your body didn’t get any nutrition and is empty. So it is your job to give your body what it needs so your body can work much better and you will feel more energized and awake.

Your breakfast should contain some fruits and a lot of good carbs. Good carbs are in food like whole-grain bread or oatmeal. Play around a little bit so it doesn’t get boring. You can also add fish if you want to or eggs. Also try to trink at least one glass of water in the morning.

If you are not motivated in the morning to make such a breakfast you can prepare it the day before so you only have to take it out of the fridge.

Do something you feel passionate about

This is by far the best tip I can give you. Do you remember how you felt when you woke up and it was your birthday or Santa was coming? Did you feel tired in these days? I bet you don’t. I don’t want to say that Santa has to come everyday, but I want to say that you should do something in the morning you like and you feel passionate about.

Maybe you want to do some exercising in the morning. I love a good run in the morning, but I know enough people who don’t like to exercise in the morning. So you have something you like and what challenges you. Maybe you want to build your first business and the first thing in the morning is to work on that. Whatever it is, if you go to bed and you look forward into the next morning you are doing everything well.

This can also be a job you love. If you have a job you love and you like going there it is much easier to stand up in the morning and be positive. So if are not happy about your current job then you need to make a change! If you want to work on your passion and earn money doing that you definitly have to check out my review about Wealthy Affiliate!


I hope you have now an good impression on how to have your perfect morning. For me these things helped a lot to be much more energized and awake in the morning.

How does you morning routine look like?  I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below 🙂

Fabi

Boost your Productivity

I don’t know how you feel but I love the feeling of being productive. It is every time very satisfying to finish a day with all tasks completed. Maybe even I did some tasks in advance and I can finish earlier tomorrow.

I also know the feeling if you feel very unproductive and I couldn’t finish a single task. This can be very frustrating. The goal of my article is to motivate you and to boost your productivity. Here are some methods and techniques I use to be as much productive as possible.

Traffic lights

The first thing you have do is to separate your tasks in three different categories. The three categories are red, yellow and green just like a traffic light. Red marked tasks are very important tasks you have to do. For example if there is upcoming exam, learning for this exam would be a red task. Or finishing a presentation for the next day.

The next category are the yellow tasks and these are medium important tasks. These tasks are not red yet, but they become red within the next two weeks. It would be very helpful to do these tasks but they are not as important as red tasks.

The last category are the green tasks, which are not really important and can wait. Green tasks can become yellow tasks by time, but at the moment it is not really important.

Eat that frog

Now that we have categorized our tasks we need an order we want to work on our tasks. What would happen if the first thing in the morning you do is to eating a frog? Well yes that is disgusting but can it get worse? No of course not, so everything else seems very simple and not that disgusting. That’s how we order our tasks now.

You have to take your biggest and most disgusting frog and eat it at first. What does this mean? You have to take the task which is the most important and hardest one. This is your frog. If you finished your hardest task, what can now stop you?

So choose your most disgusting frog (task) and don’t stop until you finished. If you have finished all your red tasks continue with the yellow tasks.

Before I used this method I tended to make my hardest in the end. But there you don’t have much of your energy left and the task will be even harder. So it is much better to work on the hardest task, when you have the most of your energy.

No multitasking

No matter if you are a man or a woman, only focus on one task. Often people say that they are much more productive doing two tasks at the same time but that is not true.

There are several studies about that and they all have the result that It is much more productive to focus only on one task. If you finish task by task you will be much more productive.

Eliminate disturbances

In order to be as much productive as possible you need to be focused on your tasks by 100%. That means you have to eliminate all the possible disturbances.

First thing you need to do is to have on your desk only the things you need to complete your task, so you don’t have to interrupt your work to search for a book or a report or anything like that.

The next thing you need to do is to put away all the things you don’t need this will only disturb you. So put away all the paper from different projects/exams and focus only one on task.

Put your smartphone on silent and close your email application. You can answer your mails and messages later, now you only have to focus on your task. It can take a lot of time to come back to a task after you answered a short message.

Get more energy

I feel the most productive, when I feel awake and I have a lot of energy. There are several different factors which can give you more energy. You should include regular exercising to your daily schedule und try to eat healthier. This will also affect your sleep and you will feel better rested the next day.

Try running, bodyweight workouts or whatever makes you happy. By eating healthier you need to avoid junk food and drink water instead of soda drinks. You should drink more than 2 liter of water every day!

Also it is very important to work not more than 8 hours per day. The rest of the day should be activities that relax you and give you more energy, like exercising or taking a bath. Also there should be one day in the week (often Sundays) where you don’t work, you even don’t think about your work/tasks.

If possible try to travel one weekend in a month, this helps you to get away from your work so you can relax much better.

Sometimes less is more. If you feel relaxed and awake you will be much more productive, what makes you happier and gives you more free time.

Social pressure

If that all didn’t help you can set yourself under social pressure. At first you have to search for a good friend or partner. Now you show this person all the tasks you want to complete and also this person shows you all the tasks he/she want to complete.

Now you have to control, whether your partner/friend completed all the tasks. This is usually enough pressure. It can be hard if you have to say to your friend that you couldn’t finish your tasks.

If that isn’t enough, you can also agree on a punishment. For example if one didn’t finish his tasks he has to post an embarrassing photo on Facebook. You can be very creative here!


As you can see it isn’t very difficult to be productive. Do you have different techniques or method? I would love to hear from them so please leave a comment below 🙂

I wish you a very productive day! 🙂

Fabi

The perfect goal

set goalA lot of successful people say that you have to set yourself goals in order to become successful. But how can you set yourself such a goal? The reason why many goals are not reached is a mixture of the person who created the goal and the goal itself. Maybe the goal was not set very well. Or maybe it was set to high and the result was frustration.

Maybe you have experienced the same. Maybe your goal was to get fitter or to lose weight, but after some time you lose motivation and you miss your goal. In order to set yourself the perfect goal what motivates you and what you will reach you need five different characteristics.

Why should I set a goal?

Before I will tell you the five characteristics I will tell you why it is so important to set yourself goals. Setting a goal should give yourself a direction you want to go. Setting yourself no goal is like going on a hiking trip without a destination. How do you know if you are on the right track? And where do you want to go? If you have goals you want to reach, you can be much more focused and motivated.

In addition, when you reach your goals you will be more confident and happy. Isn’t that what everybody wants? 🙂

What are there for different goals?

You need short-term, medium-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals are the goals you want to reach within the next month. Medium-term goals can be in-between 1/2 and 5 years. Long-term goals are goals you want to reach the next 5-10 years (or more).

You need to start with a long-term goal. Sit down with a piece of paper and think about all the things you want to have achieved 10 years from now. Maybe you want to drive a Ferrari or have a big home. Or maybe you want to run 10 miles without a problem. Whatever it is, write it down. Now take the goal, where you think that it has the highest impact on your life.

Now take this goal and think what you should have achieved 5 years from now so you can achieve your long-term goal. The last step is to find smaller steps you need to succeed in order to achieve your goal.

I give you an example, maybe you want to earn $10mio/year ten years from now. So a good goal in 5 years would be to earn $5 mio/year. Now you have to think what you need to achieve in order to reach your goal. Well, you usually can’t earn $10mio/year with a normal 9-5 job. So you need to find a different job, maybe you’re a good athlete or maybe you have to become a successful entrepreneur. If you want to become an entrepreneur you have to think about all the stuff you need to become a good entrepreneur. Maybe you need to talk to other successful entrepreneurs or you need to read more books, this can be your short-term goals.

Now you have a plan for your future, including small steps on the way to reach your goal. Of course, maybe it is hard to determine what it takes to be a good entrepreneur, but if you want to become one, you need to set small goals so you move in the right direction. A first goal could be for example to build your first business. Then you need to learn what it takes to create a business and again you have smaller steps.

I hope you can follow me 🙂 now it’s getting interesting. As I mentioned before you need five different characteristics to set yourself a good goal, so here are the five characteristics:

The five characteristics

S – Specific

First important characteristic is that your goal is specific. An unspecific goal can be for example: “I want to become fitter”. Well, this is great, but what does that mean? That can mean that you want to run faster or lift more weight. A specific goal would be for example: “I want to run faster”. Everybody understands your goal and you can work on your running in order to become faster.

M – Measurable

The next important characteristic is that the goal is measurable. For example, your goal is to run faster. So you have to measure your performance now and then. This is why “I want to become fitter” is not a good goal, because how do you want to measure this? But if your goal is measurable you can easily track your performance to see if you are reaching your goal.

A – Achievable/Acceptable

Another important characteristic is if your goal is achievable. What does this mean? This means that if you reach your goal, can you be proud of yourself? If now the goal is not acceptable. For example, the goal: “Make 10 steps per day” is not very acceptable. But for example “running a marathon” is one. So the important part here is to set your goal not too low! Your goal should challenge and motivate you!

R – Realistic

Also, should your goal be realistic. Don’t set yourself a goal you can’t achieve. For example, if you can do 10 pushups maximum you can never do 100 next week. If your goal is so high you can never achieve it, you should make your goal smaller. This can be really frustrating and demotivating. It is important also not to set your goal too high!

T – Time-based

This is one of the common mistakes when it comes to setting a goal. Most people set themselves the goal to loose weight. But if you don’t have a time frame you will never start. So for example, if you want to loose weight say something like: “until the end of March I want to loose x pounds”. So set yourself a specific date/time for your goal.

So the next time you want to set a goal, make it a SMART goal. Setting the perfect goal shouldn’t be too hard following these 5 rules I hope 🙂


I hope you now have the knowledge to set yourself the perfect goal. Follow the five rules and your goal will be motivating. You will be more motivated and more confident in your life.

What are your experiences with setting a goal? If you have any questions I would be very happy, if you leave me a comment below 🙂