Formentor, Mallorca

My summer challenge

Wouter Work 3 Comments

Since I traveled to Thailand and Indonesia last December the location independent dream never left my mind. I have been reading a lot of blogs about internet business and listened to every episode of some very very interesting podcasts.

Then 2 weeks ago my wife and me went on holiday to beautiful Mallorca and I decided to not take a laptop and have an internet-less holiday. But I brought a hardcover edition of The 4 Hour Workweek and I read one third of it during this 8 days holiday.
I discovered that the book is far more interesting then I expected. I still don’t believe it is possible to work only 4 hours per week and make a living out of that, but the book is full of ideas on how to be more productive and stay focused on what really matters.
In my job I have no problem to stay focused, because there is a structure and a boss that I gave a commitment to. If I have that structure in place, then there’s no problem for me to deliver. But I have to stop procrastinating and learn to deliver too if there is no one actually waiting for it.

And then I read about Sebastian Marshall’s productivity run and I decided to have my own challenge for this summer.
I defined my goals for the next 2 months and the challenge is to stay focused to achieve those goals. The goals are not hard to achieve if I can keep focused.

This is the end of dreaming and the start of actually getting things done!

[fancy_header]The Challenge[/fancy_header] These are the actual goals I have set:
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  • Stay fit: I commit myself to do sports 3 times per week, of which at least 1 time swimming and 1 time gym. The 3rd time can be either swimming, gym or jogging. I was already doing 2 times sport per week before my holiday, so I guess it won’t be too difficult to achieve.
  • Reduce information consumption: this is an idea from The 4 Hour Workweek that should help me to stay focused. I plan to use the rescue time tool to monitor how much time I spend on social networks and information sites that are not useful to achieve my goals. This time should be reduced by at least 50% by the end of August.
  • Launch a niche authority website by the end of August. I already defined the subject, registered the domain name and installed WordPress. As I plan it to be an authority website I will have to write a lot of quality articles on the subject.
  • Continue to improve my personal website = www.wouter.net: revamp the about page, do some linkbuilding, write more quality blogposts, etc.
  • Write a blogpost every week (probably in the weekend) about how I’m doing with my goals.
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And now it’s time to stop working for today and watch the second half of the European Football Championship’s final. 😉

Comments 3

  1. Ada | Adaphobic Travels

    I know the challenge you have there is just a preparation for being a location independent 😀 Good luck! It’s my first time here, loved your blog.

  2. Wouter Vernaillen

    Thanks Ada!
    Being location independent is still just a dream, but when I have some time I can already start to prepare. 😉
    Unfortunately my challenge is not really working out well.

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