As I walk through the train I once more notice the myriads of free newspapers lying around everywhere. I sit down and the young lady that joined me shortly afterwards, asks me if I finished reading the newspaper located on the seat next to me. I pick it up and hand it to her.
"Here take it, It's not mine and I don't intend to read it anyways." "Already up to date on all the news huh?" she asks with a grin on her face. "Something like that I guess" I tell her as I turn my attention back to my book.
According to Lanier there are a lot of factors that contribute to this decline. The main cause being social media platforms like Facebook, which exchange personal creativity for uniformity, instant gratification through "Like" buttons and an endless supply of irrelevant information. They promote consumption and curation for the sacrifice of giving up personal expression through creation.
People reduce themselves to the predefined contents of checkboxes and drop-down relationship statuses.
Three weeks ago, I returned from my trip to Japan. After cycling across the country of the rising sun for three months I came to one of the biggest realisations about myself:
I almost need nothing to survive, even less to enjoy life and be happy...
Consumerism got me tricked all these years, and it only took a little more than a month of living on the road to realise this. Like so many others before me I stared my journey with too much. A full 32 litre backpack and two carry-on bike bags filled with stuff.
Stuff I didn't need...
Over the course of two months I gradually got rid of one unnecessary thing after another. And every time I gave something away I felt lighter, happier and more at peace with myself. This continued until I was only left with my half filled backpack and the feeling of true freedom.
I didn't stop there. After returning back home I decided to start cutting down all the non-essential things in my life. And that's what I've been doing for the past two weeks now. I sold most of my valuables online for a surprising profit, gave away almost 20kg of clothes that I never wore and disposed of everything else.
I now own less than 100 Things and for the first time ever, the things I own don't dictate my life anymore.
Last weekend I attended the first Rails Girls event in Zurich, Switzerland as a coach. I was blown away by the amazing organisation, huge amount of motivation and passion.After getting over my hangover on Sunday, I instantly knew that I wanted to stay involved and try to improve the quality of future Rails Girls happenings around the world. This blog post is my first try at improving the Rails Girls movement which is already pretty strong.
Getting up early can be a great way to help you establish a daily routine which is the first step to becoming more productive. Here I present you 10 tips that helped me in becoming an early riser.