Part 1 was the basic idea that we are always predicting the future to decide what to do.
Part 2 was the competing parts of our brain, instant vs. delayed gratification
Part 3 is now looking at the idea of the reward (wanting) vs. the reward itself (happiness)
Check it out, let me know what you think.
This article in the Guardian says industrial farms are worse than we thought, their methods degrade the soil, which is not new news, but the extent to which they do is worse than they realized. Regenerative farming could be the carbon capture solution we've been looking for.
So, I'd say this is even more evidence that you can make a big impact with your consumer choices.
If you are into voting with your wallet and want to do more or if you're not into voting with your wallet and want to do more here is an article on Quartz with the headline "Conscious Consumerism is a Lie. Here's a Better Way to Save The World".
it says become an activist or use your money to support activists rather than producers. I agree activists that can change policies can make big changes, but we need both.
I've added a second installment in the Stuff You Should Know section of the site.
You and ... the Other You(s), looking at internal conflicts we all have, where they come from and what we commonly mistake them for.
Today I did 7 loans to bring me up to 80 loans in 80 days (not including weekends). Coincidentally I looked at my stats and I've now given exactly 100 loans. Out of those 100 loans over 8 years it looks like I've only lost $11 due to currency conversion, and I've never looked at the risk ratings for the loans. To put money into the website you do have to convert to US funds if you're not already in US funds so there will be some fluctuation there over time, but in general this seems very similar to just holding money in a US bank account with no interest. I highly recommend it, especially for people that want to help others but don't feel they can spare the money.
As the title says this will be my final update for the near future. My plan is to keep re-lending the money I have in there and eventually have enough to do a loan a day.
I think my bullet journal is all up to date now so I've started filling in the Stuff You Should Know section. This new section will cover everything in the Control Your Money, Control Your Life video but in more detail.
Click here to go to it
Tonight were some loans to Senegal, Liberia, Cambodia, Indonesia and Guatemala. I'll do 5 more loans next week then just loan the money out as it comes back in.
Tonight I worked on setting up a new framework for the site. I felt like I needed to separate out the basics of why we do what we do from the things we can then do in the different areas of interest, so I made a new section Stuff You Should Know, and the old section is now Stuff You Can Do.
My goal is for this to be a resource people can come and the blog is just to announce new additions to the site, not so much a blog people have to follow. Once I get a better idea of what this site is and how people use it I'll look at some more significant upgrades.
Let me what you think
A while ago I read "Getting Things: Done The Art of Stress-Free Productivity" by David Allen, it was pretty good but I just combined it with Bullet Journalling and it's even better.
Key Takeaways from Getting Things Done:
1) Have one big 'To Do' list which you can add to quickly and you have access to it at all times. I was using the list apps Clear, and OurGroceries (this can be used for more than groceries), and a Calendar app. Take as long as it takes to compile all the on to do lists you have on the go. The idea of this list is to get things out of your head so they don't take up your mental bandwidth, cause you stress, and to prevent you from forgetting about them. You can delete them off your list if you want, but that is intentional compared to just forgetting. This can take a while to get set up, but try to power through and do it all before moving on to trying to do the things on the list.
2) As new things come in, if you can do it in 2 min or less, just do it. If you can't, put it on a list. If you need to make notes on it, have a stack of file folders, give each new item it's own file folder, and it's own hanging file. He didn't really get into electronic file keeping. I've almost adopted this at work, I'm certainly using more file folders than I used to.
3) Those first two are all I remember for sure, aside from those it is helpful to plan a time when you're going to do the things on the to do list rather than hope you find the time.
So I tried to have one master to do list but it wasn't working, and I had a separate notebook for each project I was working on. It wasn't working, then I saw a video on Bullet Journalling. It's pretty basic, but I think that's why it works.
Take any book (I'm using a 3 ring binder with lined paper), and add these pages
Index - self explanatory
Future Log - divide a double spread into 6 sections for the next 6 months. List significant dates or specific tasks you'll push out to those months.
Days of the Month Page for the current month - list the days down the margin, write in significant days.
On the opposite page write out a task list (kind of the master to do list to pick from if you can fit it there).
Then a double spread for daily entries - as you go write the day of the week, write what you want to accomplish or what you did accomplish or any little note. If you don't get to something you can move it to the next day or just cancel it.
After that make Collections - these are anything that hasn't fit in so far, books to read, places to go, food to try, etc.
I'm a week in and I find it much nicer to have all the collections in one indexed journal rather than separate binders. I think I'm making way too many collections but I feel free to experiment because it is a 3-ring binder.
Here are two links I found helpful, and the video I used to get started.
I've decided to move to weekly Kiva donations. It was a good trigger to work on the blog each night, but it also takes up time each night. So tonight I did a number of loans across Ecuador (farming), Peru (farming), Congo (construction), Burkina Faso (food resale), Cambodia (water filtration), and Kenya (solar light).
This Wednesday Kiva.org is hoping to crowdlend $3 million to women around the world. If you've been thinking about it, try it out on Wednesday, it's not even a donation, you get it all back. Over my years of lending I haven't had one loan not paid back, for the average kiva user they say the default rate is around 1%, so on $25 that's $0.25.
Check it out https://www.kiva.org/lend/international-womens-day
After watching The Minimalists on Netflix it dawned on me that my site is all about living a deliberate life, about choosing what's important and then living by those values everyday, and not getting caught up with the Jones's, unless they're living a deliberate life, then by all means :)
So I redid the Home page and the About page tonight, and we'll go from there. Check out their movie. Try not to get caught up thinking you could never do that, just think about where you spend your time and money and if it aligns with your values. If not come back here and look for tips.
I keep going back to Laos for loans, tonight was $50 for water filtration systems. They are short duration so I'll be able to relend the credit out quickly (my goal is to have enough lent out that I get $25 back per day to relend), and it's for clean water, and I just can't stop thinking about how brutal the history of Laos is. Apparently during the Vietnam war the US bombers would drop bombs on Laos if they just needed to empty unused bombs because it's dangerous to land with unused bombs. So they just dropped two million tons of bombs on some people they didn't really have any problems with! Can you believe this, I can't believe this. This wasn't reported but a US guy was there and he saw it first hand and documented it in a book Voices From The Plain of Jars. I think I first heard of it in this TED talk on cluster bombs.