18 Ways I Improved My Life Q1 2016

Every quarter, I’ll share a brief summary of the upgrades I’m making.  Here’s the 18 upgrades I made in Q1 of 2016.

TECH I BOUGHT:

  1. Herman Miller Chair:

herman miller chair

Herman Miller Chair

Last year I got a xray and saw that the bottom part of my sacrum curves.  I had bad posture habits on my “leather executive chair”.

It was time to get the best chair possible.  Herman Miller Aeron fit the bill (plus they were available locally in Panama).

  1. Herman Miller headrest

The chair doesn’t come with a headrest.  However there is another company that makes one for the chair. I like it because I can lay back and chill.

  1. Chill Pad

I’m on a MONSTER sleep optimization kick right now.  And I’m obsessed with: darkness, coldness and removing pressure points.  I’ll post a big sleep article soon.

The Chill Pad is a thin pad filled with a small amount of distilled water that goes below your bed sheets on top of your mattress.  You can either cool or warm the water.

I’ll be posting a proper review on my upcoming Youtube channel.

  1. Oura Ring — HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION

This is one of my favorite purchases in Q1 this year.

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Black and White colored Oura Ring

The Oura Ring allows me to track my sleep without getting hit by bluetooth signals or wearing bands (too cumbersome for me).

The data is wicked and it’s already helping me do some improvements.

www.ouraring.com

HEALTH IMPROVEMENTS

  1. More Cardio

Trail running. Freeze action closeup of running shoes in action. Shallow depth of field, focus on left shoe.

Trail running. Freeze action closeup of running shoes in action.

 

I’ve cut back on weight training and upping my cardio. Was inspired after reading Hybrid Athlete by Alex Viada.  Plus the cardio time allows me to devour a book or 2 a week.

 

 

SPIRITUAL/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WORK

  1. Working on being more polite

Sometimes, simple things lead to BIG GAINS.  This video by Dan Sullivan was one of those videos.  Dan reveals the 4 things that increase your credibility and respect amongst others.

  1. Doubled Learning Speed

I think this is going to become a product later this year.  I’ve literally 4X my learning speed and volume in the last year.

HEALTH UPGRADES

  1. Stetzerizer

First, I read the book “Dirty Electricity” which was enlightening.  The book explained that dirty electricity is a form of EMF pollution.  So, I decided to fix it.

Next I bought a dirty electricity reader. And not surprisingly (in Panama), it was 1600 in some electrical outlets.  The recommended level is below 50.

To fix it it’s easy.  I bought 13 Steterizer filters and I reduced it down to about 70.  The number you need depends on how big your place is (my place is 6,200 sq feet) and how many things you’ve got plugged in.  I bought another 5 in order to reduce even more.

  1. Working on standing and moving more throughout the day

After listening to a podcast, I’ve been inspired to move more.  The Oura Ring also tells me when the get up and move (if I’ve been sitting for too long).  I’ll go rebound for 2 or 3 minutes to get the blood moving.

  1. Organic Black Angus

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Black angus beef

Finding good quality, organic beef in Panama is NO easy task.  In fact, this is the first time I score this in 12 years of living here.  The cattle is raised by a couple from Nebraska who moved to Panama.

With ribeyes and porterhouses being my staple on the ketogenic diet, getting the best quality possible is vital.

  1. Silk Sheets

In my quest for the ultimate “cool sheets”, I thought I would try these silk sheets. I do find them cooler than cotton.  I alternate between the silk sheets and the ground sheets.

  1. Second Set Of Black Out Blinds

In my quest for DARKNESS, I decided to get a second set of blackout curtains to completely block out any light in the room.   These guys not only blackout light, but reduce noise and heat.

BOOKS I READ:

  1. Dirty Electricity by Samuel Milham MD MPHdirtyelectricity

 

Good quick read if you’re a health nut.  Reveals some interesting data on dirty electricity.

  1.  Ask by Ryan Levesque

Great marketing book.  We’re going to fully implement this in my bizes in Q2.

  1. Scrum: The Art Of Doing Twice As Much In Half The Time by Jeff Sutherland and Jj Sutherland

Team productivity and organization is really my core theme this year.  This book continues on that track.  This is a GREAT book if you’re working with a team of more than 5 people and you want to maximize productivity.  

  1. 10 Pillars To Wealth  By Alex Becker

Great book really laying down what it takes to build WEALTH.  This is not a “build a nice lifestyle” book.  This is HOW TO BECOME RICH book.

  1. Letting Go by David Hawkins (re-read)  — HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION

This is a SPIRITUAL MASTERPIECE.  It’s a must read for everyone in my opinion.  It’s my second go around at it and I got even more out of it this time.

  1. Zero To One By Peter Thiel

Solid book if you want to build a big next level company.

THINGS I LOST FOCUS ON:

Meditating:  I started meditating in January and lost the groove in February.

THINGS I’M GONNA FOCUS ON NEXT QUARTER:

Starting Youtube Channel for MattGallant.tv

WimHof breathing method

Studying Huang Po

CURRENT OBSESSIONS:  The Walking Dead And Sleep Quality.

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Meet the Author

Matt Gallant

Matt Gallant is a serial entrepreneur who’s collected over 7 million leads in various industries, scientifically tested well over 10,000 different marketing ideas, generate tens of millions of dollars online and built his dream international lifestyle. Matt currently resides in Panama with his beautiful wife.

6 comments… add one
  • Thomas Fouts Mar 31, 2016, 2:51 pm

    I love following along with this “stuff”. Currently trying to make some lifestyle changes, towards cleaner nutrition, focused exercise, and sleep. I’ll be interested in your sleep post.
    Thanks

    • Matt Gallant Mar 31, 2016, 9:10 pm

      Thank you! It’s a never ending journey that’s well worth the effort.

  • Paul Warren Mar 31, 2016, 7:58 pm

    Great article Matt.

    I’ve been following you for a little while now and find your articles enjoyable to read.

    Short and succinct, wth quality information in them.

    Paul.

  • Ross McClure Apr 1, 2016, 3:27 am

    Just added several books from your list to my Amazon cart. Thanks a bunch for the list and helpful insight on each one. Looking forward to your upcoming YouTube channel.

    Ross

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