Rahul is a software engineer based in bangalore, india.

this journal is his manifesto to help people tackle everyday hurdles and live better.

Trimming down

The day I started this blog, I made a call. A call to shut down my existing tech blog.

It was inevitable. I rarely wrote there. It didn't make much sense to spend $15 a month to host a blog where I rarely wrote. Free blogging platforms such as Medium would be perfect for such cases.

It has been around half a month since I'm writing here. However, it was only yesterday when I actually shut down my tech blog.

I have been holding off the idea due to the attachment I had with it. I had put in so much effort on setting it up and writing all those posts, that shutting it down seemed to hurt.

To be wise, keeping it live didn't seem reasonable. I was racking up unnecessary server bills.

All I needed was my posts to stay live on the internet. I did exactly that by moving all my existing posts to my Medium account. It's free.

I will be saving $15 each month due to this one small change.

$15 might not seem like a big amount but at the end of the day, every penny matters. Also, one less blog to manage means more time to work on the other projects.

Owning less is better than organizing more.
— Joshua Becker

If you go through your existing bills, it is pretty likely that you will find some unnecessary subscriptions that are sitting idle making your pocket lighter.

Cut them loose.

This concept holds good not only for finance but extends to other areas of life as well.

The less clutter you have in your home or workspace, the happier and more productive you'll be. It has been preached by experts all over the world.

The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.
— Marie Kondō

In fact, I find my email easier to manage after I got rid of over 25K useless emails from my inbox a few months back.

It's normal to develop an attachment to the stuff that you own. You'll have to learn to let that go.

It's better to clean up.

Take some time and trim down. It'll improve your life in more ways than you can imagine.

Be minimal. Be lean.

Unnecessary things are nothing but a distraction and a waste of your hard-earned money. Get rid of them. Now.

You deserve a break

Make time for your loved ones