Bootstrap Your Life

A step by step guide to getting a shiny, new life

This is a guide to give a logical working to making the project of your life happen. I think of life as a project and use project management ideas to get from start to finish.

You can work out where you are in the process of bootstrapping your life and read the relevant posts from then on.

After this, it’s worth looking at the page for becoming (or bringing up) a well-rounded person. From either of these pages you can get a feel for the site and the sorts of articles you might want to read next.

Alternatively, you can go to the newest posts or view posts by category using the links on the right. You might also be keen to know more about this blog. Enjoy!

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Step One: Deal With the Current Situation & Build Resources

Overcome poverty and depression. Regain confidence. Build up skills and money.

Be your best. Just because you have no money doesn’t mean you can’t look your best, be happy and look after the environment.

  • Eat on a shoestring
  • Be entertained on a shoestring
  • Bargain Hunt
  • Deal with Sharehousing
  • Curb your desires and get rid of the hole in your pocket
  • Practise Effective Budgeting
  • Learn about finance, accounting and taxes
  • Make more money
  • Get more skills
  • Find Happiness
  • Build Confidence
  • Get over your fear of rejection and fear of failure
  • Deal with Stress
  • Build Health and Fitness
  • Improve Grooming and Style
  • Manage Environmental and Ethical Concerns

Bootstrap Life: Step One – Articles

Step Two: Get inspired – Design and plan your life & get moving!

This is the hardest bit.. but very rewarding and fun! Once you have worked out what you really want from life you will be unstoppable in your quest to get it. Enjoy!

  • Find out what you want to do
  • Be passionate
  • Research options and risks
  • Decide & Set Goals
  • Write a plan
  • Get the ball rolling
  • Don’t procrastinate
  • Get organised
  • Get the job
  • Start the business
  • Start Saving and Investing

Get straight into it and make a go of it. You’ve done all your research by now so make it happen! The worst thing that can possibly happen is that you’ll find something else that appeals more later. And so what? Then you start again. It’s called life.

Bootstrap Life: Step Two – Articles

Step Three: Re-assess Your Position

If you have taken up study or begun a new business see step one again as your finances may be very tight at this point. You also may have decided to keep your job while going back to study or starting a business which is pretty stressful stuff.

Is your work-life balance right? If it’s not right can you see the light at the end of the tunnel?

Is this the right thing for you? Are you stressed because you’ve taken on a lot or have you actually made the wrong decision? It’s not too late to quit and try another path. But don’t give up just because the path is difficult. If it is still the right path for you then stay motivated and renew your focus! Stay on task!

Crisis management: This is also a good point to note possible interruptions to your plan and how they might change your plan. Think travelling, deaths, weddings and babies. How does that change the picture?

  • Studying: Go back to step one
  • New Business: Go back to step one
  • New Kid: Go back to step one
  • Monitor progress: Are you getting there?
  • Maintain Work-life Balance
  • Re-assess path and goals

Bootstrap Life: Step Three – Articles

Step Four: Stay on Task & Stay at the Top of your Game (Business or Career)

There will be times when you wonder why you are putting in all this hard work. It’s really important to know your goals and stay focused. Keep your dreams vivid!

  • Study Time Management
  • Stay Motivated
  • Focus!
  • Find Mentors
  • Work with people smarter than you are
  • Keep Balanced
  • Maintain Quality of Life
  • Stay contactable: Keep in touch with friends and family
  • Study GTD, lifehacks & time management
  • Manage investment portfolio
  • Keep learning!
  • Read Business tips
  • Read Career tips
  • Systematise your business
  • Smile and relax
  • Give time and money to charity
  • Thank people who helped you
  • Monitor Progress: Keep looping back to step three
  • Start again: Get a new goal and go back to step two
  • Stuffed up: Go back to step one

Use lifehacks and GTD methods to keep you getting things done effectively. Get investment advice.

Keep your business running in top condition. Stay ahead of your peers at work. Get the promotion.

Give back. Come on, a lot of people helped you along the way, didn’t they?

Bootstrap Life: Step Four – Articles

Get started!!

Now is time to spring into action! For each step of the process I have noted relevant articles to guide you along the way. All you have to do is follow the steps and take charge of your life!


Bootstrap Life: Articles
Step OneStep TwoStep ThreeStep Four

Don’t forget, it’s also worth looking at the page for becoming (or bringing up) a well-rounded person. Alternatively, you can go straight to the newest posts or learn more about this blog. Enjoy!

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