The main reason for this blog is because I am looking to make big improvements in both my personal and business life. To do this I have been on a mission to learn and try new things.
Any regular readers of my blog will know that I am a huge fan of shopping (although I have slowed down in recent months – see my shopping challenge to see why).
I saw a friend (cheers Matt) recently post his best buys of 2019 list and this inspired me to produce my own.
So, what did I buy this year that I would recommend to friends, family, and you the readers?
Here is my list of best purchases in 2019 for supplements, tech, software and books that I found incredibly useful this year. I would recommend checking them out.
It will come as no surprise that I rank my supplement as one of my favourite buys of 2019.
After 8-months of development my Greens Superfood powder was released in July 2019 and is part of my daily routine. You can check out my full review of my supplement here.
The reason I put this together is to ensure I got all my daily greens and brain fuel in one easy to take drink each morning. But that’s not all, I wanted to ensure that all the ingredients had the minimum effective dosage to actually work – no under dosing here!
The response from customers has been amazing and it seems that I am not the only one looking for a transparent greens powder not just works but that tastes great!
Oura Ring – Sleep Tracker
Without doubt one of most productive tech products I have purchased in a long time. I really enjoy seeing the data that the Oura ring gives me each morning.
You can check out my full review of the ring here.
It’s not always good news seeing how inefficient sometimes you sleep but it’s actionable stuff to work on.
Whilst it took me a good few days to get used to wearing the ring (I am married but have never worn a wedding ring!), I have worn the Oura ring for 4 months now every day only forgetting to put it on twice.
If you want detailed data on how well you sleep with actionable advice and how to improve your sleep efficiency the Oura ring is the way to go.
Jabra Elite 65t – Wireless earbuds
I purchased these very much on impulse as a friend recommended them to me. At the time I really didn’t need another pair of headphones, I already have like 5-6 pairs ( I will write a post comparing these soon ), but he was so impressed with them I decided to give them a try.
I am so glad I did as the Jabra Elite in-ear headphones are now my go-to headphones when out and about.
They fit really well in your ear that it blocks a lot of external sound and so provides clear sound direct into your ear.
In fact they fit so well, without the sound on I can hardly hear when people are talking to me!
They are super easy to connect and when placed back in the sleek case start re-charging straight away. The battery life is worth mentioning too as they last a long-time. I was using them for weeks before they needed charging, although I should highlight I wouldn’t be listening to them every day.
LG 29” Ultrawide Full HD monitor
Since moving into a private office in my co-working space, I decided to go with the LG ultrawide monitor fixed by a bracket to my desk.
Using a ultrawide monitor allows me to work more efficiently by having say Photoshop open and a web browser at the same-time.
I decided to fix the monitor to my desk using a monitor swivel arm (sold separately), which allows me to adjust the height and position of the monitor to the best position.
As you can see from the picture, I work on a MacBook pro and connect this directly to my LG monitor.
Why We Sleep – Mathew Walker PhD
This book has really shaped the importance I place now on sleep. I may not still have the best sleep possible (as my Oura ring can testify to!), I am making changes to my sleep habits to improve the quality of my sleep.
I never realised, or actually appreciated how sleep deprived I was, and still are to a degree. The prolonged effects of this deprivation have far reaching repercussions on health and mental ability. The outcome is one that is felt both in my personal and business life.
As I touched on above, using the Oura ring is great for getting feedback on sleep efficiency and recovery.
I have a long way to go to improve my sleeping habits (I should complete the book below) as I still regular sleep less than 7 hours per night. Knowing the short and long-term detrimental effects of sleep deprivation this is a MUST-read book for everyone, not just the insomniacs!
Atomic Habits – James Clear
Although I have not finished this book, which is itself quite ironic, I consume a lot of James Clear content online and am a huge fan. This guy doesn’t write fluff and always writes insightful stuff.
The main theme of the book is to make long-lasting changes to lifestyle by the compounding effect of small decisions. This not only makes it much easier to get started, instead of delaying action, but in the long-term is much more likely to stick.
So, like many of you I am sure, you want to make a big lifestyle change (like I did with wanting to lose my fat belly) and think of the end goal. Like in my case losing 6kg in 3 months.
Instead you make small “atomic habits” that overtime will have the same effect. Basically, they need to be lifestyle changes in order to make life-altering and permanent changes.
It’s a compelling book that is THE book to read if you’re looking to transform your life through modifying your behaviour.
That’s it, my best purchases of 2019 to help improve and upgrade my life. Any cool tech or books that I left out? Then please comment in the box below.