If you want to make or save more money, you’re going to need to spend your time.
Side hustles and in-depth investment strategies take time. Cutting coupons and comparison shopping take time.
Most methods for making more money or for saving more money cost you time.
When is that exchange worth it?
Continue reading “When is More Money Worth Your Time?”
When I started making a concerted effort to be more productive, I knew I had to make better use of my time.
One of the early steps in this process was adding podcasts and audio books to my day. Previously, while walking to the subway or around the neighborhood, I would have just let my mind wander. I replaced this lost time with extra learning.
The extra knowledge helped. I felt more productive on my walks. But I started feeling more overwhelmed with the work I had on my plate the rest of the time. It felt like I was actually getting less done.
According to the research, I probably was.
I had lost the benefits of letting my mind wander.
Continue reading “The Productivity Benefits of Letting Your Mind Wander”
One question that meditation has taught me to ask is: Where is the resistance?
In meditating, there is always something that is trying to grab my attention. Often, all I need to do to get rid of it is figure out what it is, acknowledge it, and label it.
“Okay, my mind wants to focus on that upcoming meeting. That’s good to know.”
I can label it, go back to meditation, and then address that issue when I’m done with my meditation. If the meeting is weighing on me, then maybe I need to spend some more time preparing. I’ve identified the problem, and I can then take steps to ease my anxiety.
Lately, I’ve been trying to ask the same question of my productivity.
Continue reading “Conquering Procrastination”
I read a lot of self-improvement books. Most of them are garbage.
Sure, they may have useful tips and tricks, but usually they contain about enough useful information to fill a blog post. This is then surrounded by fluff, anecdotes, and flowery language to meet the word count for a book.
This is what I expected when I picked up Chris Bailey’s The Productivity Project. I anticipated some helpful tips, but mostly fluff.
That is not what I got.
This book is one of the rare finds that actually has a lot of useful information. Continue reading “The Three Fuels of Productivity”
I spend a good deal of time around here talking about productivity. This is because I spend a good deal of my time elsewhere trying to figure out how to optimize my productivity.
Optimizing productivity is one way to help optimize your life. If you can be more productive during your working hours, you can make more money and save more time that you can spend on other endeavors or with your family and friends.
The key to all of my productivity hacks and tricks all centers on one cornerstone:
Write. Everything. Down.
This may seem overly simplistic or obvious, but don’t underestimate it! Continue reading “The One Key to Optimizing Your Productivity”
On leaving high school, I made an interesting observation: My grades were higher when my schedule was busier.
It was easy to make the distinction between busy semesters and less busy semesters. You may have guessed based on reading around here for a bit that I’m a nerd. Befitting that, I was in the marching band in high school.
A marching band that was regularly the number one band in New England.
For those of you who have not been in a competitive marching band, it is very time consuming.
We practiced for three hours after school two days a week and practiced all day on Saturday.
Once competition season started, we would bus out to competitions on Saturday and Sunday each week.
That’s a lot of hours.
Continue reading “Why We Are More Productive When Our Schedules Are Full”
I debated quitting this blog recently.
When I started writing last summer, I put some rules in place. I assumed that there would be some valleys, and I didn’t want to give up when things got tough.
First, I agreed that I would write for at least a year before I reassessed. That year isn’t up until July.
A few months in, I also signed up to attend FinCon (the annual financial writer/blogger/podcaster convention) in 2017. FinCon isn’t until the end of October, so I figured I would push through until at least then to meet and learn from some of the great people that I’ve connected with in this community.
I took both of those steps before the election. Continue reading “On Quitting and Time Management”
It has become a sign of success in the modern world to say that you’re busy.
Being busy signifies that you are a hard worker. You have plenty of opportunities. You are important. And everyone wants to be important!
So you will often hear “I don’t have time.”
“I’d love to have a weekend away with my family, but I don’t have time.”
“I’d love to take up skiing, but I just don’t have the time.”
“I wish I could read as much as you do, but I’m always so busy that I don’t have time.”
You do have the time, though. We all do. We’re just choosing not to use it on that particular activity. Continue reading “You Do Have Time”
Have you ever wondered why a project that you have two weeks to complete ends up taking the whole two weeks, when you can finish a similar project with a shorter deadline in 48 hours?
Remember when you had a whole semester to complete a paper for class? We would always plan to get it done early so that we weren’t writing our paper while also taking final exams. And yet, how many of us ended up still writing the night before the paper was due?
Continue reading “Do More in Less Time”
Here at Optimize Your Life we’ve talked about the need for more focus in our lives.
One way to achieve that, which we have explored previously, is to avoid multitasking.
But multitasking is not the only force assaulting our focus. One other major distractor is unfinished tasks. Continue reading “Make a Plan! (Or Don’t)”