How to be efficient with your time if you have a family

In part one of this blog last week I wrote about what I learned from reading 168 Hours: You have more time than you think. Time is our most precious resource. Today, you’ll learn how to optimize time and live a fuller life while juggling work and family.

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168 Hours: You have more time than you think (Part I)

Time is our most precious resource. This is what we of the FIRE movement are sacrificing and working hard to obtain: to be in charge of our time, to have more of it. So while it’s all good and everything to talk about money—how to save and invest it—us FIRE bloggers should also be examining the resource we’re striving to have more of: time. Continue reading “168 Hours: You have more time than you think (Part I)”

Are your habits killing not only your finances, but also your health? (Part I)

Our habits can make us rich or kill us.

I first came across this thought in a Mr. Money Mustache blog post. After I read it, I started thinking: would I rather release some old habits and learn new ones—thus allowing me to work part time and free me up to spend more time with my family and on other activities I love—or work full time?

It was a no brainer: learn some new habits!

So ever since, I’ve been fascinated by the study of habits and read up on them whenever I stumble across a related book or article. Here’s a summary of what I’ve learned over the years:  Continue reading “Are your habits killing not only your finances, but also your health? (Part I)”

For the sake of your finances, you should read STRETCH

If you own a business or you ever felt like there’s more to life than just obtaining stuff, you should read STRETCH by Scott Sonenshein.*

 

The premise of this book is by unlocking the power of less, you’ll achieve more than you ever imagine—lifelong satisfaction can be gained from stretching resources instead of chasing more. He gives many examples of businesses who chased more resources ended up bankrupt, versus others that triumphed from stretching their existing resources.

 

A book summary (as my friends sometimes ask me for):

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Student Loans: a 14-year argument resolved

During our marriage, my husband and I have owed up to $750,000. So it’s no surprise my husband (aka “DH” for Dear Hubby), and I have argued intermittently for fourteen years about our student loans.

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