My Automated Personal Finance System

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I hardly do any manual work or maintenance for my finances. Everything is pretty much automated, from paying bills to setting aside savings from every paycheck. I learned this system from a book called I Will Teach You To Be Rich, which sounds cheesy but is actually a really good book.     Our Automated System Explained Our income comes primarily from our paychecks. Other Income includes the schooling allowance I… Continue Reading

Things for Mac: The “Waiting For” Tag

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I think one of the biggest reasons for my success as a project manager has been that I hardly ever let things fall through the cracks. That’s a pretty bold statement, but I feel like that’s literally what you’re getting paid to do anyways–herd cats, crack the whip, and never drop the ball. The key to not letting things fall through the cracks is TRACKING EVERYTHING and ALWAYS FOLLOWING UP.… Continue Reading

Best Calendar for Your Desktop

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Today, I’m revealing another one of my must-have tech tools. Blotter is the nicest-looking and possibly only full-sized calendar app that stays on your desktop. It costs $9.99 and is only available for the Mac. Blotter works simply by pulling in your iCal Calendar (I think Apple is now just calling this “Calendar”) and displaying it in front of your desktop wallpaper. Image from alternativeTo Blotter runs in the background… Continue Reading

Google Chrome Custom Search Engines: Use them!

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One productivity trick that saves me a ton of time is using Google Chrome Custom Search Engines. It may sound complicated and time-consuming to set up, but it literally takes a minute, and it will save you so much time in the long run. These custom search engines allow you to search almost any site straight from your browser URL bar, so you don’t need to open up the website… Continue Reading

A Simple and Lazy Investment Portfolio

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I’m not an expert investor by any means, but I know enough to be able to build an incredibly simple but effective investment portfolio. My approach to investing is keeping things extremely minimal. I generally follow the Bogleheads approach to investing, which was pioneered by the retired CEO of Vanguard, John Bogle. We have just three exchange-traded funds that make up our investment portfolio: 1) a domestic stock fund, 2) an international… Continue Reading

Book Review: Eat That Frog!

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Rating: 4/5 Eat That Frog! is a pretty short book I read last month, among the other 13 books I read in January. It focuses on the concept of “eating one’s frog,” or tackling the thing you don’t want to do but provides a great amount of value. Here are some key passages I highlighted1: “Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to… Continue Reading