Links to several of my favorite recent articles on money and life:
The Triad of Hustling by J. Money at Budgets are Sexy
One of your goals this year might be to make better use of your time. We are all busy, and many of us have lots of side projects that occupy our time. How do you decide which ones you should keep and which ones you should let go so you have time for more important things? In this great article J. Money provides some useful guidelines. As evidence that he is willing to take his own advice, within a few weeks of writing this article J. sold one of his projects, Rockstar Finance. While I am sorry to see him give up Rockstar I completely support his quest to obtain some balance in his life, especially his goal of becoming a better husband and father. There is absolutely nothing more important than that!
Want To Achieve a Goal? Follow This Blueprint by Brent Esplin at Micawber Principle
There is no shortage of advice about how to set and achieve goals, especially at this time of year. The problem is separating the techniques that actually work from all the useless advice being bandied about. Enter Richard Wiseman, a British psychology professor. Wiseman studied 5,000 people who were trying to achieve a goal and identified the five techniques the successful ones used most frequently. You definitely want to read this article before diving headfirst into your New Year’s resolutions.
A Story of a Big Dream and a Single, Small Step by Carl Richards for The New York Times
It’s easy to dream big, but a lot harder to take concrete actions to make our dreams come true. This article reminds us that dreams only come true one small step at a time.
Applying Scott Adam’s Success Formula to Personal Finance by Zach at Four Pillar Freedom
Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert comics, found success, following numerous failures, by combining two skills at which he was pretty good, but not great, in a unique way. What skills do you possess that you can combine in a new way to set you apart from others in the New Year?
How to Set Smart Goals: What Science Says about Getting What You Want by J.D. Roth at Get Rich Slowly
This article is kind of long but contains a lot of great information about goal setting. Definitely worth the read.
Happy and Crappy by J. Savvy at The Financially Savvy
Here is a simple and fun game you can play at the end of each day that will improve your relationships with your family and your money. This is a great idea, and simple to implement.