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Weekend Reading: Money And Productivity

Weekend Reading: Money And Productivity

I made a few changes this week.

I’ve added categories to the bottom. Look down!

I’ve also added related posts after each article, again.

These are all attempts to help you navigate this blog better.

Feel free to share any suggestions in the comments. Here are the money and productivity articles I’ve found for you this week.

6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Productivity

6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Productivity

I’m a long-time fan of TED talks. In fact this post is kind of a “part 2.”

I wrote 6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Money in early 2015.

Ever since I published that, I’ve wanted to post about productivity TED talks. Here it is.

The whole idea of a TED talk is to change your thinking. I’ve watched countless hours of these talks, and the speaker is always attempting to either change your mind, or your mindset. That’s exactly what these speakers do. And that’s a good thing.

These six videos are extremely useful and helpful in changing the way we view productivity.

6 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Update Business Equipment

6 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Update Business Equipment

Naturally, you have ambitious goals for your business as the year unfolds. Depending on the industry you’re in—retail, restaurant, salon, auto repair, etc.—your business equipment may play an essential role in your productivity and profitability. In this case, is the equipment that runs your business up to the task?

When should you consider taking out business loans for inventory and when should you make do with what you’re using right now? In addition, once you’ve got the funding, should you buy brand new equipment or consider using thrift-savvy techniques like repairing equipment, buying used equipment or buying refurbished equipment?

The best way to answer these and other questions you might have about equipment is to get a big picture perspective of your situation. Once you can analyze your current equipment needs, you’ll know what to do to fulfill them.

With that in mind, let’s review 6 questions you can ask to stimulate new ideas and a better understanding of your current equipment inventory.

3 Quick Ways to Save Smaller Amounts That Add Up Over Time

3 Quick Ways to Save Smaller Amounts That Add Up Over Time

Many of us want to attack the idea of being frugal by saving large sums of money – but trying to save too big an amount too quickly can backfire. That’s because you may need to cut back in every aspect of your life, and this could affect your well-being.

Imagine living without an air conditioner in the extreme summer heat when you’re trying to reduce the electricity bill or not being able to eat at your favorite restaurant when you’re trying to save money on food. There’s disaster written all over it.

Don’t get me wrong, saving a big sum of money is good, but you’re more likely to avoid getting stuck in a rut if you make a series of small savings that add up over time. With the tips mentioned below, you’ll see a decent figure on your bank statement at the end of the year, without feeling like you have had to sacrifice your lifestyle to achieve this feat.

Weekend Reading: Money And Productivity

Weekend Reading: Money And Productivity

This post is brought to you by the Black Rifle Coffee Company. Not really.

But I am drinking a cup of BRCC’s “Just Black” right now. And it really is fueling this post.

I finally bought some with the hopes of writing a review in the near future, so stay tuned for that.

In other news, here are some awesome articles I’ve found for you this week. But before that, one more thing…

Why You Shouldn’t Make House Purchases Based on Emotions

Why You Shouldn’t Make House Purchases Based on Emotions

Buying a house can be an incredibly exciting experience, one that can send people running around all over the place trying to figure out just how exactly to find the residence of their dreams. However, just because a house is a big investment does not mean that it is impossible to understand just what you need in order to make the best choice possible for yourself and for others.

If you are going to put a large amount of money down on a property, then you might as well make absolutely sure that you are going to get the one that will serve your needs perfectly, not just in the current period of time, but for many more years far into the future.

In this post, we will discuss a very important question that you can ask yourself in order to determine whether you are making the best decision possible, or if you might be setting yourself up for financial failure down the line.

5 Thoughts That are Secretly Destroying Your Goal Progress

5 Thoughts That are Secretly Destroying Your Goal Progress

Our life isn’t as logical as we like to think.

You may plan your goals perfectly, but when the time comes for action, it doesn’t work out.

That happens to all of us, because our emotions affect our decisions. We don’t think about that when we set goals.

A 2014 study shows how our emotions affect our logical decisions. So how do you deal with that? You have to make these decisions and set your goals when you’re in a logical state, and then push through when you’re thinking emotionally. Easier said than done.

Don’t worry, I’ve summed up five of the most common emotional thoughts that will destroy your goal progress. Once you acknowledge that these thoughts exist, you can fight them off.

4 Ways I Don’t Make Money Blogging (And 3 Things I Promise to Never Do)

4 Ways I Don’t Make Money Blogging (And 3 Things I Promise to Never Do)

There are probably thousands of ways to make money blogging. And I don’t use most of them.

As a followup to my recent guide on how to make money blogging, I feel that it’s appropriate to tell you how I don’t make money blogging.

I know everyone says this, but I blog because I genuinely want to help people. I love to learn, write and teach, so this is a fitting place for me to be. However, because of that, I don’t make anywhere close to as much money as I could with this blog. And I’m fine with that.

In fact, I’m going to show you several ways I’ve cut my income for the sake of my readers.

Let me explain the ways I choose not to make money blogging, and why. I’ll also tell you 3 things I promise to never do as long as I own this blog.

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