As I continue to get feedback, I’m making a few more changes to my Friday roundups.

I browse though hundreds of articles every week to find the best of the best.

But I think 15-20 articles is a bit much for you to be expected to read each week.

So I’m cutting back. I’m going to start posting the best 5-10 articles I find each week.

They could range from many topics in the money and productivity realm, including some interesting news stories. And I’m just going to post all of them together, so you can quickly glance, see what interests you, and read on.

Plus, I’m going to say a little bit about each article, and I don’t really have the time to do that for 20 articles every week. I like to provide my “why” for reading and recommending the article.

New Tool

The owner of an awesome tool reached out to me this week. It’s called Tixture.

This is a free (for now) tool that lets you create social media images in all types of sizes. It’s great for bloggers, but it’s also fun for anyone who wants to make picture for Facebook, Instagram, etc.. I made a Facebook picture to try it out, and I really like it.

It works best for quote-type images, but you could use it for article images and much more.

Here’s an example of an image I made:

Tixture image

Now on to the articles…

What You May Have Missed…

Here are some of the best articles I’ve read this week…

  1. 100 Blocks a Day [Wait But Why] This is my favorite article of the week. I love the analogy of time to blocks. I love his use of drawings to explain his points. How are you going to spend your blocks?
  2. The Binge Breaker [The Atlantic] This article is in close competition with the previous one. It’s a little lengthy, but well worth every word. Tristan Harris is on a mission to break the iPhone addiction. This article dives into Tristan’s story, and then it goes into some fascinating information on habit formulation and business marketing.
  3. 3 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You [Mark Manson] There are plenty of life skills that we are never taught, like most of the basic important skills for success. These are three skills that will help you out in life, and honestly, they probably aren’t taught because nobody feels qualified to teach on them. Language warning.
  4. Little Changes Can Make a Huge Difference [Zen Habits] Little changes are so important. I actually just wrote about this a few weeks ago — see! This is a quick read.
  5. What’s Your Emancipation Proclamation? [Rich Habits] Something to think about. What is your statement of freedom? When will you know you’re truly free? Are you free now or working towards freedom?
  6. Is AAA Worth It? [The Simple Dollar] When I first read this title, I thought it said AA, which is kind of funny. After reading it, it answered a question I’ve had for a while now. If you’re considering AAA, read this. It can definitely provide piece of mind.
  7. How to Clear Old Debt From Your Credit Report [WiseBread] This is important to know, and I feel like this article really lays out the steps you need to actually get that junk off your credit report.
  8. How Your Coffee, Emails and Sex Might Be Failing You [Change Your Thoughts] The most interesting part of this for me was how the article claims that it’s virtually useless to consume coffee first thing in the morning. I’ll have to look into it, but the info is interesting either way.
  9. Woman Buys Lottery Ticket to Prove it’s a Waste of Money, Wins $1M [Consumerist] Obviously this doesn’t prove anything, and you know I’m not a supporter of the lottery, but it does make for a really great story.
  10. A Self-Driving Truck Just Completed Its First Delivery [CNN Money] This is just cool. I think it’s interesting that the first self-driving delivery truck was hauling beer, but I guess if it had to haul something it might as well be beer. This is a look into the future of logistics though.

What have you been reading this week?