Expenses since catching the FIRE bug

Things have not been progressing as quickly as I would like in reducing expenses for November.  I will say that November was significantly better than October! That said, October did have some expenses that were out of the norm.

Please note we are a family of 2 adults and one crazy 5 year old that eats nothing, living in a low-cost, small Canadian city. Let’s have a look-see at expenses for November: Continue reading “Expenses since catching the FIRE bug”

Learning about Investing – Diary of a person who knows zero things

After listening to tons of podcasts and reading tons of blogs about FI/RE, investing is something I need to learn about. Things like, what is an index fund? What’s an ETF? What the f&*k is everyone talking about? Continue reading “Learning about Investing – Diary of a person who knows zero things”

2 Months of FIRE – Status Report

Hello 2 blog readers!

Sorry for the very long delay between blog posts. The holiday season has really taken over all of my free time…funny enough many of my free blocks of time are disappearing without things being crossed off the list. Not SURE what’s going on there. Anyhoo, I want to continue with FIRE status reports, since that is the reason I’m doing this blog…to keep myself in check! Continue reading “2 Months of FIRE – Status Report”

The Pomodoro Method for Time Management

If you read my last post, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I didn’t really talk about anything important like FIRE or budgeting or widening the gap between income and spending. I’m sorry I’m just too overwhelmed with work and Christmas shizit to really focus on anything worthwhile that this blog is supposed to be about.  Continue reading “The Pomodoro Method for Time Management”

Time Management, December MAYHEM!

I have a gigantic list of things to get done before Christmas. I’m not even sure if it’s possible. Also my 8-430 job has become, insane. I don’t even have time to think about blog posts! Consequently by the time the night rolls around I’ve used up all of my available brain power and I’m forced to zone out in front of a screen and fall asleep at 9. Obviously, I need to work on time managment.

I’m not sure at what point I can call myself a blogger, but I’m going to start now. In all seriousness, I can probably try a bit harder to fit in the bloggy-blogs. This past week I was forwarded an email from a friend about the Pomodoro method. This is a time management method I’ve used in the past to block time and become a more effective individual. I think it’s probably time to get back to it! The Pomodoro method: it has something to do with tomatoes.

a pic of a cherry tomato

 

To avoid sounding totally bonkers (my favorite word these days), let me explain that the Pomodoro method is a real thing.

There are six steps in the original technique:

      1. Decide on the task to be done.
      2. Set the Pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
      3. Work on the task.
      4. End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
      5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a 5 minute break, then go to step 2.
      6. After four Pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.

So, I’m going to be scheduling Pomodoro “blocks” of 30 minutes on my calendar from now until the end of the year to cover off all of my Christmas and work related tasks. Sounds easy, right??

I probably only need to schedule about 4 blocks a week to keep this blog thing going. That’s not SO HARD, is it!?

I’ll check back in soon to let you know how I did. Tell me all your awesome time management secrets in the comments!!