Increase Your Productivity: A Simple Process for Planning the Week

Increase Your Productivity: A Simple Process for Planning the Week

Recent posts have shared how to increase your productivity by prioritizing the big rocks, defining your values and goals, and prioritizing and planning based on your key roles. We also shared a simple tool to improve your work/life balance. This post will share a simple process for planning the week to ensure you increase your productivity on the important goals in each of the key roles in your life. A Simple Process for Planning the Week Here is the simple process I’ve been using to plan my week for at least the past ten years. Begin with a review of…
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A Simple Tool to Improve Your Work/Life Balance

A Simple Tool to Improve Your Work/Life Balance

Our last post shared how to prioritize and plan based on your key roles. Focusing on all your roles – as a parent, partner, relative, friend, employee, volunteer, etc. – is one way to help you improve your work/life balance. Despite some recent articles and memes about “quiet quitting,” improving your work/life balance is NOT the same thing as quiet quitting. We’ll describe the idea of “quiet quitting” that has recently become mainstream and share a simple tool you can use to prioritize your life and also improve your work/life balance. The Quiet Quitting Meme “Quiet Quitting” refers to doing…
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On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

We have recently studied works of Stoic philosophy that we believe can be inspiring to our followers. We have shared 5 Ways Stoic Philosophy Improves your Mood and Attitude, and some simple Meditations from Marcus Aurelius. This week we highlight Stoic teachings from a letter by the Roman Seneca titled, On the Shortness of Life. Seneca the Younger Photo Credit: wikipedia.com Lucius Seneca (often referred to as Seneca the Younger) was raised in Rome 2,000 years ago. His father (Seneca the Elder) was a Senator and had Seneca the Younger trained in philosophy. Seneca became a powerful man when the…
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Perfection of Character: Live Without Frenzy

Perfection of Character: Live Without Frenzy

Check out our Personal Kaizen Motivational Monday quote! Please enjoy this quote from Marcus Aurelius about the perfection of character. Aurelius was a philosopher and emperor of Rome (A.D. 161–180). He was also the last of the rulers later referred to as the Five Good Emperors. "Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense."marcus aurelius Our Personal Kaizen topic this week will be on the Lean East site. We will share the main quotes that were particularly inspiring and align with some of the Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life from the book Meditations…
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Five Easy Low-Cost Investment Strategies for FIRE

Five Easy Low-Cost Investment Strategies for FIRE

We recently suggested strategies for Putting Lazy Money to Work for You, a topic related to Rule 7 of the Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life. We shared that “cash is trash” and showed how inflation destroys the spending power of your money. The best strategy is to make your money work for you by investing it. Here are 5 low-cost investment strategies that will help you retire comfortably or even achieve FIRE – financial independence to retire early! Note that I am not a financial advisor – these are all just personal opinions. Also, note that I am not…
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Travel for Free With These Simple Tips

Travel for Free With These Simple Tips

The Personal Kaizen posts over the past several weeks have been focused on smart money habits related to Rule 7 of the Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life. We began by encouraging you to Stop Wasting Your Money with These 8 Simple Tips and gave advice on How to Improve Your Credit Score and Save Thousands and last week ways to Use Credit Card Bonus Points and Cashback. This post will provide step-by-step instructions that will allow you to travel the world for free. Want to Travel for Free? I booked hotel rooms and bought plane tickets for a vacation…
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Take Advantage of the Secret Benefits of Credit Cards

Take Advantage of the Secret Benefits of Credit Cards

We recently suggested ways to Stop Wasting Your Money with These 8 Simple Tips, a topic related to Rule 7 of the Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life. Our last post was How to Improve Your Credit Score and Save Thousands and included advice for building your credit history using credit cards. This post will teach you how to take advantage of the secret benefits of credit cards. Credit Cards are NOT Evil! Image Source: Examiner-Enterprise Dave Ramsey is one of several well-known personal finance personalities who discourage the use of credit cards. Ramsey writes, “A life without credit cards…
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How to Improve Your Credit Score and Save Thousands

How to Improve Your Credit Score and Save Thousands

We previously posted tips on Debt Reduction: Pay Less Interest and More on What You Love and referenced another way to pay less interest – reducing the interest rate lenders require on your debt. This post explains how your credit score is one of the key measures of your financial health and provides tips to improve your credit score and save thousands of dollars. What is a Credit Score? Credit scores provide lenders with a way to determine how risky it is to loan money to you. A lower score means higher risk, and means they must charge more interest…
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Putting Lazy Money to Work for You

Putting Lazy Money to Work for You

We recently suggested ways to Stop Wasting Your Money with These 8 Simple Tips, a topic related to Rule 7 of the Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life. Our final rule shared how inflation destroys the spending power of your money. Money saved in a bank account (or as cash) is losing value every day. Here are reasons for putting lazy money to work for you with some suggested actions you can take today! A Lazy Money Case Study We’ll begin with the story of two young professionals, both with new jobs in January 2017. Bill and Jill both negotiate…
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Ways to Stop Wasting Money on Insurance and Warranties

Ways to Stop Wasting Money on Insurance and Warranties

We recently suggested ways to Stop Wasting Your Money with These 8 Simple Tips, a topic related to Rule 7 of the Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life. Our third tip was to only purchase insurance and extended warranties when there is a legitimate risk of a loss that you cannot pay for otherwise. Here are more details on ways to stop wasting money on insurance and warranties. Wasting Money on Insurance The purpose of insurance is to protect consumers from losses they cannot pay for otherwise. Liability insurance protects you from large expenses (life, property, healthcare, and lawsuits) that…
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