Happy Tuesday! I have a couple things to chat with you guys about, so it seems like a perfect time for a TWOsday post!
One of my favorite non-fiction authors Laura Vanderkam is doing a 7 day time log challenge. In her book 168 Hours, she outlined how we all have the same hours in the day and can use them wisely or waste them, but we need to track them to see where they’ve all gone first. I’m also reading her new book I Know How She Does It,* where she took the time logs of mothers who make 100k+ a year, so analyze “how she does it all.”
Sunday night reading – #iknowhowshedoesit I'm so glad I've left the rat race of law firms and went in house. It's crazy to me that my 5 year plan came to fruition right on time. It's also crazy to me how much more work I can get done in 8 hours when I have monitored Internet access and can't procrastinate on Pinterest or news sites during business hours haha.
168 Hours had a real, traceable impact on my private practice and I’d recommend it to anyone trying to get a hold on their workload/work-life balance. Since it’s been so long since I’ve tracked mine, I’m participating. You should too! It technically started yesterday, but there’s no reason that you can’t jump in today. Seriously!
I bought a new MacBook! It’s GORGEOUS! It’s the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I didn’t think I needed the retina display and went to the store with the intention of buying the standard MacBook Pro. Since I was investing over $1,000 I wanted to make sure that I was getting exactly what I wanted so J and I played around with the iPhoto on both and then I asked the sales person if he could explain the difference.
As he opened iBooks to show the curvature of the letters, I saw that the MacBook Pro Retina opened iBooks, opened the book and was zoomed into where he wanted to demonstrate the display… while the regular MacBook was still opening iBooks. I don’t know about you, but that’s worth an extra $200 to me.
As you all know, I’ve been working to pay off my credit cards. I want to explain why I charged the MacBook. First, buying a new MacBook was a reward point in my debt repayment journey. Second, I do a lot on my personal computer on my personal time. I blog, write articles and do some side hustles with a bar prep company. It’s bar exam season again and the longer my laptop takes to load, the more frustrated I get, and the less money I make per hour.
I’d had my last MacBook since law school in 2008. In 2013 I added 2 gbs of ram which gave it a couple more years of life for sure. But it was painfully slow. Like, took four minutes to open up Word. It was time. I also did the math on what I’d have to do this bar exam season to pay the whole thing off in the next six weeks and it’s actually really manageable. So my goal is to earn enough this winter to pay this baby off in full, and use summer’s cash to (ahem, save for taxes) continue debt payoff. I think I’ll write a more detailed post about my payoff plan later!
Let me know if you’re joining the 7 day time log challenge! I’d love to chat more about it!
* Yes I’ve been reading this book for 26 weeks. I downloaded it on my iPad and then got “too busy” to read even though I wasn’t “too busy” to surf the internet at nights. Hence, my New Year’s goal to read more books and my determination to find the time wasters in my schedule now!