Two on Tuesday – Work-Life Balance

Debt Repayment, Reading

Happy Tuesday! I have a couple things to chat with you guys about, so it seems like a perfect time for a TWOsday post!

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Check out Stephanie’s blog for her Two on Tuesday series!

One

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.”


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!

Two

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.

A New MacBook Pro - Debt Payoff Reward

Doug and Earl gave their stamp of approval after a thorough inspection.

When I left, he let me know that if the computer goes on sale in the next two weeks, they will price match it. I said “OK thanks!” with zero expectation that it would go on sale. On Saturday morning (7 days later) I figured I should check just to be sure, and OMG it did!! Not only did it go “on sale,” it went $140 on sale! That’s a huge difference! I couldn’t get to the store in time, so J was sweet enough to make my receipt and credit card and get me the difference credited on my card! I’m so stoked!

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!

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    Sola
    January 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Omg congrats on the new MacBook and 168 hour challenge! I’ve been pushing myself to journal more and utilize my time more wisely so I’m totally going to look into this.

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      Brittany
      January 13, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks! It’s so exciting :). I hope you join the challenge! Let me know what you think :).

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    Paragon2Pieces
    January 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Can we hear more about the side hustle with the bar prep company? (Or may we can chat about it over email?) This month I decided to take down my AirBNB listing and am looking for a new side hustle. Gonna check out 168 hours!
    Paragon2Pieces recently posted…New Year Goals

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      Brittany
      January 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      I will send you an email :). I’d love to hear about your Air BnB experience too!

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    katie
    January 13, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Congrats on your new MacBook! Don’t you just love a fresh start?

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal
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      Brittany
      January 13, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      I do!! That’s totally how it feels!

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    Farrah
    January 13, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I have zero work-life balance right now, and it’s making me kinda sad, but at least it’s only temporary! Your cats are adorable! :] (My cat likes to scan every package I receive before approving em’ too!)

    I’m hoping my laptop will last me until at least after I graduate! *-*
    Farrah recently posted…2016 Goals #BehindTheBlogger

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      Brittany
      January 13, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      It’s sort of easier to not have balance when you know there’s an end date! Hopefully after you’re done with school, you’ll be able to create some healthy boundaries :). Good luck with your laptop!

      Thanks :) I love them so much! They have such distinct personalities. It’s crazy.

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