Bits & Pieces and 30-Day Challenge Update

No big topics for today, but just a few bits & pieces that I’d like to share:

  • I tried out Strategy #3, Trick #1 from my Illusion of Work post yesterday.  Worked like a charm.  I put my coat into my bag, carried my bag by the handles (rather than draping the strap over my shoulder), and walked out at 4:00 with few (or perhaps no one) noticing.  I completed my tasks for the day and definitely wouldn’t have done much between 4:00 and 5:00 – why should anyone care?
  • Freelance Folder lists 12 reasons you shouldn’t freelance/”work from home.”  While I agree you shouldn’t go into your own business specifically for all these reasons, you can achieve many of these (making more money, having more free time, etc.) as a result, and they are motivating factors.  I’m thinking Tim Ferriss would mostly disagree with this article.
  • Tomorrow I’m going to take my first crack at a real “muse”/business brainstorming session.  I probably won’t come back and post specific ideas that I think of, but I’ll give a general overview of how it went and what I think my next steps are.  At some point, I will follow along with The 4-Hour Workweek, starting with Chapter 1.

Here’s a look at the current status of the challenge as of yesterday:

30-Day Challenge Update – Day 3 (1/28):

Groceries:                           $ 3.40
Dinner:                                 10.20
Day 3 Total                        $13.60

30-Day Challenge Expense Total: $37.35

“Allowed” Expenses Remaining $462.65

Overall, I feel like I’m doing okay.  My $500 limit leaves me an average spending allowance of $16.67 per day, and I’ve only averaged $12.45/day so far.  With the weekend coming up, I think I’m up against the most difficult part of the challenge.  To paraphrase my girlfriend, “I’m going to blow your challenge to pieces.” Yikes.

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