Here’s Why Being Frugal Gets Easier Over Time – The Simple Dollar

Others Will Get Used to Your Frugality

I know it shouldn’t matter what other people think, but most spending problems come as a result of trying to keep up with the Joneses. So, when you decide to stop participating in the rat race, people will have varying reactions to it — and sometimes those reactions can be negative and disappointing.

via Here’s Why Being Frugal Gets Easier Over Time – The Simple Dollar.


Remote work: an engineering leader’s perspective

There are pros and cons to every situation, and hiring remote workers is no different.

Dive into a great article below to learn more from a high level viewpoint.

“Team productivity is difficult to estimate for knowledge workers, especially in an agile environment where objectives are loosely defined both in quantity and in quality.

However, it is possible to:
Use proxy metrics to compare test teams (within the area of impact) to the rest of the product team;
Use proxy metrics to compare productivity in the overall team before and during the experiment;
Complete a qualitative assessment survey at the end of the experiment.
All three come with caveats and are very noisy measurements. Fortunately, because we’re number freaks, we’d been tracking several metrics all along.”

Stop Apologizing for Wanting Work/Life Balance

“I won’t kid you. This stuff was scary. I had to train myself to get away, to actively practice this work-life balance thing. And I had to believe it would all work out.”


Kick Your Procrastination Problem This Weekend

No human on earth escapes the plague of procrastination. We’re all wired to put things off but we also have the capacity to override that tendency. This weekend, pick one of the many ways to purge yourself of procrastination and start getting things done.

via Kick Your Procrastination Problem This Weekend.


Take back your time

Anyone can reach you any time in a seemingly endless number of ways. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Until you see pictures of teens and adults alike ignoring people in the same room because everyone is staring at their handheld devices.


The Amazing Waist-Slimming, Wallet-Fattening Nutrient | Mr. Money Mustache

The MMM blog has amazing personal finance advice, but this article helps out on the Nutrition front as well.

Get to it and learn some new recipes.

The Amazing Waist-Slimming, Wallet-Fattening Nutrient | Mr. Money Mustache.


To Be Authentic, Look Beyond Yourself – Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins – Harvard Business Review

Authenticity — what is it, who has it, and how do you get it? Most people associate authenticity with being true to oneself — or “walking the talk.” But there’s a problem with that association; it focuses on how you feel about yourself. Authenticity is actually a relational behavior, not a self-centered one. Meaning that to be truly authentic, you must not only be comfortable with yourself, but must also comfortably connect with others.

via To Be Authentic, Look Beyond Yourself – Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins – Harvard Business Review.


Lifetime Earnings: The First Decade is EVERYTHING

When is the best time to get a raise, to really push ahead? Check out this article and read some enlightening facts.

“The median individual by lifetime earnings experiences an earnings growth of 38% from ages 25 to 55, whereas for individuals in the 95th percentile, this figure is 230%; for those in the 99th percentile,this figure is almost 1500%.”


Preventing Rejection at Work – Judith E. Glaser – Harvard Business Review

We’ve all had it happen to us, or done it to someone else.  Rejecting others isn’t a healthy way to work.  Here’s a great article on HBR’s site to help prevent rejection.

Preventing Rejection at Work – Judith E. Glaser – Harvard Business Review.


The one where I answer my own 10 Questions – 1500 Days

“When I quit my 9-5, I’m certainly not going to stop working. Spending all day watching TV or some other mindless activity would be torture. However, I’ll be working on the things that I love:

I’ll still write software (see the next question)
I’ll continue to write on this blog or another
I’ll make things out of wood in my garage
I’ll teach myself to weld so I can create metal dragonflies to adorn my home with.”