Time to go back to Excel.
Last week, I started trialing Timesheet.io
, an app that tracks the amount of time you spend on a given task. The app was useful, but it’s designed around billable projects, rather than tracking your personal productivity, which is what I used it for. Another issue I had was that I found it more intuitive to use on my phone than on desktop, especially when it came to adding and tracking new tasks. This resulted in me often starting the timer and then completely forgetting about it. As you can probably guess, I will no longer be using the app. In the meantime, I suppose I can always go back to Excel
. Feel free to download a copy of my Excel timesheet
I also began using yarr
, an open-source, self-hosted, RSS feed aggregator as an attempt to tidy up my inbox. My inbox has become my substitute for social media platforms and I spend an exorbitant amount of time reading every email I receive. I don’t want to clutter my inbox and I don’t want to delete unread emails because I may delete something interesting. It’s the perfect recipe for procrastination. I’m hoping that yarr will remove the immediate temptation while also enabling me to catch up on my favorite reads once I have more time.
Personal finance culture.
I’ve always had a strong interest in personal finance but this is the first year that I’ve explored this field through podcasts. I’ve been fascinated by the differences in tone and topics between podcasts made by women (like herMoney, The Fairer Cents
, and Smart Money Mamas
) versus men (like The Acquirers Podcast
, Top Traders Unplugged
, and Focused Compounding
). There’s also a qualitative difference in podcasts that focus on retirement, such as Retirement Starts Today
and Retirement Answer Man Show
. Female hosts discuss topics such as confidence, careers, and family while male hosts discuss the technical aspects of trading and often critique what others are doing. I don’t think I’ve listened to a single episode about confidence and family planning when the podcast is hosted by men. Another distinctive difference is that it’s not unusual to listen to the men cuss and defend their awesome trading decisions. Listen to the first 15-20 minutes or so of this podcast
and you’ll understand what I mean. I have yet to ever listen to an episode like that on a female-led show. The retirement podcasts are a happy medium. Emotions are sometimes discussed as well (example
), but oftentimes it’s more about uncertainty than confidence. Interesting stuff.