@RiffRandell I am taking to the woods and the wild...
@Heather F G Welcome back!
@RiffRandell Good luck at the show!
@Caitlin with a C going to book fest, too! Maybe I'll see you there. And welcome back!!!
Long Weekend, thank the sweet lords. Already been a pricey morning at the doctor's office, and I'm going on vacation next week, so I'm going to try to keep it low-key this weekend. Small grocery run: $20 Birthday gift: $50 Waxing: $40 + tip Movie with pal: $14 Food out at least once: $20 Book fest, though I'm going to just try to not buy too much: $30 Total: $145. We'll see.
@andnowlights you guys are pay-off mavens.
@TheDoctorsCompanion Figure out what you'd need for three months of living expenses. Rent + utilities + groceries + car (or other transportation costs) + a little wiggle room = what you save in your emergency fund. Throw the rest at the loans. That way, you're lowering the principle, so you'll pay less interest. Even if it's "just" $3000 extra that you throw at those loans, it'll really help.
@ThatJenn Great work! And you remind me that I need to figure out how to check my ROTH IRA.
Student loans hovering right around $32,300. Made a $500 payment this week, and will make another week after next.
What does it mean about me that I couldn't finish a book about getting things done? (apologies if this "joke" has been made up-thread). I love making lists, so Allen's GTD approach speaks to me. However, like so many people, it's the actual getting it done that tends to trip me up. Part of it is that I am easily distracted, and another big chunk is that my perfectionist tendencies really slow me down. I will re-write an email until it's "perfect," hesitate to submit a powerpoint presentation because there's always something I have to tweak, etc. In short, sometimes I get in my own way. I love his idea that once something is on a list, it's a load off; however, I just don't find that to be true in my life. Additionally, I wanted actual diagrams. What do all these buckets/lists look like? There's lots of business-speak, but how about some visuals of the most practical, salient points? The workflow diagram was great, but I wanted more (maybe there is and I missed it because I couldn't finish the book??). ALSO - I am not at the point in my personal or professional life where I can just defer or delegate a lot of tasks.