I Don’t Have Enough Time Syndrome

Do you know what I find interesting? Everyone in the world is given the exact same allocation of one single resource: Time. No matter who you are, where you live, or what you do, everyone has exactly 24 hours each and every day to fill with some combination of tasks and leisure.

daliI’m sure you’ve run into this person: The person who says “I don’t have time for that” or “I’m way too busy to spend my time doing that.” Heck, you may have been that person once, or are currently in a situation where that is exactly how you feel. What is worse, is that people, often over and over, allow themselves to subsist in a chronic margin-less lifestyle driven by the choices that continue to be made on a daily basis .

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The $10 a Month iPhone Plan

Why are you paying so much for your Iphone service?

How much do you pay a year for your Iphone service? $1,000? $2,000? What are you getting for that service? The average Iphone user pays about $2,240 ($199/Phone + $85/Month) every two years for their phone plus a service contract. What would you do if someone gave you $2,000? Would you enjoy having that money? I think most people would agree that you could have a lot of fun with that kind of money.

iphoneWhat you need to get started:

AT&T iPhone ($99 to $299 Off Contract at CowBoom, Ebay, or Craigslist)
Sim Card ($1 to $15)

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The Cable-less TV Setup

I enjoy occasionally watching quality content and sports on television but I’ve been without traditional cable for many years. I also happen to enjoy technology and I have owned and tested almost every type of set top device that exist (Apple TV, Roku, FireTV). I’m constantly perfecting and tweaking my setup so feel free to come back as I still update this post regularly. It is possible get almost all content in full HD, including live TV and sports for free or much less than you are currently paying for cable!

Also, check out the updated 2014 version of the post!

The first two Questions you need to ask yourself are:

  • What content is most important to me?
  • How much do I want to spend on content?
  • (And Maybe) Do I even have enough time to watch all the free content out there?

To get access to the best content you need:

  • Digital Television w/ Tuner
  • High Speed Internet Connection (5Mbs+ Recommended)

Streaming Box of Some Kind (see bottom for detailed list and more info):
My updated suggestions only include three steaming boxes. Why? Because they are the best. They have everything we need. I always suggest buying used if possible and amazon “more buying choices”  because buying used ‘like new’ can often save you a few bucks!

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Five Books That Have Changed My Life

I love to read. I read a fair amount of fiction but I mostly read non-fiction. I enjoy reading that makes me think and challenges me to take action or meaningfully examine my life. In no particular order, five books that have changed my life:

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Book #1: The Power of Less – Leo Babauta

What it is about:
The book focuses on the idea that we have more stuff in our life than we have time. To be effective in our lives we need to step back, determine what is truly important to us, and get rid of the rest. If we do not, we will find ourselves overwhelmed with junk (both physical and commitments) that doesn’t leave time for the truly important things.
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Power of a Meal Plan

If ten minutes doing a task every week could give you: hours of free time, make you much healthier, save you money, reduce waste and considerably drop your stress, would I have your interest?

healthy mealPlanning your meals to some sounds like an incredibly meaningless or boring task. But in truth, it is often one of the most inefficient areas of most peoples’ lives. It is surprising how much we think, stress, and in general, under-prepare in this area of our lives. I wish I could measure the collective inefficiencies of the number of people who drive to the store to grab a few ingredients they forgot for a recipe, or how many times people in a house can’t agree on what’s for dinner and end up driving through McD’s to appease the fam (and the surprising mental anguish that comes with trying to get several people to agree on one restaurant!).
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Changing Habits: Using Passive Barriers

habit changeWhy is it that we have things in our lives that we truly desire to change but yet we keep putting them off or not doing them at all?  It’s like the old joke: “How do you make new year’s resolutions? Simply take last year’s and change the date”. There are many things that cause us to keep from reaching our goals and we’ll begin by defining anything that keeps us from achieving our goal as a barrier. Today we’ll take a look at some sneaky “passive barriers” that we rarely consider, and find ways we can use them to our advantage. Continue reading Changing Habits: Using Passive Barriers

Welcome to the Simple Economist

Welcome to the Simple Economist. You have landed at the all inclusive idea of making your life better by becoming more efficient in all areas of your life. I challenge you to spend a little of your hard earned time examine your life and determine if you are really getting everything you want out of it.

My favorites topics include:

  • Personal Finance
  • Lifestyle Design
  • Nutrition & Exercise
  • Travel
  • Efficiency

My goal is to give a platform for people who want to spend money better, have more time, be healthy and experience awesome things.

I will post whenever I have time. I’ve written about 100 article, and will post them. If you have any specific topic request let me know.