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Contribute to Your Public Blogger — Passing the Tip Jar

Category : DHFW Site, muse, revenue

I often listen to NPR and other Public Radio stations. Do you? Doesn’t it annoy you when they have to interrupt their broadcasting to make an appeal to their audiences for donations and support?

Just like you, I find it annoying that those pledge drives interrupt the shows I like to listen to you, but at the same time, I understand why they do that. They have to somehow fund their activities, and since they don’t barrage you with advertisements, the pledge drive is the only way to make their financial ends meet. It’s actually good that they don’t rely heavily on advertisements as the non-public radio stations do, since that could also taint their independent perspective.

Like public radio stations, I write in this blog mostly for my amusement and for the information and pleasure of those who read it. While I do have many advertisements placed throughout the site, the truth is that they really don’t result in much, if any, revenue for me.

I posted a while back on the topic of blog revenue as a passive source of income, but until this blog reaches a significant traffic level, it’s pretty much all a pipe dream.

In that vein, I come to you, my faithful readers. Like NPR, I’d like to take this opportunity to pass the Tip Jar and ask for donations. I am working as hard as I can to turn this blog into a Muse and thus a Passive Income source. But until then, it’s hard for me to focus on the blog when there are other pressing financial concerns.

As such, I’d like to ask you to donate whatever you can to my cause. On the right side of the screen, you might notice a donation widget from a website called ChipIn that allows you to contribute to my Muse. If you can’t find it, I’ve also included it below:

 

 

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Anyways, without belaboring the point, I hope you can support me as I try to turn this blog into both a source of information and entertainment as well as revenue to continue to support those goals. Any amount can help as well as any feedback you might have about making this site, or my Muse attempts, any better.

 

Thank you so much and keep tuning into this station!

So, what did I actually eliminate?

Category : time management

I got a good comment yesterday from Jennifer @ LifeMuncher in response to yesterday’s post on more effective time management. Rather than reply as a comment (and leave it buried for everyone to find), I though it would make a good follow up post.

The question simply was: “What were some concrete examples of things that you’ve eliminated to get from 60+ hours to 20?”. The answer, in my case, pretty basic, but perhaps has to do with my specific work style, activities and business. But, here’s the details.

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How a spreadsheet and a kitchen timer eliminated 40 hours of my work week.

Category : life balance, time management

In a few past posts, I mentioned that my primary task towards achieving the goals of the Four Hour Work Week is to reduce my 60+ hour work week down to 20. As evidenced by my recent trip to Denmark and Sweden, I was able to successfully do so. Of course, the big question is “how”?

First, in order to reduce your total work week, you have to find out where the time is going. Using a combination of my Time Audit Spreadsheet and the Personal Task Manager (PTM) application, I realized that much of my time was going towards tasks that could easily be eliminated, trimmed, or outsourced. I resolved that I would at that point force myself to focus on my “day job” from 9AM to 1PM only, freeing up the rest of the time for my new muse and new-business tasks.

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Back from my hiatus!

Category : DHFW Site

Hi DHFW readers! Missed me? Haven’t heard from me in a while? Want to know why? I was on a 10 day vacation to Scandinavia! And, without any stress. Yes, I have managed to reduce my work week down to 50% of what it used to be. I’m going to reveal a bit more about the results of my time audit and how to utilize the PTM tool in my next post (as well as some gripes as to how it can be improved, or maybe how I need to be educated on how to use it better).

Yes… you CAN live a 4-hour work week. Or at least, not have to live a 40-hour work week. That said, I have not mastered many of the concepts of the book around Passive Income and Muses and outsourcing, but at the very least through more focused time management you can recover the inherent waste in your day and Eliminate it. Next step: Automate and Outsource better to reduce my time another 50%.

Stay tuned!

Time Management: Sometimes Things Change (A Guest Post from Brick)

Category : life balance, time management

Editors Note: This is a guest post from Brick Andrews of Life Sutra: The 4-Hour Workweek Journal. Brick Andrews is the founder of Life Sutra: The 4-Hour Workweek Journal. The Life Sutra questions old assumptions and socially reinforced illusions about how to live a fulfilling life while exploring new ways to live and work smarter.

Inspired by both the principles of time management and The 4-Hour Workweek, I had developed the Life Management Matrix. This matrix classifies the activities we perform into four categories which I will summarize here:

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