Besides spending less, earning more money is the best way to increase your savings and investments. This is obviously easier said than done, however. We all have some sort of income stream that is hopefully growing over time, but the rate of increase often feels out of our hands. If you're working in a traditional job with an hourly or salary position, you might get an annual raise of around 5%. Maybe even as large as 10% if you're really busting your ass and making yourself an invaluable asset to the company. But when was the last time you had a say in the discussion? Or better yet, a say in the percentage increase?Read More
Aah retirement; what a nebulous concept. You work from the age of 16 all the way up to 60 until you magically receive permission to retire and live the rest of your life on the beach in the south of France. Wait a second, what about those 44 years right in the middle of your life? Are those years designed to just be wasted away at your day job? For most people, the answer to that question is sadly, "Yes." But not us! We're a different breed at The Minimal Minute. We're savvy with our lifestyle and make decisions to live effectively and efficiently.Read More
Let me explain.
I recently moved into a new apartment and signed up for the fastest internet they offer. For $80 per month, I was getting gigabit speeds. If you're not sure what that means, gigabit internet allows you to download a 2GB movie in less than a minute or a 15GB video game in just a couple minutes. It's insane. We live in a pretty cool time in history, really.Read More
Showers are that neccesary evil that you have to encounter every day. Or every other day, depending on your (or your partner’s) preference. We wake up in the morning, try to clear that morning fog, then step into the shower. If you’re like most people, you’ll get the shower going and your mind will immediately embark on a journey far beyond the walls of your shower, let alone house. You think of the laundry. You think of the deadlines coming up. Then this brilliant app idea you’ve been meaning to get to. Or the lyrics to a song you’re writing. Or a blog post about thinking in the shower. Before you know it, your body is covered in suds when you finally come to. How long has it been? Five minutes? Twenty? Shower time is anamorphous and unpredictable. Depending on the busyness of your mind, this amount may vary daily. Weekends may be the worst offenders since you have a much lighter schedule, thus leading to an even greater expanse of time.
You may be thinking that you enjoy standing in the shower, letting your mind free. It may be the only time you allow yourself to do such a thing. Another day, I’ll get into the importance of meditation, but for now we can look at some numbers to see if they sway your wandering mind.Read More