The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Making It All Work Edition

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Earlier this year, I did a very popular series on David Allen’s book Getting Things Done, one that’s still generating a fair amount of email.

Given that I personally found at least as much value in Allen’s follow-up, Making It All Work (which approaches GTD a bit more philosophically), I’m wondering if there would be interest in a similar chapter-by-chapter review of this latter book as well. Here’s my review of that book.

I really like the “book club” format for deep discussions about particularly strong books.

Five Surefire Ways to Strengthen Your Willpower Willpower often makes the difference between succeeding and failing at something challenging. The stronger your willpower is, the more likely you are to get what you want. (@ dumb little man)

How to Replace Six Vital Documents These are just good things to know, because countless things can happen to our key documents. (@ get rich slowly)

Moving On Seth is no longer going to publish books in the “traditional” fashion. I’m actually going to attempt this with my next book, publishing by myself primarily in an electronic format with a print version available, too. (@ seth’s blog)

Diving Into Our Emergency Fund – Again When I read stories like this, I’m reminded how easy a well-stocked emergency fund makes our life. If a person went through this kind of stuff without an emergency fund, it would have been a very rough patch, indeed. (@ blogging away debt)

Why personal-finance “experts” continue giving worthless advice This article hits on why tiny individual personal finance bloggers have a larger monthly audience than many huge “prestigious” personal finance publications. We focus on actual problems that people have, not “financial literacy.” (@ i will teach you to be rich)

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12 thoughts on “The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Making It All Work Edition

  1. I found the series incredibly helpful. I had already read the book, based on your recommendation, and hearing your take on the concepts gave me a different perspective.

    I would like to hear more about how you make it all work as a dad working from home. I’m sure you have to struggle with wearing different hats at times as we all do. Do you close the door to your office when you work on your website or do you have to leave the house?

    I’m working my way through Jarvis’ “What Would Google Do?”, and he just talked about an author who has been using social media with great success to promote his books. I’m interested in Seth Godin’s take because I don’t think books are necessarily dead, they’re going to operate differently in our world.

  2. I too would enjoy a breakdown of Making It All Work. In mnay ways this book was more accessible for me than Getting Things Done.

  3. Absolutely would be interested in a chapter by chapter review of “making it all work.” Your GTD posts were some of the most useful I have read on the web.

  4. I would be very interested in a deeper analysis of Making It All Work. I hope you decide to pursue this.

  5. I’ve had a lifelong struggle with money management, but thanks to The Simple Dollar, I began making some big changes a few years ago after I retired. Better late than never, huh? Anyway, the changes simply weren’t enough. Something always derailed my shaky finances, and upset my plans. I needed a better system for managing my money. About 4-5 months ago, I was searching for a budgeting program when I happened upon something called YNAB (You Need a Budget). There was something very unique about their approach from anything else I’d seen, and it just clicked with me. But, $59.95 was big chunk of money, and I held off, afraid it was going to be just another disappointment. Since then, I’ve gotten by okay, but still having trouble feeling as if I would ever be able to save toward my goals. Finally, in July, I went back to look into it again. Their 7 day trial was hardly sufficient, but I wanted to see how it was set up and learn more about how it might work for me. After 5 days, I bought it. I am so pleased. Nothing else I’ve tried (including Quicken, Pear Budget, bookkeeping classes, etc.) had worked. I thought it was hopeless. But, YNAB has. I cannot tell you the sense of relief this has given me. Reading this, I have to laugh…I sound like I own stock in the company. I assure you I have no relationship other than a desperate need to fix my finances before I die so I don’t leave a financial nighmare to my children. It just all makes sense to me. The point is, I really believe that there’s a serious problem for some people, like me, that prevents them from really understanding the nuts and bolts of budgeting, saving, etc., not the lack of desire. After a few months using YNAB, I can already see an enormous difference in my finances. I hope you’ll review the program a little and offer your thoughts. I can imagine you’ll think that the buffer is just an emergency fund with a different name, or that it’s just another way of saying what you, and the other experts have been telling us all along. But, for me, the subtle differences were what put it all together in my brain…that Ah hah moment had arrived. Now, it’s simple to stick to the budget…there’s no willpower involved (for me, anyway). I’ve been waiting for this for so long. I hope that it might help others, too.

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