The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Overfocus Edition

The biggest difficulty Sarah and I have with our relationship is our respective abilities to overfocus on the task at hand.

If one of us knows that we really need to get something done, we can both slip into this zone-like state where almost nothing will interrupt us. This often happens in the evening when the children are in bed, for example.

The only problem is when one of us tries to get the attention of the other, we’re sometimes ignored or the situation results in someone being irritated because their concentration is broken.

That’s why we often schedule “date nights” where we do things together and “alone nights” where we focus on individual projects. It just works for us.

How To Setup A Custodial Account For A Minor To Help Them Save Or Invest This is a really good alternative for people who want to invest for a young child, but don’t want the commitment to educational savings that a 529 implies. (@ bible money matters)

Saying Goodbye to a Sixteen Year Old Car My wife got rid of her Toyota Celica several years back when it was near the sixteen year mark (it was a 1986 and she got rid of it in 2002). It’s hard to get rid of something when it’s served you well. (@ )

How to Focus When You’re Juggling Lots of Tasks For me, it always comes down to eliminating distractions. I shut down Skype, turn off my cell phone, block distracting websites, and bear down on my work. (@ dumb little man)

Avoiding false metrics Stop using a number that doesn’t really matter to judge whether or not you’re succeeding or failing. What is really your goal? (@ seth godin)

10 Clues You Are Trying To Keep Up With The Joneses A lot of people are wise enough to avoid the more obvious methods of keeping up with the neighbors. It’s the more subtle ones that are really the tricky ones to avoid and root out. (@ saving advice)

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  1. getagrip says:

    I enjoyed Seth’s article. Metrics can be adjusted and people would rather cheat themselves than admit it might be too much. It’s too funny, since the only ones typically impressed by such cheating generally is the guy doing it.

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