The Value of Rest

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Rest is important. “Thanks for the new information, Zach.” As you can see, it has been some time since I posted. Basically, school started, softball season got busy, and life happened. My wife and I are expecting again in April, and so it should just get busier.

What I’ve noticed lately is the quality of my day is often associated with the sleep I get. I usually sacrifice that time on Facebook, streaming some show, or any number of other time fillers.

The thing is, those time fillers are robbing me.

They are robbing from my rest, peace, and therefore my long-term productivity. So, quite simply: fight for your sleep. See if you can get enough sleep that you wake up before your alarm goes off. Just. Try. It.

It’s Friday (Thanks for ruining that, Rebecca Black)

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Friday in America is very synonymous with payday. We finally get what we’ve earned over the past week, two weeks, or a month if you are a teacher (why do we have to do it monthly?). Majority of America will take that check, run out and pay bills and blow the rest, leaving little for savings or a rainy day fund.

We seek the immediate gratification over the peace of financial responsibility and stability

“Man, making a budget is fun!”-said nobody. Ever. However, you will find out a┬álot about your spending habits, your values, and how much you are actually blowing on that run to Starbucks 3 times a week. It adds up! It’s really simple. Just add all of your income and write it down in a column, labeling each item. Then make a column of Expenses. List all of these for a month and be as specific in your categories as you can (you can simplify this more later). You will be on your way to tracking where your money went. To adapt what Dave Ramsey says, you will go from wondering where your money went to happening to your money. Successful people happen to life (dictate, attack, are active) instead of reacting to what happens.the-stack-282926-m