Weekend Toast 5/24

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The Weekend Toast series is a collection of recently published articles by other bloggers that I put together to share. Consider this your one-stop-shop for remaining up-to-date on being a badass.

So, grab your drink of choice, put your feet up and get ready to read!

This week: workplace ergonomics; a year-long mistake; save money on bills; alternatives to craigslist; Warren Buffet’s reading list; Bill Gate’s summer reading list; must-watch TV mini-series; Father’s Day gift guide; lockdown obsessions.

Cheers! (and stay safe everyone)

Career

Burnout and mental health are common topics nowadays, not just in medicine and healthcare. While for everyone, the most common reasons are the same (e.g. having to increase productivity with fewer resources), Xrayvsn advocates for another cause, something you can physically do something about: workplace ergonomics. If you aren’t physically comfortable at work, it makes it harder to navigate your day, increasing your feelings of burnout and stress. Check out his post and see what you think! Combating Burnout Through Workplace Ergonomics

I’m always talking about how people should take their vacations, take time off between jobs, and while I believe that taking time is super helpful, there are some downsides to be aware of. Reverse the Crush took an entire year off and, reflecting upon it, has some regrets about how he went about it. Check it out. Maybe if you’re planning to take a break from the work world, you’ll learn from his mistakes. Why Taking A Year Off Work Was A Mistake

Finance

Now is a great time to take the opportunity to see if you can save yourself some money. Those monthly bills? See if you can re-negotiate the price! Especially now, many companies are offering discounts and rate reductions, but only if you ask for them. For instance, my Dad helped my brother negotiate a $500 decrease in his rent payment, in SAN FRANCISCO during this time. If that is possible, anything is. Handful of thoughts writes a post specific to this and details where you should get started with saving money on your bills! How to Save Money with 5 Simple Phone Calls.

Ok, who’s been cleaning out and organizing their homes? Who has donated a bunch, but would also like to maybe see if they can sell some stuff and make money? Who has no idea where to get started with online selling of stuff? My friends at How to Fire have a post just for this: 24 Craigslist Alternative Options For Selling Your Stuff. There’s a whole world outside of Craigslist. Check it out and see if any of these options work for what you’re trying to sell!

For everyone eyeing the stock market and wondering “what the heck” and trying to decide how to go about this investment business, I’d like to give you some inspiration from a pro: Warren Buffet. The man made his fortune investing, and he continues to be a huge influence in the upper echelons of the investment kingdom. So where does HE get his know-how, inspiration, knowledge, and wisdom? He reads (amongst other things). If you’d like to see what he recommends, check out this great booklist by Just Start Investing. 20 Warren Buffett Recommended Books: Get His Reading List. Maybe this will inspire you too.

On the same note, check out Bill Gates’s summer reading list: My 2020 Summer Book Recommendations. I’ve picked up some of his recommendations in the past and have loved them. (if you need help getting started on the reading front check out this post: How to Read Everyday, which has some of my own book recs plus ways you can incorporate reading into your routine!).

Life

On a lighter note, for anyone who has run out of things to do and watch from their streaming services, I’d like to introduce you to a post by Your Money Geek, Top 20 Lesser-Known TV Mini-Series. They may not be household names, yet, but some of the actors in them definitely are. What I like too, is that they’re all mini-series’, so you can get your binge in quickly and move on to other things. Check it out!

The way time flies, I bet you didn’t realize that Father’s Day is right around the corner. If you need some ideas to kickstart your gift giving check out: The Ultimate Amazon Prime Gift Guide for Men | 2020 Edition by Not your Mom’s Gifts

As we continue to trudge along in quarantine mode and start to slowly reopen to some kind of new normal, there is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. It’s easy to focus on the “what ifs” and “what will happens” and go spiraling down a negative thought chain. However, instead, maybe we can try and spin it around and say “what is possible”. Because we will get through this, and when we do, we should all be ready with our bucket list of things to do and accomplish and see. Savvy History says the same and gives a list of what she’d looking forward to: 10 Things Worth Being Obsessed About During a Lockdown

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