Category Archives: Motivation & Organization

Articles, commentary, and information to increase motivation and organization in pursuit of self reliance.

Financial records and “continuity planning”

Most businesses have established (or at least should have) business continuity plans for ensuring the business can continue operating in the event of a localized or general emergency. This is the case with households, too. Emergency evacuation plans and 72-hour … Continue reading

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Step Two – Financial baseline

When starting a new job simultaneous with moving into a new home in a new state there is a certain amount of chaos wrecked on the home finances. There are unexpected expenses in moving out, unexpected expenses in moving in, … Continue reading

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A New beginning (hold on to your hat!)

Posting has been non-existent for the last few months because I’ve been very busy and very stressed. But barring some bizarre glitch out of nowhere I have landed a good job after over two years of un- and under-employment. While … Continue reading

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Break goals down to make them manageable

Every new year many of us make resolutions for the year. You may even be considering some self reliance related resolutions. May I recommend one simple trick for increasing your chances of success? I find it helps to break goals … Continue reading

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Online task lists

I end up carrying around several notebooks with me at any given time, mainly because I grab whatever is near when I plan, and end up with task lists spread between several notebooks. I’ve been thinking that it’s time to … Continue reading

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Food storage for two in a year

Joan Crain over at Self Reliance Exchange has a post on how to build up food storage by buying about $10 of supplies per week. She gives you a week-by-week breakdown. I may disagree on a few items, but on … Continue reading

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Organization tools

A friend recently asked my wife and I to address how to get organized in this blog. I’m still getting my thoughts together on the subject (after all, what could be worse than a disorganized post about organization!), but in … Continue reading

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The case for DIY

And speaking of Self Reliance Exchange, there’s another excellent article there about gaining the knowledge to do many things yourself. The writer (DDFD) uses the example of his car, and how you can learn a lot about your car and … Continue reading

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Home Record Storage: Part 1 – Critical Documents

I finally got back to continuing my series on my sister’s blog about home document management. This edition helps you take the first step to getting all your documents under control by starting with the most critical ones. There’s also … Continue reading

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The cost of "free"

My sister, over at Knot in the Rope, has a post on how misleading many “free” can be. Very few things are really free. What is the mentality of “free”? It’s the belief that “free” means there is NO cost!  … Continue reading

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