At this exact moment, I have 602 drafts sitting in my inbox:
I’m actually a pretty organized Gmail’er* if you can believe it (look at all those labels and inbox!), but the last area desperately needing taming is the Drafts :) It’s where I put all my ideas, thoughts, to-do lists, and anything else that seems important at the time.
I know there’s tools like Evernote and what not that help with this, but Gmail is always open and just the quickest way for me to get down ideas. Which is probably the reason so many have piled up! Haha…
In an effort to pair down these drafts to my preferred amount, however, (under 50 which = 1 page) I thought I’d go down each and every one and either delete them, archive them, combine them, or pluck out my favorites to share with you today. I can’t tell you what ideas are exactly IN there as some of these date back to May of 2011 (!!!) but I’m pretty sure we’ll come across some interesting ones :)
If you like them, we’ll continue publishing them until I reach the bottom!, and if not, well, just pretend this post never happened and we’ll see you back on Wed with a different angle.
For any bloggers out there, feel free to steal any of these and explore further!
Draft Titles and Brief Descriptions:
(We’ll start with some of the drafts that stay indefinitely, just in case they help ya. Then we’ll move to the “idea” drafts…)
“What people are saying…” — This is one of my favorites as it’s where I paste all kind words ever said to me or about my projects :) We all have our “days” no matter how successful we are, so anytime I need a quick pick-me-up I open this up and get quickly reminded of why I’m doing it all. It also helps when you need testimonials for something too.
“Hate mail” — I also have one for hate mail :) I don’t look at this one nearly as much for obvious reasons, but one day I want to do one of those “Mean Tweets” type-clips a la Jimmy Kimmel Live. Here are some of the gems on the list:
“You have an error of arrogance that rubs me the wrong way; there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness and you cross it.”
(Nice use of “error” – hah)
And as I alluded to on Monday’s BadVoices.com hustle/not hustle:
“I listen to your podcast with Paula. Love her, but you sound like a clueless 16 year old valley girl. Sorry, but to these old ears you sound childish.”
Again, no one’s immune to this stuff! Just a part of the game…
#ARTICLES and #QUOTES — I also keep a running list of both interesting articles and quotes I come across … Mainly for Rockstar Finance (my curation site) but also for future blog ideas. As my drafts got crowded over time, I found bolding them and then adding the hashtags helped me find them quicker :)
“To Do” — A short list of stuff I try to remember to do for the day… usually small annoying tasks as the big stuff is always the same (like writing a blog post for the day, responding to comments, etc). Notice they’re not bolded or hashtagged either, haha…
“Twitter Poll results!!!” — The other week I did a fun Twitter poll which didn’t turn out all too surprising considering the audience ;)
“Weirdest things sold on eBay?” — I once sold my old car there that only had 3 out of its 4 cylinders working :) The guy who bought it happened to be obsessed with the model (it was an old school Honda Prelude, remember those?) and he drove 300+ miles to come pick it up and fix. He had 15 others already. #Hoarder
“Cool budgeting idea” — Check out this graphic! Could be worth a shot if you’re having trouble… “I keep a physical copy of my budget in the form of a little brown folder… Every time I get paid, I pencil in little boxes on a spreadsheet that I print out at the beginning of the year… By the end of the year, this spreadsheet turns into a mess of valuable data.”
“The perfect day.” — I was wondering what my kids thought a perfect day would be so I asked. They named three parks and then candy. I made a list of what my own would be: coffee, walk, time to work on whatever project I want, sex, walk, beer, insanely good food, insanely good sleep, help someone, sex, walk, coffee, repeat.
“1 in 3 Americans Has Saved $0 for Retirement” — Crazy stat I saw at Time.com (!!!)
“The largest bills & checks in history?” – I saw this awesome post by Three Thrifty Guys on the largest checks ever written (one being $974,790,317.77!!) and thought it would be fun to compare with the largest bills too. Like this bar tab from Tryst that went viral years ago @ $189,375.98!
“Blog about: optimallivingdaily.com” — Keep meaning to share this – it’s a podcast that READS OUT awesome blog posts! Mainly on minimalism, productivity, life and of course money. Some of the bloggers he covers are Ramit Sethi, Mr. Money Mustache, Cait Flanders, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and others including yours truly. Always so weird and interesting hearing your words come to life – especially with all my smiley faces and exclamation points ;) Here’s a sample of one of my blog posts being read out loud: 047: What if You Could Live Off 50% of Your Pay?
“True story: real life is > online life” — An observation I had the other day… so obvious, yet so true! Yet we still spend gobs of time glued to the computer every single day…
“Create your own CV of Failures!” — Came across this the other week and SOOOO want to do my own! This professor made one and it went viral. Here’s the reasoning for it:
“Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible. I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me… This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record and provide some perspective.”
(You can download it here: Johannes_Haushofer_CV_of_Failures.pdf)
“Share: King For Just a Day” — Stumbled across this old post by Mr. Money Mustache on “luxury” and it really made me think…. In a nutshell the first few days/instances of anything new/juicy/exciting are the best, and thus you should try to figure out a way to milk that part vs having to pony up major moolah to own it. Give it a read sometime this weekend, might help you put things in better perspective too? King for Just One Day.
“All the time and money in the world” — Observation: All the time in the world means nothing if you have no money (it’s called unemployment!), but all the money in the world with no time is jack too (you’re about to die or a workaholic).
“The Three Solutions to Every Problem” — My brother texted me this last month and thought it was pretty good: “Three solutions to every problem: Accept it, change it or leave it. If you can’t accept it, change it. If you can’t change it, leave it.”
“Old vs New idea” — How cool would it be to measure the time it takes to do something from back in the day vs now? Like, researching something via Encyclopedia (remember those??) vs internet, calling people on a rotary phone vs speed dialing on cells (remember when you had to remember/write down everyone’s numbers?), and of course writing a letter by hand vs email. I don’t know what the point would be other than for a quick time waster, but someone should definitely do it :)
“Hike in 15 miles, kill a black bear, and pack that 300lb beast out on your back” – What someone once said my beard looked like, haha….
“Interesting clip…” — found this particular clip by Ben Carlson’s article, How to be More Productive, pretty interesting:
“If my grandfather were to lose concentration on the job, he would have fallen off the building he was working on. When I lose concentration on the job, I go browse the Internet.”
“Side hustle idea?” — Share your WiFi and get paid for it: tsunamiblu.com
“Do I feel better after talking with you?” — This is a question I ask myself sometimes after talking to people or reading their blogs, going on Facebook/Twitter/etc. If I leave feeling worse than when I got there/interacted with them, I do my best to avoid them in the future. This is what led me to delete my personal Facebook page over 3 years ago, for example.
“To counterfeit is Death” — Saw this on a recent bill I picked up in a coin trade (I got re-excited about collecting once I went back to having fun!), and was going to write something about it, along with how “mortgage” = “death pledge” in French (true fact), but ended up sharing it on my coin collecting blog instead. Here’s a picture of it though – still in tact from 1777!! Some of our nation’s first currency!
“Crayon quote!” — “We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors…. but they all exist very nicely in the same box.” ~ Author Unknown
“Blog Post: Save at least 1/10th of all income” — Was gonna write a blog post around this based off George S. Clason’s book, The Richest Man In Babylon. While many of us are striving to save way more than 10%, he poses an excellent exercise: “If you did keep for yourself one-tenth of all you earn, how much would you have in ten years?” He also goes on to say, “A part of all you earn is yours to keep. It should be not less than a tenth no matter how little you earn.”
“Every Financial Nerd In The World…” — I have no idea where I was going with this, but here’s what I had in the message section, haha… “This is what it’s like every day for us $$ nerds except on days like today – black friday”
“NYS Resolutions – 2016”
- Don’t Die (without accomplishing this, nothing else matters)
- Don’t Be Stressed (or try to speed up time to get over stressful events)
- Come Up With a Life Plan
So far I have an A+ on the first one, a B- on the second, and an F on the third, haha… But something tells me we’ll always be working/thinking on that one?
And lastly, “hair cut joke :)”
The Hair Cut
One Monday, a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning there were a “thank you” card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later on Tuesday, a cop came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up there were a “thank you” card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then on Wednesday, a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay the bill the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.
Have fun today? Shall we keep going this week? Head Explode? :)
Either way, after two hours we’re now down to 531 drafts – woo! We’re only into November of last year so far, haha, but hey – nothing better than working towards a goal, right?
Hope you guys had a good (and cheap) weekend over there… See ya back soon!
[Update: Unpolished Gems Part II is now out :)]
* I keep my inbox completely free of clutter and only house those items requiring my direct attention or response. As each one is completed, it gets archived into the right section and eventually helps me get to Inbox Zero (which I hit 2-3 times a week). 50% of all emails get automatically pushed into a project “folder” (ie Gmail label) and taken care of in chunks when I’m ready to dive into them. Examples of these projects are Rockstar Finance, Coin Thrill, and the latest one I’m building out, PF Directory. I also have labels set up for social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter too to help streamline alerts. All this doesn’t prevent ALL the hours needed to stay on top of my inbox, but it certainly helps :) For what it’s worth, anyways…