Manage your own rental property

property keys

I’ve had a rental property for 10 years and over that period I’ve used letting agents for property management. However, I’ve finally lost patience. Having used Winkworth for years, I moved to PurpleBricks thinking it’s not possible to find a worse property management company. I was wrong! I’ve now been using PurpleBricks for 18 months…

How to make a monthly budget

calculating personal finances

Depreciation worksheet If you rent or don’t have many owned assets then keeping track of depreciation is quite straightforward. Regardless, it’s still quite easy but usually forgotten. The below screenshot is a list of assets that require replacing when faulty (eg. a boiler). Once set up the worksheet calculates how much I need to put…

How to make a life plan

Life plan main image - Hannibal

This post explains how to make a life plan using a spreadsheet. There are good reasons to have a plan in life; for starters when you write down stuff it’s more likely to happen (you become accountable). You’ll also be forced to ponder deep and philosophical questions, like: what’s my purpose in life? My life…

Track your achievements in life

people climbing snowy mountain

If you read my post about self-accountability then you know I like to keep track of stuff. As the old saying goes “what gets measured gets done”. You are your own Personal Trainer. Without accountability, things don’t happen and you stagnate. My previous post covered tracking personal health but we don’t have to stop there,…

Using envy as insight

using envy as insight

I recently finished reading Susan Cain’s excellent book: “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”. The book was thought-provoking and there were a couple of sentences that made me sit back and reflect: “Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what…