The One a Day Challenge

For those of you who follow me on the social media platform of your choice I’m not referring to my (attempted) daily post of something interesting. Instead this is a little challenge I dreamed up and considered a while back, but finally decided to do the month of June. Being the type who likes confirmation before proceeding, I’ve been following the challenge with great success since the beginning of the month so now feel comfortable talking about it.

So you’re probably asking by now, what is it? Simply put, pick something (or in my case 3 somethings) that you want to limit to 1 or less a day. The 3 that I picked are…

1) No more than 1 cup of coffee a day
2) No more than 1 alcoholic beverage a day
3) Spend less than $1 a day directly on myself (primarily eliminates “fancy coffee” and numerous non-brown bag lunches)

Why do I do these things? Primarily to keep myself sharp and to help build willpower. Plus, I like a challenge of my own choosing.

So what about you? Have something you’d like to challenge yourself to limit to 1 or less a day? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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Weekly Round-Up: 5/26/13 to 6/1/13

The Weekly Round-Up is a once weekly collection of my #1Aday daily shares. Hope you find something of interest!

Wed 5/29
Jeff Haden @jeff_haden gives you 8 Things You Should Not Do Every Day – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1797

Thu 5/30
Mr. Money Mustache @mrmoneymustache asks: Do We Need to Fire the Entire Financial Advice Industry? – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1798

Fri 5/31
Gary Foreman on: 7 Car Dealership Fees and Services to Avoid – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1799

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Weekly Round-Up: 5/12/13 to 5/18/13

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Mon 5/13
Consider Not Setting Goals in 2013 – Peter Bregman – Harvard Business Review – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1787

Tue 5/14
The @honesttoddler writes: Dear IRS – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1788

Wed 5/15
Janet Choi on: How to Escape the Cult of “Busy” – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1789

Thu 5/16
7 tips for maintaining an organized home – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1790

Fri 5/17
Bruce Feiler @brucefeiler on: Agile programming – for your family – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1791

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Weekly Round-Up: 5/5/13 to 5/11/13

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Thu 5/9
Why “The Gap” Is the Personal Finance Number That Matters the Most – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1785

Fri 5/10
I’ve Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here’s Why It’s Actually Amazing – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1786

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New cffreedom-utils repo on github

For the last 10 years or so I’ve built up a number of Java utility functions and classes to help me write code easier. Over time I’ve probably had to re-write many of the functions as I’ve moved teams, lost the code, or just wanted to make it better. I’ve also had to jar up and help other developers use the code one too many times. Since I’m finally sick of that I’ve switch over to Maven for dependency and build management, moved the library to github, and am open sourcing the development so that others can take advantage of my work, and contribute to it to make it better.

You can find the project at https://github.com/communicationfreedom/cffreedom-utils. Please take a look, and consider helping make it even better.

Note: Since I’ve been using the project more and more the pace of change is pretty steep and the package structure has been changing frequently, but I believe that is starting to settle down a bit.

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Weekly Round-Up: 4/28/13 to 5/4/13

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Mon 4/29
Scott Dinsmore @_Scott_Dinsmore on: How Simplicity Swindled the Investment Banker (and the rest of the world) – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1784

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Weekly Round-Up: 4/21/13 to 4/27/13

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Mon 4/22
Mark Schaefer @markwschaefer has – A Rant: In praise of The Unremarkable – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1779

Tue 4/23
Johann Hari on: The dark side of Dubai – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1780

Wed 4/24
MMM @mrmoneymustache hits another home run on: The Incomparable Advantage of Having to Work for what you Get – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1781

Thu 4/25
Laura Beck says: Don’t Call People Fat in Front of Your Kids Unless You Really Want to Screw Them Up – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1782

Fri 4/26
David Cain @DavidDCain tells you: How to Make Trillions of Dollars – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1783

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Weekly Round-Up: 4/14/13 to 4/20/13

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Mon 4/15
Living With Less. A Lot Less – I like the point about filling our space whether we need to or not – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1774

Tue 4/16
Joshua Becker @joshua_becker says: Maybe the Answer is Owning Less – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1775

Wed 4/17
James Collins: Manifesto – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1776

Thu 4/18
James Altucher @jaltucher on: Why I Am Never Going to Own a Home Again – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1777

Fri 4/19
MMM @mrmoneymustache says: A Peak Life is Lived Off-Peak – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1778

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Weekly Round-Up: 4/7/13 to 4/13/13

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Mon 4/8
The @tmninja on: Why Your Todo List Should Never Be Empty – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1770

Tue 4/9
Science Explains Why You Should Stop Hitting the Snooze Button – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1771

Wed 4/10
MMM @mrmoneymustache clues you in on: A Lifetime of Riches – Is it as Simple as a Few Habits? – http://markjacobsen.net/l/1772

Fri 4/12
Kristen Howerton: Can We Bring The Holidays Down A Notch? <- Amen to that! - http://markjacobsen.net/l/1773

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Outlook Macros to Categorize and Archive Messages

If you’re still rockin’ Outlook 2007 and want to create some macros to categorize or archive your email, here’s some copy and paste code to have fun with…


Sub Archive()
    Call CommonCategorizeAndArchive(True, False, False)
End Sub

Sub Categorize()
    Call CommonCategorizeAndArchive(False, True, False)
End Sub

Sub CategorizeAndArchive()
    Call CommonCategorizeAndArchive(True, True, False)
End Sub

Sub Task()
    Call CommonCategorizeAndArchive(True, True, True)
End Sub

Private Sub CommonCategorizeAndArchive(archiveEm As Boolean, categorizeEm As Boolean, taskIt As Boolean)
    Dim olApp As New Outlook.Application
    Dim olItem As Object
    Dim olExp As Outlook.Explorer
    Dim olSel As Outlook.Selection
    Dim olArchive As Outlook.Folder
    Dim olTasks As Outlook.Folder
    Dim olNameSpace As Outlook.NameSpace
    Dim olTmpMailItem As Outlook.MailItem
    
    Set olExp = olApp.ActiveExplorer
    Set olSel = olExp.Selection
    Set olNameSpace = olApp.GetNamespace("MAPI")
    
    Set olArchive = olNameSpace.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Folders("@Archive")
    Set olTasks = olNameSpace.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Folders("zTasks")

    For intItem = 1 To olSel.Count
        Set olItem = olSel.Item(intItem)
        olItem.UnRead = False
        
        If (categorizeEm = True) Then
            olItem.ShowCategoriesDialog
        End If
        
        If (archiveEm = True) Then
            olItem.Move olArchive
        End If
        
        If (taskIt = True) Then
            Set olTmpMailItem = olItem.Copy
            olTmpMailItem.Move olTasks
        End If
    Next intItem
End Sub
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