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Headlines for Monday:

  1. Week past, week next (230 words)
  2. Money management for the next stage in your life (297 words)

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    Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated.
    AX@1030-1130 Usability: Linda - session 3
    AX@1300 Revise paper according to Mark's comments
    AX@1500-1600 Usability test: Shaikh Quader - session 4
    AX@1800-2000 Money Management for the Next Stage of Your Life, Faculty Club Upper Dining Room, 41 Willcocks St.
    AXOutline Emacs article
    AXSend mail, finally
    AXBlog about personal finance seminar
    AXClear dishes
    AXWater plants
    AXPrepare oatmeal for tomorrow
    AXSet up tea trolley
    AXSet up TV table with kitchen appliances
    AXClean bathroom
    AXEmpty box
    AXOrganize clothes for tomorrow
    AXRead a chapter of Quinn's book gift


1. Week past, week next: 07:42

Last week was a week of thresholds. I've started doing my usability tests, and I'm not going to stop until I finish them. Then I'm going to write them up into my thesis, and then I'll be done.



Last week, I went through my first ever behavioral interview. An IBM HR person asked me those job-interview-type questions that start with "Tell me a story about a time you...".

Last week, I scheduled my first job interview.

Things are moving faster and faster. I'm walking through so many doors.

Goals for this week:

  • Revise my paper according to Mark Chignell's comments.
  • Finish all my usability tests.
  • Write that Emacs mail productivity article.
  • Attend and learn from a few seminars offered by the University of Toronto.

I also *really* need to explore my goals this week, because my job interview is coming up and I had better have a good idea of what I'm getting myself into. Can I stand a job with high travel and lots of stress if it means learning a lot?

Decisions, decisions...

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2. Money management for the next stage in your life: 23:53

I attended a personal finance seminar by Ellen Roseman, a Toronto Star columnist and University of Toronto alumna. I'll write about it in more detail as I reflect more on personal finance, but here are a few new nuggets I picked up:

  • No RRSPs until I get my paperwork sorted out! Boo. Not fun knowing better practices and not being able to use them.
  • It might be a good idea to invest money into an RRSP while I'm young, then take a holiday—leaving the money there to take advantage of tax-deferred growth—and do something else with the money I'm already used to setting aside. For example, I could save up for a house.
  • You can carry forward the tax deduction you get when you invest in an RRSP, so you can invest now in order to take advantage of the tax-deferred growth and claim the deduction when it makes more sense tax-wise. Must figure out when that makes sense.
  • Four magic words: "Can I do better?" Ask for discounts!
  • Two good books: The Wealthy Barber, The Richest Man in Babylon.
  • Tour of Canadian personal finance blogs. Check for the link.
  • I should check out the TD monthly income fund or dividend funds to find a growth-oriented investment vehicle. has good reviews.
  • Might be more comfortable with a financial advisor within 10 years of my age.
  • E-mail car dealers to get good quotes without having to shop around so much.

Interesting tips came from the other attendees:

  • Skype now has a yearly plan. That'll be worth signing up for.
  • Insurance brokers can be handy.

Worth the time.

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