Weekend Reading – insane work hours edition


Since coming back from our month long Danish vacation, I have been pulling some crazy work hours. For the last 2 weeks I’ve been getting up at 5:25 AM Monday to Friday just so I can get to work at 6:30 AM for my daily customer calls to track progress of a multi-million dollar project. The 6:30 AM calls are necessary because we’re dealing multiple time zones.  Because the participating parties are from Asia, Europe, and North America, someone has to get up early and someone has to stay up late. We’re making incremental progress on the project so hopefully these daily calls will end soon. Another reason to become financially independent one day so I can determine my own schedule.

The nice thing about getting to work super early? I get to leave work in the early afternoon and get to spend some quality time with Mrs. T and Baby T.

It’s BC Day long weekend this weekend. The weather is looking fabulous and I hope everyone will get some time to enjoy their weekend outside.


Here are some articles I really enjoyed recently.

Joe @ Retire By 40 shared The Ultimate Retirement Checklist. Very useful!

I really enjoyed reading Cat @ Blonde on a Budget’s piece on Going back to a simpler life is not a step backward. Great reminder that we can take a step back in life.

Even Steven wrote about Staring at your future. Sounds like we share similar thoughts on people that work for the sake of working.

Mrs. Frugalwoods shared The false choices that steal our future. As always, great writing from Mrs. Frugalwoods.

Mark @ My Own Advisor states why TFSA is great for potential new home buyers. I’m on the same boat at Mark and believe that TFSA is a way better vehicle compared to RRSP.

DivGuy explained why leverage money is just an illusion.

Jason @ Dividend Mantra asked Shouldn’t the Joneses be keeping up with us? I like your way of thinking Jason!

FI Fighter shared part 3 of his story on how he became a millionaire at age 30. I can’t wait to read part 4!

J. Money shared a simple test to see whether you are financially stable or not. Glad to know that we received a high score on the test.

White Collar Freedom states that it takes two to tango. Can’t agree more.

No More Waffle explained what insanity is. People doing the same thing over and over again always amaze me.

Dividend Growth Investor shared how he manages his dividend portfolio. Great insightful knowledge.


Thanks everyone for dropping by. I really appreciate it. 🙂

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  • Reply
    Dividend Mantra
    July 30, 2015 at 9:40 pm


    Thanks for including me!

    Totally not jealous of your schedule, my friend. But that’s why you’re aggressively saving and investing. Being able to set your own schedule is THE ultimate luxury. 🙂

    Keep it up!

    Best regards.

    • Reply
      August 3, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Dividend Mantra,

      Hope you had a great weekend. 🙂

  • Reply
    Even Steven
    July 31, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Thanks for adding me to the list and thus adding to my articles to read today;)

    • Reply
      August 3, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Even Steven,

      You’re very welcome.

  • Reply
    Dividend Growth Investor
    July 31, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for including me in your weekly review Tawcan. I hope you can wrap this project up soon. At least you are getting an extra motivational push to achieve FI soon, and be able to set your own schedule.

    • Reply
      August 3, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Hi DGI,

      Definitely hoping that we can end these daily calls soon.

  • Reply
    Fervent Finance
    July 31, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Hope your work weeks slow down. More reason to reach FI! Enjoy the weekend.

    • Reply
      August 3, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Hi FF,

      Definitely yet another reason to reach FI. Hope you had a great weekend too.

  • Reply
    My Own Advisor
    August 1, 2015 at 6:41 am

    You’re well on your way to FI. Keep up the great work and thanks for the mention!

    • Reply
      August 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Hi Mark,

      A few more years to go but we’re definitely on our way to FI.

  • Reply
    August 1, 2015 at 7:36 am

    As someone who lives on the west coast and works for a company where the majority are out east, I feel your pain regarding the timezone issue. I’m a natural early riser anyway, but still, it’s an extra element of fun that I always gotta keep in mind when scheduling things.

    You’ll be out in due time. Then, the real fun begins. 🙂

  • Reply
    A Frugal Family's Journey
    August 1, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Great reads…found a couple I hadn’t come across yet. Thanks for sharing.

    As for crazy work hours…getting up early is probably difficult after a month long vacation but I’m sure the reward of quality time with Mrs. T and Baby T makes it all worthwhile. 🙂

    Hope you enjoy your weekend. AFFJ

    • Reply
      August 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Hi AFFJ,

      Yup it was definitely tough getting up at 5:25 AM the first day we got back from the vacation. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jason @ Islands of Investing
    August 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Hey Tawcan, sorry to hear about your early mornings, but at least you’re getting home early! I wouldn’t mind being able to organise my days like that sometimes! A great list of reads for the weekend to, thanks!

    • Reply
      August 3, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Hi Jason,

      I guess I got used to the early morning wake up after a few days…

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    August 3, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Sorry about the long hours! Working with people in multiple time zones can throw a wrench in things. I’m east coast but most of clients are west coast. Because of that, I’m constantly getting emails and such that need replies until 10:00 p.m.!

    • Reply
      August 3, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Holly,

      Working multiple time zones has its advantages and disadvantages. I’m probably dealing with the disadvantages right now.

  • Reply
    Mrs. Frugalwoods
    August 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Ugh, sorry to hear about your hours! Not fun! Thanks so much for including my post–greatly appreciated :).

  • Reply
    Josh Collar
    August 5, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Those are insane hours my friend….but it should fuel the FI dream even more. Thanks for the mention too!

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