I have had some of the best ideas and realizations come to me on walks. I also feel more energized and clear-headed after taking one. Something about physically moving in nature without a phone or any technology strapped to me is magical.

5. Broccoli is a life hack.

There is no way you can eat an entire bowl of broccoli and tell me you don’t feel like a superhero.

6. Check-in’s are more effective than daily tracking.

If you’re someone who tracks income, spending, and net worth on a daily basis, more power to you. But personally I have found that “checking in”, usually on the first day of the month, is a better way to keep an eye on my own financials.

Checking my investments on a daily basis just made me anxious. I was always nervous to see if my stock holdings and subsequently my net worth was up or down for the day. This was a ridiculous habit. Most daily market movements are just noise. To see any real trends you have to adopt a longer time horizon. I find that it’s easier to stick with a buy-and-hold strategy of index fund investing if I check stock prices less frequently.

Related: Financial Technology Isn’t Just for Millennials 

My favorite free financial tool I use is Personal Capital. I use it to track my net worth, manage my spending, and keep an eye on my monthly cash flow. It only takes a few minutes to set up and it makes tracking your finances simple and easy. I recommend trying it out.

This article has been republished with permission from Four Pillar Freedom. 

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