Ever get in one of those organizing moods — looking for ways to save money, save time, save brain cells? That’s so me right now. I haven’t done a good financial audit in a while. Now that my daughter’s in middle school, I’ve got more time to waste (or use wisely). And because I’ve got more work than I’ve ever had in my entire freelancing career, managing my creative energy has become paramount.

For the first time in my life, I’ve hired a business coach. With her help, I’m streamlining my schedule and processes — looking for ways to work smarter, so that I can work less. As a result, I’m on a real savings tear in all aspects of my life — looking to spend less money and carve out more time.

And math has helped. Between considering whether to invest in new accounting software to actively assessing my weekly hours, I’m doing the calculations that help me make these decisions. Especially in this economy, I know that I’m not alone. We’re all looking for ways to cut down on our monthly bills and put more away in savings.

For the month of October, we’ll consider many aspects of savings — money, time, energy, even lives — and how math plays a role. We’ll find intuitive ways to squirrel away these important resources, just in time for a long winter, when we can sit back with a great book and enjoy the fruits (or nuts) of our planning and hard work.

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