Hi everyone 👋,

🔥 What I have been doing this week

😷 We’ve been combatting a sickness bug this week which has meant that there has been very little spare time or energy to spend on building knowledge for self-build or creating new Grand Reviews. I did have a couple of days off work to focus on personal tasks last week and scheduled some time to complete…

🏠 Another Grand Review! Which has now been finalised and published on my site. Take a look and let me know what you think about it. Are there any details that are missing that you would like in future reviews? I am reviewing each episode for my own purpose but publishing it for others, so any feedback is appreciated.

📌 I have found a few more properties and added them to the map. There are a number of episodes that are based outside of the UK which I have decided to exclude for the purposes of the map and reviews. Although there could be some useful Lessons Learned in the episodes, I feel like their relevance is likely to be lessened because of the different constraints and planning laws etc that are country specific.

It looks as though there are around 170 properties if you exclude the revisit episodes. I have found about fifty-four of the properties now. Take a sneak peak at the early version today. And don’t forget to subscribe for any future updates.

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📝 The Main Bit

✍️ Quote of the week

A friend asked me for some advice on how I stay productive and get results even when working through the tough weeks. I remembered that there was a quote which summed up what I wanted to say to him, but I couldn’t remember it at the time. I have gone through my Readwise tags and managed to find it. I’m not sure whether Arnold Schwarzenegger was the original creator of the quote but the version I have a copy of in this week’s post came from his inspirational newsletter.

I thought I would sum up what this means into five points, I hope you find them useful.

  1. Embrace consistency: Make a habit of showing up every day, whether it’s for work, personal projects, or self-improvement. Consistency builds momentum and increases the likelihood of encountering good days. Even on challenging days, showing up will help you maintain a sense of purpose and progress.
  2. Cultivate resilience: Recognize that not every day will be fantastic, but by consistently showing up, you develop resilience. Embrace setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning. Overcoming obstacles and staying committed to your goals will ultimately lead to a greater number of good days.
  3. Set realistic expectations: Understand that good days don’t necessarily mean everything will go perfectly. By setting realistic expectations, you’ll avoid unnecessary disappointments. Focus on progress rather than perfection and celebrate even small wins along the way.
  4. Find joy in the process: Instead of solely chasing the result, learn to appreciate and find joy in the journey. Enjoy the daily activities and tasks that contribute to your goals. By finding fulfilment in the process, you increase the likelihood of experiencing good days along the way.
  5. Practice self-care and self-reflection: Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Prioritize self-care activities that recharge and rejuvenate you. Additionally, regularly reflect on your progress, identify areas for improvement, and adjust as needed. By nurturing yourself and making necessary course corrections, you enhance the probability of finding more good days.

Remember, showing up consistently, maintaining resilience, setting realistic expectations, finding joy in the process, and practicing self-care and self-reflection can all contribute to discovering your good days.

🕵️‍♂️ Property Glossary

I share definitions each week of words and terms that pop up now and then in the property world and can be confusing.


A record of all movable items in a rented property, including any defects. It is created at the beginning of the tenancy, agreed upon with the tenant, and reviewed again at the end of the tenancy.
This is usually prepared in conjunction with the Schedule of Condition.

📖 Interesting Things I’ve Read

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos By Jordan B. Peterson – Started reading this on Audible this week. I am only at the second rule but I quite like the essay style rule making.

I am making notes on the Kindle book while listening to the author narrate. It takes me a lot more time when I go through a book this way but a lot more information stays in and the notes I take are then resurfaced through Readwise.

Apps I Use

Readwise – I’ve been paying for Readwise since 2021 and gained access to Readwise Reader Beta in 2022 and find it extremely useful for knowledge retention and research. I pass all my email newsletters through it and whenever I get a spare few minutes I can pick up where I last left off without any friction.

If you sign up using the link you’ll get an extra month free (two in total) so you can really test out the software without it costing you a penny. They don’t advertise widely so it is down to word of mouth like this that gets the tool new users. I find it invaluable.

Monzo – Carefully budgeting my spending is fundamental to being able to save towards the build. Monzo has helped me track and itemise spending for years. I now pay for the Premium account which gives me access to extra features and things like airport lounge access, phone insurance, worldwide travel insurance so it practically pays for itself. If you join using this link we’ll both get £5 (which I’ll use towards the build!).

Focus@Will – This app has superpowers. It has the ability to allow me to switch off from a noisy home and get some work done and it seems to work for me in about 5 minutes.


I’m now on:

Twitter as @Brendan_Burr

Instagram as @MeasureTwiceBuildOnce

Pinterest as @MeasureTwiceBuildOnce

Snipd for Podcasts @MTBO

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading!


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