(Don’t worry, I stopped their allowance.)
So I’m now 8 days into my current 30 Day Challenge.
I committed to spending 15 minutes per day working on my personal finances and I am pleased to write I completed this task every day learning quite a few things along the way.
Things I now know about attending to my finances:
1. I need glasses.
2. I need to collect all the items I need – checkbook and register, stamps, address labels, stapler, timer, notebook and bill file, glasses – into one place, preferably in a container, for easy access. I’ve found it cuts down on procrastination.
3. I should load the two pieces of software I use before I start. Otherwise I can spend quite a few of my fifteen faffing about with them.
4. I need complete silence. I cannot seem to do this task if I have anyone making noise in the house or if there is someone in the same room, even if they are quiet.
5. That fifteen minutes is a short enough period of time that I can propel myself onto the chair without too much dread.
The bills are being paid as they come in which removes a great deal of stress from me. I often would wonder, as I went about my day, if there was anything financial that needed attending to. Taking that not-knowing feeling away has relieved me considerably.
I’m feeling more in control of things even though I can see already I have much to learn and work on. And knowing that I am conquering this fear which is what I think I must have, is encouraging me.
I also know, though, that the first week is the easiest, after this it becomes a grind so fingers crossed my intentions don’t fall by the wayside. Watch this space…
Anyone else who joined me – how did you do? And do I look like Sarah Palin? (I won’t be offended if you say yes, promise :))
Drop me a line in the comments below. Please.