I see it every day - friends and acquaintances posting every day on various social media sites how "broke" they are. Yet, I see those same people posting about how much fun they have at the bar every weekend, or how they bought the latest iPhone.
Maybe they're thinking they deserve it because they've worked so hard. I'm not denying that. Unfortunately, we can't always get what we feel we deserve. Having a little bit of will power to put off getting the latest gadget could have huge rewards later on. For example, if you take the money you were going to use for the new phone and put it towards your debt with the highest interest rate, you may be able to pay it off, rather than continue to pay interest. That $600 could make thousand of dollars difference.
Think about other ways you can create a free or cheap alternative for the activities that are most costly. If your bar bill is $50, you could think about spending $20 on a mixer or a case of beer and invite friends over for a game night. You still get to hang out and enjoy a beverage, but at less than half the price.
It's not always easy making the tough choices to live more financially responsibly, but it is necessary if you want to stop living paycheck to paycheck. You can still have fun and get some of the things you want - you just have to be creative and patient to get there. For more free and cheap entertainment ideas, check out my book Living Within Your Means: A practical guide to financial freedom. I'd love to personally help you live a more organized and stress-free life - contact me for a free estimate.
A lot can happen in a year, right? I know it's been 9 months since I've posted a new entry - and I can give you lots of excuses. But, that would be just what they are - excuses, not reasons. The simple fact is, I didn't prioritize writing my blog over other things I had going on. Some of those things were important - like writing my first book, Living Within Your Means - A Practical Guide to Financial Freedom. Some, not so important - like watching every season of Survivor and Doctor Who available on Amazon Prime!
So, this post is about setting priorities. How does that fit with organizing? Well, when we're talking about organizing anything, we have to choose to make it a priority. When I work with my clients, most often, I hear lack of time as the reason for not being able to get organized and stay organized. But, I know from experience (both personal and professional) that most of us choose what we do with the time we have. And we typically don't choose to spend it on organizing.
Why is organizing important? Because it impacts pretty much all aspects of our lives. I'm not just talking about the physical space around us. Think about it! We have to organize our schedules to get where we need to be. We have to organize our finances so that we pay our bills on time (and we have enough money to do that). If you're a business owner, you have to have routine processes that everyone follows - that's an organized way of doing things.
My company is called "More Than Organizing" because I wanted to get across the point that my business is more than just 'space organizing.' I believe so strongly that organization can change lives that I wanted to help people in all those areas. Ready to get started? Give me a call, or complete the contact form to let me know how I can help. I'd also really love to see your comments and questions. Come on, be the first! :)
Jennifer Raschig loves to share thoughts on creating restful spaces and presenting your best self every day.