Taking care of your most important task at the beginning of your work day is one of the best pieces of productivity advice floating around. But it only helps if you actually follow through with your work the rest of the day.
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You'd think a short-term financial plan — saving for a holiday, for example, or stashing an extra month's pay into your emergency fund — wouldn't be hard to do. After all, you only have to tighten your belt for a limited period of time. Plus, the results come faster, and that motivates you to stay the course.
There's something to be said for saying "yes" to things. You never know what potential opportunities there are in saying "yes" to an extra project at work or volunteering your time somewhere. However, there's a problem with this too: You can stretch yourself too thin.
For most of my life, I've just drifted. I would work passionately at one thing for a while, then I'd burn out on that thing and move on to something else. I felt like I had a good grip on what I needed to do today, but in terms of thinking about the big picture of my life, I just didn't have any idea.
If you have trouble sticking to a goal, visual cues can help. For example, personal finance writer Trent Hamm suggests using graph paper to mark your progress.
Have you ever told yourself no? I definitely have. I'm talking about thoughts like "Why bother applying? I doubt that school would ever accept me," or "This business idea isn't going to work. I'm too old/too young/too inexperienced". Or maybe "He'd never date me. I might as well move on." Or "My boss won't promote me anyway. Why should I even ask?" From what I can tell, we all doubt ourselves from time to time. The problem, of course, is that telling yourself no prevents you from getting started at all. When you decide not to act, you deny yourself opportunities. Once I realised this, I started following a simple little rule that has helped me stick to things and persevere when I normally would have given up. Here's how it works and why you should use it.
We've all had the experience of wanting to get a project done but putting it off for later. Sometimes we wait because we just don't care enough about the project, but other times we care a lot — and still end up doing something else. I, for one, end up cleaning my house when I have a lot of papers to grade, even though I know I need to grade them.
We all have goals we're working toward, and at some point, you may come to a financial plateau with those goals. During that time, it's easy to get impatient and lose sight of what you already have. A "reverse bucket list" can come in handy during this plateau.
This goal of mine. It was pointless. Not arguably pointless, actually pointless. Undisputedly pointless. Nothing would change if I achieved it. My financial situation would remain the same. My career: the same. My relationship with loved ones: the same. Everything: the same.
The only thing that would change: me. And no-one really gives a damn about that, do they?