Ack! What did I just commit to? Kidding of course! 🙂
Action plans, thought change, Happiness Project and a no spending week are all good things! Of course, the no spending week is self imposed or shall we say self inflicted! Since I joined the Debt Movement and signed up for Mint.com, I’ve been able to (wanted to) pay much closer attention to my spending.
Sad but true – I overspent in 7 budget categories month to date, so there’s a spending freeze on those areas for the rest of the month. It’s better that way anyways! I drink too much Starbucks coffee, drink too much wine, and buy too many lottery tickets.
Groceries – $286 of $200 budget. Trips to Costco will do that!
Service & Parts – $641 of $46 budget. Since starting Mint.com I initiated a budget for auto repairs/service. I now know how much to set aside for 8K service on my car. It wasn’t in place for this service.
Alcohol – $72 of $40 budget. OFFICIALLY BANNED for non social activities! Dear Alcohol, I am BREAKING UP with you! Signed, Detoxing Liver
Coffee Shops – $38 of $25 budget.
Books – $71 of $20 budget. This may be an area I may actually increase my budget, although I don’t spend this much every month.
Lottery Tickets – $30 of $20 budget
Bank fee – $18 of $14 budget. Dear ATM, I refuse to pay excess BANK FEES! I will remember to keep cash in wallet to pay parking at customer sites! Signed, Pissed off to be under your Thumb again
On to more important “you” type of things! Action plans, thought change and Happiness Projects!
When is the last time you made up an Action Plan?
Thought so. It’s probably been a while. After I read Strengths Finder 2.0 and completed the online assessment, I thought it would be time to set an action plan in motion. One is desparately needed for both my career and my life. I think I can safely combine a few topics here as they all tie in. Thought change is very important for any action plan and will therefore lead to more happiness! How’s that for philosophizing?!
For a strange reason, I had the desire to read the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin this weekend after attempting and failing the last time. I suppose every book has a time and a place in our lives. With the want and desire to get my life back under my own control “take responsibility” as it were, reading the Happiness Project fit right in this time around. I was able to get through it quite quickly and picked up many helpful ideas.
A must for every action plan are mottos or commandments, per se. Depending on the length of your plan, you have to keep yourself motivated and on track.
Steps and goals must be small, measurable and attainable. In other words, don’t look at the big picture each month. Look at it when you first start your plan, then go back to it only at times of negativity or when you need reminding. You must stay positive! Knowing the end result keeps you positive!
Tips and Tricks for starting your own Happiness Project from Gretchen’s site: http://www.happiness-project.com/get-started/get-started/