Paying attention to your money is by far one of the best things you can do for your financial situation. That’s because what gets measured, matters, and the things you focus on improving usually do improve.
Unfortunately, the reverse is not the case. Things you ignore don’t go away. Instead, they often fester and get worse.
Like my finances for the past month.
Turning a Blind Eye
You don’t want to see my desk right now. It looks someone backed up a dump truck to it and unloaded the contents of a document retention center on it.
Seriously. I have no idea what’s on there, or what’s going on with my money right now.
Luckily, I have all of my bills automated except for car insurance and Sprint (although Sprint is supposed to be – maybe it worked this month — I sure don’t know!)
I’ve just been so busy lately that everything else has fallen by the wayside, even much of my sleep. And that’s bad.
Paying the price
The price of disorganization can be high. There are missed deadlines and opportunities, extra fees, and delayed plans.
For me the strangest part is that I literally have no idea what I’ve spent this month, or on what. And I don’t know if the money sitting in my checking account is available to spend. I also haven’t sent anything extra to the mortgage (although my husband has, yay!)
All in all, it’s just very disconcerting.
But I’ll dig out, and if nothing else, I now appreciate even more how much paying attention to your money can do.
What about you? Have you ever lost your desk under a pile of paperwork?Posted in Money Management on 03.09.12 with 18 comments.