Every year I sit down and scribble out a couple of things I hope to accomplish during the year ahead. Every year I also seem to not put much thought into my resolution as I usually stick to generic goals like lose weight, work out more and find a new job.
This year I wanted to something a little different…. This year I actually wanted to write my goals out in an area where everyone can share in my goals and not just my journal. This year, I also put some serious thought into my resolution.
For 2013 I want to be more accepting of change and not to fear some of life’s uncertainties. I want to relish in new opportunities and take chances.
2013 is also the year I turn 30 years old and I want to be proud of my accomplishments in life this far and be open to what the next 30 years may bring.
I want to follow my heart more and stop giving into my over-analytical brain, it’s keeping me from following my passions and what makes me truly happy every day.
In normal Aries fashion… I love starting a hundred projects and maybe half get done when I want them to. So as I embark on my final year of my twenties, I have made it a goal to learn to focus on a few tasks at a time and not to start something new until I have completed something.
My goal for April is to finally get a handle on making and sticking to my budget. I was introduced to Mint, but wasn’t using it often enough to really get an accurate gauge on my spending. Finally the last few months I have been learning a lot about how make a budget and track it correctly.
Here are some tips to help get spending under control:
- The last week of the month, I start looking at what I have going on the next month. (bills, special engagements and other things that might cause unusual spending)
- Make a list of your bills and what needs to be set aside for that. (I make a spreadsheet with amount and dates so I always have it and it is easy to follow)
- Estimate money spent on food, gas and other necessities.
- Anything left over can be budgeted for entertainment and savings. (I automatically include savings in my budget so I can start building my saving instead of just using what is left)
- Check budget and recalculate often… (I check Mint almost as often as I check my bank account. I make sure things are categorized were I instead for them to be and that I am on track with my spending)
With all my do-diligence I am going to end my month on a high note and in the green instead of the red. Now that I got my budgets all set-up and accurately tracking how I would like them to, I can start focusing some of my attention on the next thing I want to accomplish.
Today was the day I get myself back on track… I always want to work on a million projects, but that doesn’t work out at all. So instead of trying to tackle a bunch of big projects, little goals are definitely working out much better.
So far today I have-
Now I’m getting the chance to actually write. I usually spend too much time thinking about what I need or what I want to do, but today I just did it and I had a pretty damn productive day.
Here’s to getting out and just doing what you’ve always wanted to and just letting life happen.