Blog: The Nature of Being Organized
Do you spend consciously or unconsciously? Staying alert to how you are spending your money, especially given the current economic climate is key to the quality of your life. There are three major spending habits that can wreak havoc on your well-being and your pocketbook. Do you engage in any of them?
Habit #1: Bargain store spending. If you love a bargain, but don't know where this bargain is going to live when you get it home or you don't have an immediate use for it, it becomes instant clutter. You might as well write "clutter" on the shopping bag. Is the bargain worth your freedom and spaciousness?
Habit #2: Spending to feel good. We live in an instant gratification world where we are conditioned to believe that our happiness is found outside of us. We believe that having the biggest house, the latest technology fads, the finest clothes and the fanciest car will make us popular, accepted and valued. You learn that your worth is in your stuff. So when you're a little down because your day isn't going exactly as you want it to go or life isn't treating you fairly, you go shopping! The price you can pay for impulsive shopping is the guilt, overwhelm and frustration that comes when you find yourself in debt. Shopping to feel good most always leads to feeling bad.
Habit #3: Unintended spending. When you're not paying attention to your interactions, checkbook balances or to the due dates on bills it can cost you in being shortchanged, overdraft charges, or late fees. Unintended spending can eventually impact your credit history which can impact your ability to borrow money in the future for a new car or a new home.
If the current economy has any value to us at all it's to make us more aware of how we relate to money. This week bring some focus to what you spend and where you spend it. Notice without judgment and without changing anything. Go about your usual routine with a heightened awareness. At the end of the week assess and then decide if you need to make changes.
Love To You,
posted on: 10/29/2009 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.