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Blog: Minimizing Financial Clutter
When Getting Started Is Tough

I've had writer's block for a few weeks. I couldn't think of a thing to write about that would help you minimize your financial clutter.
I still can't.
A few minutes ago, my husband glanced over at my laptop computer and saw that I was playing (yet another) game of solitaire.  He asked me, "Don't you have to write your blog?"  I answered that I did indeed have to write my blog, but that I had writer's block and didn't have anything to write about.  He told me to write my blog anyway to tell you that I can't think of anything profound to tell you.  I told my husband that I thought his idea was pretty ridiculous. 
But he had something profound to tell me:  I didn't have to have an idea before I started to write.  I didn't have to want to write my blog.  I simply had to start writing.
So that is my profound thought for you, dear reader.  You know "that thing" that's bothering you?  I don't know what it is, but you do.  Perhaps it is doing your taxes (which are due on Thursday, by the way).  Perhaps it is purging or filing that mountain of paperwork.  Perhaps it is facing the music about your financial situation.  Whatever "that thing" is for you:
         You don't have to have a detailed plan of attack to get started.  Just get started.
         You don't have to want to do something in order to do it.  (Really, when do you expect to suddenly become motivated to do an unpleasant or overwhelming task?)  You just have to get started, and then keep going.
         Once you get started, it's easier to keep going than you thought it would be.
My husband was right.

posted on: 4/11/2010 11:30:00 AM by Katherine Trezise
category: Finances

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by Katherine Trezise on 4/11/2010 10:43:20 PM:

Karen, congrats on getting started! The anticipation (dread) of starting a task is usually much worse than the task turns out to be.

by Graciela Ortiz-Young on 6/3/2011 1:48:49 PM:

This is absolutely correct. I have been dreading looking thru my income statements, bank stmts, practically everything financial because I just didn't want to face the truth about how much money i was really throwing out every month. Since I read this post two months ago it has really changed my procrastination habit. I'm currently re-organizing my financial life. Thanks so much for this blog, it truly has been an affective tool in my life.

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Minimizing Financial Clutter

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Katherine Trezise is president of Absolutely Organized, based in Baltimore, MD. She is president-elect of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. Katherine holds a masters degree in business administration, is a Certified Professional Organizer® and a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®. Absolutely Organized specializes in helping people organize their homes, paperwork and financial records to make room in their lives for the things, people and activities that are most important to them.

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