Now that the large butt picture got your attention…
You all know that is how this blog got started, right?
It’s 2019. Time for some new ideas! I am not on board with trying to do something every day this year. But maybe more monthly goals? Or quarterly?
Here we go. A few ideas:
Organize pictures. They are on an external hard drive and this laptop and my phone and my husband’s phone and his laptop and his external hard drive. Blerg. I love/hate pictures. I don’t even know what I mean by “organize”. Delete a million of them- sure. Maybe put them in books? That seems like a pipe dream. Someone boss me around. I hate this one. Where do I start? How? HELP.
Pick a budget software. We hopped back on the budget train a few years ago. We keep an excel spreadsheet with our spending categories and at the beginning of every month I spend an hour or two looking at all of our spending from the previous month and seeing how over/under our budget we were. I know there are systems like YNAB and Mint but I’ve resisted. I’m ready to stop resisting. Which system should we use? How does it work with Amazon purchases that fall into all these different categories?
Save for projects and pay up front. Remember the budget? It’s great to have an excel spreadsheet that allocates your money into categories, but it only works if you actually curb your spending to the allocated amounts. Crazy, right?
This year we had multiple things that we sprung for, without having the money set aside ahead of time. For example, we bought a used van in January of last year. We knew we’d want one eventually and we were saving toward it, but then suddenly I couldn’t tolerate the clown car any longer. I didn’t want to wait until we saved the other few thousand dollars- I wanted a van and I wanted it now. We found a Honda Odyssey on Craigslist, bought it, and paid it off a few months later– no big deal. But we did that with a few projects and purchases like that. So then we had a few things we were trying to pay off month to month.
This year I’d like to delay the gratification and save up the money before making the purchase. Like- we’d like to work on our driveway this year. Right now it’s a mud pit, and I could call a guy we know and have him fix it in a day. But that’s a project I’d like to actually save up for and pay for up front.
Eat more vegetables. I sort of cycle through this one. I’ll kill it for a while, then get tired of chopping a bazillion fresh veggies every week, so I’ll fall off the wagon. Not sure if I should track this in some way or quantify it… Sort of a vague goal otherwise, isn’t it?
Maintain limits on my iPhone. Because no one says “I hope my kids can look back on their childhood and always remember me on my phone.”
A major pull of my phone is when I want to escape and tune out. When my kids are happy and low maintenance (like the past two weeks when they’ve been with cousins/grandparents/aunts and uncles) I have less I want to tune out. So this week I feel great about phone use. It’s the new year! The world is my oyster!
But there are plenty of weeks I don’t feel great about it. I read this article and implemented a lot of the suggestions. I know that the novelty of most of them will wear off in a few weeks. And then what? Implement new suggestions? Burn my phone?
I’d love to hear 1) how you can rescue me from dying under a virtual mound of digital photos, 2) what budget program you use and 3) how you set and maintain healthy limits with your phone.