So, I’ve been really bad about writing lately. I started out thinking I could get at least 2 posts up each week – that quickly got knocked down to 1. Now, I think I’ve fallen more towards the monthly column. For shame! Quite honestly, the way things have been going – I’m not making any promises that things will change, but maybe I just need to change my perspective. I’m trying to be more active on Twitter, and would love to Guest Post more often, too!
Sitting back and reflecting, it’s pretty easy to see some ties to my blog writing and personal finance – after all, I’m here to give some PF perspective, right? Momentum is a powerful friend or foe, depending on which way the wind is blowing. How do you mitigate the effects of momentum? Discipline.
If you’ve ever read anything about personal finance, or traversed some of the major sites in the personal finance blogosphere, you’ve probably noticed a disciplined community. There’s some pretty motivated individuals out there! I might be the exception. Inherently, I’m not very disciplined. It takes a looong time for me to develop a sense of routine. I’m lucky – despite my past financial struggles, I was able to establish discipline through debt counseling and personal finance education and turn things around. Discipline gave me the power to stop the momentum sweeping things away in the wrong direction.
If you’re not an inherently disciplined individual, it can be almost impossible to start a new routine and stick to it. The perfect situation won’t occur. Your schedule won’t magically open up. There will always be ONE more reason to put something off!
The busy digital landscape is a procrastinator’s dream (or nightmare, depending on how you look at it). Time management is becoming more and more important. All these things require the development of discipline. Which, ironically, also requires discipline…
If you’ve been putting off creating a budget, or reevaluating your expenses, take advantage of your next burst of productivity. Set deadlines, and segment the project with benchmarks. Set priorities – sometimes you can’t do everything on your list, but don’t let that stop you from doing something!
So, what does this mean about my blogging? Well, I’m in the midst of reevaluating my priorities, so no promises for now! You might see more “snippet” thought-based posts – or links to articles I find particularly valuable. I’ve enjoyed putting together quotes that I find inspirational – so I might try to make that a weekly feature. I’ll try to get back on a schedule, but don’t hold me to it overnight! In the meantime…
What have you been procrastinating on? What’s the one thing that’s stopping you?