Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SmallNotebook.org: Add Grace to Your Budget

What a great concept! To sum up, SmallNotebook recommends keeping a buffer in your monthly budget to cover those things that you weren't expecting but which aren't quite emergencies (parking ticket, library fines, etc). If you don't use it, transfer it into savings, but most importantly, don't beat yourself up. Life is too short.

I really needed to hear this today. I've been stressed out by papers due, a heavy load at work, a tight budget, an upcoming trip, and a stack of Must Read Books that I can't seem to make any headway on. I'm going to stop beating myself up for not accomplishing everything I should (or that I FEEL I should) and start taking small steps.

I'm going to start getting up an hour earlier to work on the big paper that's due in nine days. This should allow me to finish it with little stress. I'm going to stop trying to multi-task and just go down my to-do list and do one thing at a time until everything's finished. I'm going to be honest about the things that I just can't accomplish as this class winds up, and that means book club books, blog posts that have been percolating in my mind, and probably a good deal of housecleaning. Oh, well. Life's too short and I'm only one person. In two weeks, this class will be over and I won't have to stress about the papers anymore.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much, I'm glad you found it encouraging.


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