Give up dessert for a lifetime? No way. Give up dessert for a week? Possible.
Just to be clear, I have not given up dessert. Not even for a week. But, I have been giving up other things that are bad for me. The easy part is this: I’ve only committed to giving them up for a week at a time.
The first bad habit I quit for a week was Google News. Google News being my homepage, it was a constant source of information. Too much information, it turns out. Because every time I wanted to look up something quickly, I got sucked in by my homepage. Fifteen or twenty minutes would pass by unnoticed. When you do this 3 or 4 times a day, that’s time that adds up. Being informed is important; being over-informed is a waste of time. That was two weeks ago, and I haven’t felt the need to set it up as my homepage again…yet.
The second negative item I gave up was Facebook (except once to post this article!). It will come as no surprise the many hours that I have regained of my life, even just for a week. The week is up tomorrow. And while I can’t see myself being off Facebook forever, I now know I can stay away for days at a time without any detrimental effects.
In fact, life has become noticably better. For one, I have way more time. I’ve even picked up my old guitar and have been plunking away on it – something I never had time for (or so I thought), before. Side note: for those interested in teaching yourself guitar, even if you’ve never held a guitar in your life, try all the free beginner lessons on this amazing site www.justinguitar.com.
I also revel in my newfound willpower. I like that I can stay away from these things. And while cutting down my coffee intake hasn’t officially been on the list yet, I notice I’m drinking less of it. I just feel more capable.
Since this is a personal finance blog, I do need to bring this back to managing your money. Changing certain money habits for a whole lifetime might seem impossible. But what about for a week? For one week could you…
1. Bring your lunch instead of buying?
2. Not buy clothes?
3. Commute to work via public tranportation?
4. Limit yourself to $20 in discretionary spending?
5. Track all your expenses?
Small tangible actions beat grandiose intentions every time. Good luck.