I am a single mom of twins that are Seniors.I travel for work. I have no extended family. I find time is my enemy. I cannot seem to get everything done and keep track of my money and paperwork. I am feeling overwhelmed and disorganized because I AM !!!! I am so tired at the end of the day and have to run to a football game, etc that I am not getting everything done that I should. Now that finances are getting tight due to extra expenses I have to get a grip on it . I have no idea how I got this disorganized. Am I alone? Judy
From: Judy Davis
Wow! We got exhausted just reading your question! In all seriousness, you are NOT alone. One of our founders, Julia, is the mother of twin 6-year-olds. And you just have to look around you to see that we all seem to be in a mad race against time. We have several suggestions:
1. Breathe. You can always make more money but you can't make more time.
2. Give yourself some credit. Don't "should" on yourself. There's no Accountant in the Sky keeping a ledger of what you should and shouldn't be doing.
3. Let your goals, not your to-do list, run your life. Decide what you WANT to do (and not what you think you should do) towards getting things in order. Then take baby steps towards your goals: Set small easily reachable tasks towards organizing your life and finances. Aim for progress, not perfection. By the end of the week, month, year, hopefully, organization should have snuck up on you. You might want to browse your local library for a good book on goal-setting and restoring balance in your life. Treat yourself to some time to read!
And drop into the MoneyPants Lounge (http://moneypants.infopop.cc/eve?cdra=Y&s=1020085852) to meet fellow members who are making their way through life and finances. It'll help you feel less alone and you might pick up a few tips.