Seems like every time I try to get my life in order, I try to do everything at once, and end up crashing and burning. So I think it’s time to lay things out slowly, so that I develop some positive habits and maintain life at the standard I like it.
1. Have my house back to “maintenance” level by September 17. That give me four solid weeks to both scrub down the sty, and put my cooking/cleaning routines back in place. It’s unfortunate that when I don’t clean, don’t nobody clean – but it’s not actually that bad when I keep up with it regularly. I’ll also be pricing out housekeepers as part of this strategy. I can’t have the house falling apart every time I have a busy week. Not that I’m extra messy when I’m busy, but I don’t have time to pick up after the roommate too – and things pile up and the clean disappears very quickly. The roommate will be paying for this service, since she’s the reason I’m even considering it.
2. Get my physical well-being back on the map. This includes preparing for, starting and sticking to Weight Watchers when my at work program starts on September 23. Also, signing up for fall Yoga (starting in September) and going to the gym here 4 days a week (starting around the same time as WW). I’m currently trying to figure out if I can afford a session or 3 with a personal trainer, to put together a good routine for my current physical condition and goals. Which brings us to…
3. Get my finances in order. Being unemployed always throws a bit of a wrench into things – and I made a few dumb mistakes with my loans that screwed me over. I also got all giddy about getting a new job, and overconfident about the “3 paycheque month.” These all compounded to put a higher balance than I’m comfortable with on my credit cards, so I’m eschewing all but the necessary spending in order to pay those down as soon as possible. I just need to figure out what exactly I deem necessary. I’m quite anxious about this process, and want to get it started ASAP – though I think to be successful, it’s going to have to wait until November to really get started. I’m going to track all of my spending in September, and make a more realistic budget for Nov.
Any ideas or suggestions for making this happen more successfully than it has before?