Writing and recording your actions is the fastest way to change your life. Speaker Tony Robbins says that a life worth living is worth recording. There’s a Chinese proverb that says “The palest ink is better than the best memory.” What’s so important about writing things down? I have been writing for years and when I want to get something done, I write it down. Writing things down not only gives you direction, it gives you a record of your actions and if you miss your mark, you know what to change to get different results.
Writing thing down to improve finances
Want to change your finances quickly? Record every penny you spend and I mean every one. You find out very quickly where you overspend, and if you’re like most people, you automatically curb your spending. Each time we had credit card debt, we posted the total and looked at it daily. Each month, we posted the new balance to see our progress. Watching the dwindling balance was exciting and inspired us to find ways to pay the balance down faster. Our last time in debt, over ten years ago, we paid off over $36,000+ of credit card debt in about two years with a base salary under $65,000. Since then, one son graduated from college without student loan debt. Another will graduate next year without loans and the third is on pace to do the same. Trust me, writing down your finances and keeping track of them works.
Track your time for better productivity
Want to make better use of your time? Write down what you do every minute of every day for a week. It is illuminating and enlightening. The first time I did this, I could not believe the number of hours I watched TV. I marveled at how much more gets done by keeping the TV off for another hour or two each day. The best lesson I learned from this is the magic of focus. When my oldest child was eighteen months old I felt like a failure. I had one child. I stayed at home and couldn’t keep my house in order. What the heck was wrong with me? Nothing, I was failing because I needed a different approach. Writing it down helped me immensely.
Not my mom’s routine
My mom had a daily schedule in her head and kept to it. I hated schedules. They felt restrictive and boring, but we all have routines. Some empower us and some don’t. My excuse for not being productive was that my oldest son hated taking naps and only slept eight hours nightly. We wrestled him to sleep at every nap and bed time, and it was exhausting. We eliminated his nap and he slept two more hours nightly. In those two hours, I made a list of everything I wanted to accomplish and most days I succeeded. Then, when he woke up, I could focus on him without feeling guilty about the state of my home. I still make a daily list and rarely feel guilty about the state of my home. Trust me, that feels great.
Food tracking for weight loss
This year, I am using this strategy to improve my blog and my body. While I have no idea how this will help my blogging journey, the last time I logged my food intake I lost twenty pounds. I hope to lose twice that amount this time and keep it off. Several apps and programs help with that but I have a Fitbit and use their app. As life gets busier I plan to try different home meal delivery services to see if they help with prep and portion control, so stay tuned for reviews of those services. If you have any you particularly like, don’t like or would like me to try, let me know. You can comment on this post or shoot me an email if you are on the email list. That way you’ll have access to all the goodies to come.
Tracking your own success
So, are you ready to make this year one of your best ever? Even if you have resolutions you already left behind, you still have plenty of time to make this a great year. What do you want? Write it down with the steps to get there. Check your progress and adapt as necessary and let me know how it goes. If you’re struggling, shoot me an email, and we will solve it together. As always, thanks for being you and have a great day.Like what you see here? Click here for ways to support the Moving Toward Better mission.