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2009 New Years Resolution “Theme”

I’m a little late getting to this post, but its better late than never, and I’ve already been actively following my 2009 theme…”waste”.

Waste Less Time

One of the biggest things I wasted in 2008 was time.  I not only squandered my time doing stuff that wasn’t productive, but I also failed to record time that I had worked on various projects throughout the year.  My clients may be happy with that, but it definitely doesn’t make me happy knowing that I worked on something that I was being paid for, and I didn’t account for the time spent as I should have, thus, losing money!

My goal to waste less time this year is to take advantage of my Google Calendar and my Freshbooks desktop widget.  My Google Calendar will help me schedule out all the time in my day, and my Freshbooks desktop widget will help me calculate my time easily and automatically add it to my invoices under each project.

Waste Less Recyclables

I’m completely guilty of having a blue recycle bin on the side of the house, and having it dumped 1 out of 3 times that the green (regular trash) can gets dumped.  This is not because I forget to put it out (even though I do that too), its because I have been in the habit all my life to just throw away everything in the trash.  Uh…times have changed…a lot of stuff is recyclable…time to get with the program.

My goal to waste less recyclables is to focus a little more effort when heading to the trash.  It honestly takes a few seconds to say “is this recyclable?” and to walk to the recycle bin and put it in there instead of the trash.

Waste Less Money

Uh…yeah.  I’ve been guilty of this since I figured out how to make money as a kid doing errands around the house.  I remember all those times I’d have money burning a hole in my pocket at the ice cream truck to buy candy before school.  It only escalated from there…remember…I’ve had 15 cars in a little over 10 years…LOL.

My goal to waste less money is to hold back any urge to spontaneously buy things – I ultimately think that’s my biggest downfall.  I do freak out a lot more these days when trying to buy something over $200 or so, but still, its the little stuff that adds up.  I don’t make nearly as much money as I used to, so this is definitely something that I need to focus on, because I’d rather have a little bit of cash to use to go on trips to new places and so forth.

So that’s it…and now I need to figure out how I can effectively track this so I can see progress…because trying to track something without measurements…is like not tracking it at all – you don’t get to see any progress!

PS…I’d like to thank the toilet in the Kitchen Upstairs in Boulder, CO with the little “half flush” button next to the “full flush” button thing for sparking this whole idea!  And yes…I pushed the “half flush”… :-)

Comments

  1. WC says:

    Half flush? Interesting concept.
    As for tracking, I know that some online banking systems will let you categorize your spending so this would be a good place to start. I use this with Wells Fargo and get a punch in the gut when I see my totals in the “Entertainment” category (which covers everything from my netflix account to those many many many shots at MonkeyPants).

  2. Well I certainly agree with you on the recyclables as I’ve noticed the “recycle bin” in the garage is almost always full and it’s always trash – I usually take the direct to blue bin approach myself.

    As for tracking or being better with money… that’s one of my downfalls as well. I think you have one but if you don’t, get a Mint.com account to help with that – if you use it properly (which I don’t) it will tell you a whole hell of a lot of information. I have a draft in my “blog” (ya ya I know) regarding something similar to this topic you may like to read once it ever comes out lol.

    Oooh Oooh… I’ve got a GREAT idea on saving money… Stop Smoking! And I’m not only eluding to the cost of each pack, but the cost of health care in your far too near future. And speaking of flush… my toilet takes 2 flushes everytime to work… something to think of lol. My button only says 2x flush not 1/2 flush.

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