Recently I heard someone speak and they said that they manage their life according to their calendar. The speaker said that each day they evaluate where they are going, why they are going, and what will happen when they go. This individual asks all of these questions because they understand the importance of managing their time wisely. We only get 24 hours per day, so we have to protect that time and be strategic about how we spend our time.
One of the other benefits of managing our calendar is that it helps us to avoid mindless spending on convenience items. One of the problems that I encountered when my calendar was full was that my food costs went up. I ended up arriving home late, so I couldn’t cook dinner. I found myself running so much over the weekend that I couldn’t even do my food prep for the week which would help me to avoid buying takeout throughout the week. Besides, even if I did have something prepared, chances are I would end up buying a lunch that I could eat quickly in the car between meetings or I would forget my lunch at home because I was moving so quickly in the morning.
My packed calendar not only impacted my budget, it also impacted my ability to eat healthy. I know that my story isn’t unique. Recently I read an article that said that the reason why Americans are overweight is the same reason why Americans are broke – they spend too much money on take out. So, how do we help to mange this problem?
Next time you agree to place something on your calendar, remember this post and then re-think whether you can pass. Be sure to leave a comment to let me know what you are going to do differently.
Aisha Taylor is a #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the book “5+5 FNPhenomenal Ways to Save $100 This Week Without Killing Your Lifestyle”, and the Founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal –n- Phenomenal). FNPhenomenal helps women to break the vicious cycle of making money, but not keeping it. FNPhenomenal provides education about money management, empowers women to take control of their lives, develop a healthier relationship with money, and pursue being phenomenal.