How many things on your to-do list right now are to do with money? How do you feel when you think about them? Is there a reason you haven’t done them yet?
Chances are you are one of many women who feels anxious around money. Perhaps you have made financial mistakes in the past? Or maybe you think you’re ‘just not a numbers person’?
I recently read that millionaires spend 8 times as many hours per month on managing their money as the average person. I thought about the people I know with good money habits. I mean the sort of people who order smart and tip well, or switch credit cards for a better deal, people who save and invest. These people aren’t spending time on their money because they are wealthy, they are wealthy because they spend time on their money
I’ll be honest, filling out a tax return is not my idea of good time. It probably isn’t your idea of a good time either. But what if it didn’t have to be all bad? What if you set aside a special time every month to hang out with your money for a few hours. What if as well as your bills and bank statements you had a fresh cup of a coffee and something indulgent to eat? What if you found an online playlist with some of your favourite old music? What if instead spreading out all over your desk you pulled the kitchen table over to the window?
What if instead of racing through the standing orders and direct debits to get it done we slow down? Would we start thinking more about saving and investing? Giving more to charity?
Instead of money matters being something I routinely leave until the last minute (or leave to someone else!) I am going to make a date with my money. And once I’ve done that I am going to respect that date. And I am going to enjoy it.
I am going to spend some quality time with my finances. Because that’s what the millionaires do.
Dr Joanna Martin: Founder, oneofmany.co.uk.| Author| Women’s Speaker| Entrepreneur| Ex-doctor| Loud Sister| Baby Wrangler = No professional training but do a fine job nonetheless!