I have to say, I have been busier in the past two and a half weeks than I have been in a very long time. I’m working 7 days a week (which is fairly typical for me), but on top of that I’ve been doing planning for summer camp about 3 hours each evening as well. Even as I type this I’m waiting for a meeting about camp to begin. Anyway, all of this is not to complain or say “oh, look me, I’m sooo busy”; it’s to say “holy crap! This is taking a toll on my finances!
A lot of times when I’m busy I think how great it is, because I have no time to spend money by going shopping, going out with The Banker, or even to go see a movie. But it’s a funny monster – I seem to be dropping cash all over the place, mainly on food. When I’m this busy, I hardly have time to think about eating until I’m starving, and at that point all I want to do is pick something up. I will admit, part of it is laziness, but a big part of it is the idea that it’s fast and easy. I can pick something up, eat it quickly, and then move on to my next task.
Take today for instance. I got up at a decent hour, had breakfast and got ready, but I was too slow for my own good and didn’t pack a lunch. That means that after a full day of teaching I went to Wendy’s, paid $11 for a salad and a drink, and rushed to the office for my meeting. Clearly, if I had thought ahead enough I could have made a quick lunch, but I’m bad for that. (I’m REALLY not a morning person.) And normally I would just make something when I got home, but having to head to a meeting almost right away made that impossible.
I guess what I’ve determined is that I’m not very good at anticipating my needs. I need to work on figuring out what I will need in the upcoming hours, days, and weeks, and use what free time I do have to plan ahead and prepped things so that I don’t end up frivolously spending money that I really don’t need to spend!
How do you stay on track when you’re busy? I need some tips!