In the book, “Small Habits Big Changes” Steven Handel talks about the importance of making daily routines. He suggests to start out by writing down what a typical day looks like. This is like budgeting in that you would write down what you spend in a week, month or so and figure out what you are doing wrong with your spending by writing down what you spend during those times. In order to make changes I guess you would have to know what you are doing during the day. Are you sleeping too much? Watching tv too much? Spending too much time on social media? He also suggests what a typical week would look like if you do weekly things like laundry, grocery shopping or even going to the gym. He also suggests writing down what is done multiple times a day such as meal time, snacks, dog walks to let fido do its business, or some people even shower multiple times a day. If any of these things are done multiple times a day, Steven suggests that you write it down.
Personally, I don’t do much during the day and that is a bad thing. I do need to do this exercise to figure out where I can make time for routines and not only that but if I could do them for life or at least a pretty long time until other major changes have been made. I have been getting pretty lazy by sleeping too much (thinking there is not much else to do, but in fact everyone knows there is plenty to do one just has to think about it) taking too much time going to restaurants and getting depressed that the apartment is a mess when I could be doing something about that! I should write out what I want out of life more and set some goals to work for. Something that would excite me enough to want to achieve those goals. I need big financial goals too.
Usually, I get up, set my clothes out from the night before so I feel like taking a shower in the morning. I do need an exercise routine. I have a couple of books that I like and could use them to exercise for an hour a day or even just 30 minutes a day. I bought some weights specifically for this book but haven’t gotten around to using them which I should. So, I do need to exercise more, clean more and write in my journal more. I bought specific journals that I like specifically to write in them about my goals and what I want out of life as far as spending my time and my money. I also need to meal plan more so I will stop spending all my money and time eating out. Also, I need to know I have more than just peanut butter sandwiches to live on such as soup and chef Boyardee. I have plenty of eggs to boil and make eggtastics which are like scrambled eggs zapped in the microwave with onion and green pepper if I have enough of those on hand. I did make a dozen of hard boiled eggs and eight hot dogs which I could have on hand as a quick lunch or even as a snack.
I usually go to Hope Center Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm. So, my days are pretty much shot there. I also usually spend an evening at a friend’s apartment so, my evenings are also pretty much shot there. I should have fall back things to do in case I don’t go to Hope center those days or my friend doesn’t invite me over that time or so. I have plenty of reading to do or I could quickly write a song on my guitar. But usually I just spend my time doing nothing and waiting for the day to go by.
I think if I keep writing down what I do during the day I will get it down to a science like a I do my budget. I still have to keep track of my expenses and keep track of my no spend days and my no eating at restaurant days. Right now I dangerously have too much money in my wallet which could easily just be spent on I really don’t know what. I have a budget for myself of only spending 20 dollars a week which I seem to think are for McDonald’s which I have to stop doing. I seem to think that otherwise there is nothing else to spend my money on. My friend is also giving herself an allowance of only 25 dollars a week and she has been pretty good with that. She has an easier time than I do about not eating at restaurants. But she does seem to spend most of her money on vaping. She seems to think that vaping is more important than eating.
If I keep track of my time more I will know what I have time for and what I don’t have time for. I will also be able to know what is a waste of time and what I am wasting my time on. I know I need at least a morning routine and possibly an evening routine. I don’t know if I will have time for an evening routine or if I will be too tired from the end of the day to have an evening routine. Maybe it is something I can work on. I know I have to get back to to do lists and setting mini day goals for myself of what I want to get done that day. I know I don’t like using the lights to stay awake at night but by not using the lights during the day maybe using the lights at night won’t be too much more expensive. I will have to analyze that in my time book the way I analyze my budget book. Time is money.