Do I Have to Spend Money On it To Make Sure I Do It?

Feb 08

My gym offers free Pilates classes. (Actually, they’re included in the membership, which means “free” in my book.) Not much gear is involved in these classes–a mat or a small inflatable ball—but you get a great workout.

They also offer smaller classes where a trainer leads the group in doing Pilates using machines called “Reformers.” These classes are good, too, slightly better than the “free” ones, but they cost extra money.

 Guess which classes I actually show up to? Yep, not the free ones.   

 I’m also taking a meditation class. No gear at all needed here, so clearly I could do this myself. This class is by voluntary donation. But you don’t have to donate. I donate. In fact, I donate a bit more than feels comfortable; but it’s still not a lot of money.

 Guess how many of these meditation class sessions I’ve missed? In the last five months, I’ve missed two sessions, one because I goofed up the time, and the other because of a work appointment. Otherwise, I’m there.

I pay Credible Communications to help me with this newsletter. And it gets out, twice a month, without fail.

I don’t pay anyone to help me with my blog or Facebook posts. Hence…

Do I have to pay someone to help me with everything?

Not quite. Evidently I only have to pay for help on things that are the “Important, Not Urgent.”

Everything else seems to get done, or skipped–whatever seems right.  

I guess it comes down to my figuring out what’s really important, and then if I have to spend money on it to get it done, I do that. If something is important, it’s worth spending money on. And when I do spend money on something, I show up for it. 

What’s your experience? Are you more accountable to things, classes, projects, etc. that you have to pay for? I’d love to hear. Comment below.

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7 comments

  1. I don’t necessarily thing spending is needed to get things done. But a routine certainly helps.

    For example, if I have to ‘find time’ to get something done, I have found that I will likely not get the task completed.

    So for anything repetitive, I make it part of a routine. Since I still work “in,” or “for” my business, while I also “run” my business, I generally split each day up into appropriately-sized parts to accomodate both needs. Part of each day always involves getting the business-running tasks done (like writing invoices, and paying bills) while the other part of the day is left for working “for” my clients.

    Less frequent tasks also get regular attention. Things like monthly reports (while they might be included as part of “business-running” tasks) get roughly the same day each month (with execptions for holidays, etc) so that they get done.

    I haven’t quite mastered planning for the longer time-frame tasks yet. April tax filing day still manages to sneak up on me every year. But I am getting better at it.

    Perhaps a mix of routine and payment-required reminders (along with incentives like doing something enjoyable after getting a task done) and penalties for not getting things done (like the penalties for missing tax deadlines!) can all be put together to help keep us on track.

    Fred Hepperle

  2. Hi all,

    I loved this reminder about what how to get my priorities straight. At different times I have been both efficient and effective. Far better to be effective in my mind and part of that is being clear about what my priorities are. They are based on my values so the priorities are my spirituality, my family and my work.

    When I for example put work above my spirituality I tend to be far less effective. And the same if I put it above my family.

    Lately I have been struggling with my time and figuring this out. I got some help to use some technology which I think will be useful. The main thing is that I keep my priorities straight and then the time issues take care of themselves.

    thanks for the opportunity to comment on this topic.

    Willie

  3. This newsletter is so timely. I now pay an assistant to help me get organized. She also holds my hand (not literally) when I have tough emotional hurdles to cross like applying for something I’m terrified of getting rejected by.

    I just this second emailed a woman about helping me put together a power point slide show. That’s a big deal b/c I “should” be able to do it on my own.

    Finally, I’m on the verge of getting my cleaning lady to come weekly as opposed to every other week. With three dogs, I know once I do it, I’ll wonder how I ever got by with any less.

    Thanks for the great reminders, Christy.

    • I was writing about this again this morning and even the part you mentioned, Susan, about I “should” be able to do (pretty much) everything by myself. Here’s my revelation: Weaknesses are job descriptions for other people.

  4. I have been overwhelmed with disorganization lately. To the average bear I would appear to be quite together and manage to accomplish a great deal. The truth is I didn’t have time to write a “to do” list in two weeks at work. My meeting notes are in various steno pads. I have paper files and electronic folders…I am drowning in too much information.
    Okay, solution = buy a tablet, so I talked about this for two weeks. I am scared to have one more thing to have to check. I have two phones, two emails, and one me. I am not sure I now important from urgent some days. When you postpone important it become urgent eventually, right? Help me.

    • I feel your pain. I have come to terms with the fact that there are some strengths I don’t have, and one of those is organizational skill. So I have gotten help–an assistant who is a master at organization. It has made a huge difference.

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