This is a follow-up post to You manage what you measure. That post explains the why. This post explains the how.
Making a visual aid is the quickest ways to shed some fat off your financial avatar. My favorite is the chart.
If the visual looks pretty, I, for one, am more inclined to update it. Put some effort into making your goals a reality. This is relatively small effort for potentially large rewards.
- Enough of your financial data to answer just two questions. How much money came IN to my life last month? How much money went OUT of my life last month?
- 2 different colored writing utensils
- I used to use plain poster board, but this ghost grid poster board makes updating the chart accurately so easy and so pretty.
Step 1) Draw an x/y-axis on your poster board with the ruler. The x-axis will measure points in time and the y-axis will represent amounts.
Step 2) Look through the paperwork from the last month of your life and calculate two numbers: How much money came into and how much money went out of your life in the last month.
Step 3) Plot the numbers on your chart. Use a different color for each number.
Step 4) Tape the poster somewhere you will see it most days (I use my closet door).
Step 5) Live your life for approximately 28-31 days.
Step 6) Recalculate and plot those two numbers again.
Step 7) Remind yourself daily – Money in MUST be more than money out.
Step 8) Repeat Steps 5-7.
Step 9) Eat a lot of peaches. (You never make it to step 9)
Numbers don’t lie. Awareness of your finances is half the battle.