The first thing I ask new Money Boss readers is to develop a personal mission statement. I want them to discover a goal that will keep them motivated long-term, keep them trudging to work every day, keep them saving half their income. What will prompt them to ignore the things modern society says you have to have in order to be happy?
By getting clear on the one thing that matters most to you, it’s so much easier to make smart choices with money, time, fitness, and more. When you know what you really want, everything else is noise.
Recently, I’ve come to realize this same idea can be applied on a smaller scale to everyday circumstances: Whenever you face a mountain of choices, whenever life becomes overwhelming, you can use the “One Thing” principle to give you focus.
The New Normal
On June 29th, after fifteen months and four days traveling the U.S. in our RV, Kim and I arrived home to Portland. In our overly-optimistic minds, we both believed we’d be back to normal work routines by July 1st. Hahahahaha! We were wrong.
The first complication came with fur:
Three weeks before the end of our journey, we picked up a puppy from my cousin in northeast Oklahoma. Tahlequah — named for the town in which she was born — is a good dog…but she’s only four months old. As a high-energy hound, she needs three hours of exercise and attention every day. Sometimes more.
After arriving home, we had to unpack. Three times. Before I could work on Money Boss and Kim could work on her projects, we had to not only extract all of our stuff from the motorhome, but also sort through dozens of boxes we’d crammed into my office before we left. (Our house-sitters had access to the rest of the condo, but we converted my office to a shared storage space.) Plus we had to unpack stuff from the storage unit we’d rented when Kim and I joined households a few years ago.
Meanwhile, our friends wanted to see us. Colleagues wanted favors. We wanted to get back on an exercise program. (During fifteen months on the road, we both packed on the pounds. Now we’ve returned to Crossfit and paleo, and the weight is falling off.) We needed to go shopping. We needed to repair and/or replace all of the many things that managed to break while we were gone. We needed to fix up the Mini Cooper and sell the motorhome. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
Simply put: After we got home, we were overwhelmed. I, especially, bounced from one thing to another without ever finishing any particular task. If this was our new normal, it sucked. Something had to change. [Read more…]