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Mindful : February 2019
DAILY Money Practice TIME 5-10 minutes WHAT Save and track your expenses. HOW Find a way to track your spending that feels good to you. Simply pausing and saying, “Yes, I’d like a receipt” at the register can bring a small breath of mindfulness to your money relation- ship. If keeping paper receipts feels too outdated for you, make it a regular practice to check your online balances. Then, ever y day or so, create a peaceful environment for yourself and sync your bank with your bookkeeping system or download your current transactions. Please be on the lookout for any opportunity to congratulate your- self for money work, large or small. Gift yourself a sweet Huzzah! each time you complete a round of entering your receipts or remember to do a body check-in. These simple acknowledg- ments reinforce your progress and keep you on track. WEEKLY Money Practice TIME 20-30 minutes WHAT This is your time to do a “financial house- cleaning”: You’ll survey your practical landscape, clean things up, and make small course corrections. HOW Review your daily steps. Think back over the previous week and take note of how many times you did your daily practices, how that felt to you, what suppor ted or hindered your success, and anything you may want to shift. You may decide to lower your expectations one rung and aim for an every-other-day practice. Or, you might decide it’s time to set firmer personal boundaries. Remem- ber to be open and lighthear ted here. Get current with filing. Enter and file any remaining receipts from the week, check your balances, make deposits, and review your transactions for anything unusual or in error. Pay your bills. You might mail checks, pay online, or set up automatic withdrawals. Attend to other money-related matters. Send in health insurance claims, transfer monies between accounts, follow up on that fee waiver at the bank, etc. You might also check for any “money leaks”—expenses you are no longer using (like an old gym member- ship) and attend to these. Create a Money Practice Schedule Your money practice is a golden opportunity to explore and hone compassionate discipline. Schedule weekly and monthly money dates in your calendar, always at the same time, for example. This formality and structure help us carve a new groove where one did not exist and is a good foil for your resistance. You may actually start looking forward to money practices, and even—gasp— doing them for fun. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bari Tessler is a financial therapist, author, and creator of the online Art of Money program at baritessler.com. 62 mindful February 2019 get real