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Mindful : February 2019
MONTHLY Money Practice TIME 45 minutes-1 hour WHAT Take this time to check in with your money mind-set, your monthly spending, and your bigger financial goals. HOW Love up your space. Take good care of yourself, first: do a body check-in, adjust your environment as needed. Purge any clutter or mess in your physical space: get rid of files you no longer need; donate, gift, or trash items in your way. When we free up our space, we often access more energy, enthusiasm, and flow. Reconcile your accounts. Go through your monthly bank statements and make sure all of your transactions have been recorded in your tracking system. If it automatically syncs with your bank, it’s still a good idea to look at each transaction to catch any errors, recurring charges, or duplicates. View and review. For the first few months, simply track and witness your financial behavior and patterns without making changes to them. Make gen- tle, direct contact with your financial repor ts. Print them out or look at them on-screen in your tracking system. After you’ve tracked things for a good three to six months, look at your income for the month. Is it steady, or has it changed? Do you notice any big patterns here? Notice how you feel about the numbers, and to what extent your work feels in align- ment with your values. Celebrate your successes, and note what you’d like to change, moving forward. Now, review your expense cate- gories. What goals and intentions got attention (and funding) this month? Take a deep breath, and ask yourself which of your deep values you have honored in your spending, and which you’d like to spend more suppor ting. Again, celebrate your successes, and ever-so -gently inquire into any goals you didn’t meet. You may also choose to compare this month’s data to the previous month’s. Notice any change, any trends (increasing or decreasing numbers). Stay as compassionate as you can—this is a work in progress! Refine your plan. Do you want to shift your income, expenses, savings, investing, or debt repayment goals? Where do you need to allocate more funds, and which areas could stand some defunding? Celebrate! Shower yourself with appreciation for your courage, discipline, and openness. Set your intention to stay current with your tracking and other practices, and set a date for your next monthly practice. ANNUAL Review TIME 1.5-3 hours WHAT Once a year (or every six months), you will gently and compassionately review the year that you just lived. HOW Follow the same process as the monthly practice, but instead of looking at just one month, you will review the entire year, at once. Connect with what phase of life you are in, what is most important to you now, and where you are headed. Take stock of what the preceding year (or six month period) has been all about in the grand vision of your life, and do your best to set intentions for the year to come, knowing that you can’t know everything that will happen. ● From The Art of Money by Bari Tessler © 2018. Excerpted with permission of Parallax Press. February 2019 mindful 63