Yesterday, I wrote about my attempts to remember an important Message to Self, whenever I’m feeling down, depressed, or discouraged, which involved storing this message in a special place.
Today, I moved the Box With The Message, so it can be closer at hand.
I don’t want to lose track of it.
I needed to pay some bills today. I just finished scheduling some on-line payments.
One of these bills — my electric bill — is going to be late, as usual. Arrghh! I know why this is. It’s because my way of remembering to pay bills is outmoded.
This is the out-dated process of bill-paying I use:
- I have it in my head that I should pay all my bills on the 23rd of each month.
- Starting around the 18th, I start to ask myself whether it’s time to pay my bills.
- I don’t actually pay my bills, I just ask myself that question every day.
- On the 23rd, I remember that this technique is based on a time in my life that — if I mailed all my bills on the 23rd — they would all get paid in time.
- I delay doing anything about this for a day or two, because I now pay most bills on-line, and the Big Bills are all due by the 1st.
- Around the 25th of the month, I schedule the on-line bill payments.
- I feel guilty and stoopid, because — as always — I am late with the electric bill, which is actually due in the middle of the month.
Well! That was cathartic (if embarrassing) — to actually write down my Out-Moded and Not Particularly Effective Process for Paying My Bills.
I think I want to make a change in my life, people.
This is what I am proposing: when a bill comes in the mail, I will immediately rip open the bill and schedule the payment on-line.
Wow! That would sure save me a lot of wasted steps, time, and anxious energy.
And now that I’ve committed to doing that, here, I can feel a change coming on.
I will keep you posted.
Thanks for reading (and witnessing my process of change).