By Jeff Jones, MS
I’m guilty. I start my day off with a mental, and sometimes a written, list of things I need or want to accomplish. Some days, I get sidetracked by checking my email, a phone call, a hallway conversation. I stop to answer a text about today’s soccer game. I pick up a periodical to read an article that caught my attention. On and on and on…The next thing I know, it’s the lunch hour and my list hasn’t been touched.
Good intentions. Bad implementation.
And so it goes with our financial life. We mean to complete our wills, update our insurance, rollover that 401(k), and on and on and on. We convince ourselves that we’ll get it done…eventually, but here we are and our list is still sitting there waiting for action.
Author Seth Godin says it like this:
The next thing you do today will be the most important thing on your agenda, because, after all, you’re doing it next.
Well, perhaps it will be the most urgent thing. Or the easiest.
In fact, the most important thing probably isn’t even on your agenda.
What is so important that you can’t afford to put it off one more day? Sure, it might be something financially-related such as updating your will. [You do have a basic will in place, don’t you?!] Or maybe it’s playing kitchen with your daughter, calling your mother, preparing for an upcoming presentation.
On a side note, the title references Dug the talking dog from Disney Pixar’s Up. Here’s a clip for reference. Cracks me up every time.
Jeff Jones is a part of the planning team at Longview Financial Advisors in Huntsville, Alabama. He is a graduate from the University of Alabama with a Masters in Financial Planning as well as a candidate for CFP Board certification. Visit “Our Team” to learn more about him and other team members at Longview. Jeff can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com
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