Monday, 1 February 2016

Not The Best Start To The Year

In the interests of following through with my new years resolutions to eat less and write more I decided to make myself accountable. So it's the first of Februrary and now it's time to check in and take a look at how much writing I did in The Spirit.

Not a lot. That's the short answer.

Okay it's not quite nothing. I ended up writing around 5k words overall. But it was only one chapter. Which is way down from the one chapter a week I wanted to be doing. I have been kept seriously busy by writing work though. I made quite a good amount last month. Actually if I make that amount every month I'll come close to reaching the tax bracket. But I'll likely never finish a book.

Eating hasn't been going much better either. Extra money comes with extra laziness to me. To that end I have decided to do something special this month. I'm deciding to challenge myself. I'm going to do the Frugal February Challenge as I call it.

Simply put I'm not going to buy any food this month. Well, no food that doesn't come from a supermarket or grocery store. No takeaways, no trips to the store across the road, no nothing. No food expenditures. I'm also going to try and cut back on the personal spending, but with how much I work I have to treat myself every so often.

I just have to do it in ways that don't involve pizza and burgers.

Man I ain't looking forward to weighing myself.

9 comments:

  1. "but with how much I work I have to treat myself every so often."
    As you've experienced, rewarding yourself for work is a slippery slope towards rewarding yourself too much. Try not to work for the reward, but let the work self be its reward. You know, feeling good about getting shit done and all that.
    Also yeah "pre-made" food is a pretty big dietary issue, at least as far as I hear from some of my student friends. One of 'em recently had to work with a very tight budget, so he was more or less forced to cook from grocery-store ingredients. Even though his financial troubles are over, he continues cooking all the time because it feels better.

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  2. Eat LESS and write MORE?
    Nuts.
    No wonder my trousers are tight.

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  3. Eat LESS and write MORE?
    Nuts.
    No wonder my trousers are tight.

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  4. It's amazing how much money can unnecessarily go towards food. I once had a coworker that ate out almost every day and complained that he was poor. That was until I showed him, via spreadsheet, that what he was spending on food each month was more than a payment for a brand new car. So good luck! Your waistline AND your wallet will thank you.

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  5. It sounds like staying that busy with writing work is an unexpected bonus for your year, and that can't be discounted!

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  6. That's a great idea to find another way to reward yourself that doesn't involve food!

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  7. I find that when I try to set a writing schedule and stick with it, I never ever manage to actually follow through with it.

    Your spending plan sounds like a good one. Along with eating a bit healthier, you'll have some extra money to spend on fun things.

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  8. Good luck Mark, don't give up!

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  9. Frugal February will take a lot of dedication

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