Lesson Learned: The System Only Works If You Adhere To The System

I’m a huge geek. If you read this blog on a regular basis, this isn’t news to you.  But there are many subcategories of geekdom. Mine is of the “systems” variety.  I love creating and using systems.

But, as my good friend Dafydd likes to say:

“The system only works if you adhere to the system!”

A brief review of my financial systems from 2010:

system: I set up a great system for bookkeeping to keep track of my income, expenses, CD sales, etc. This is the first year I used spreadsheets instead of pen and paper.

adherence? I did adhere to the system for most of the year. But once I fall off the wagon (usually in the summer), I spend the rest of the year trying to catch up.

system: In May of 2010 I implemented a new system to budget my money, based on this article.

adherence? This plan only lasted a couple months. Once I started making this, I couldn’t keep up with it. I had to spend more than I earned to make the record.

system: At another point in the year I set up a fool-proof system for paying down debt, and I kept track of it on a giant piece of paper overlooking my desk.

adherence? Again, I stuck with it up until I started working on the album.

And so, with the album out of the way, and with renewed enthusiasm, I’m publicly declaring to adhere to these systems in 2011:

  • new debt elimination plan (I’m still working on this one)

This post is in response to today’s Reverb10 prompt: Lesson Learned: What was the best thing you learned about yourself this year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward? (Tara Weaver)

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