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.
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)