Balancing Your Calendar

By David Geller   |   June 24, 2013

I use Quicken to help me balance my checkbook.  Initially, I balanced my checkbook to make sure the bank wasn’t somehow cheating me.  40 years later, I have yet to uncover a single bank error.

I have uncovered something far more important, a clear sense of where I am spending my money. And sometimes, I realize that my spending and my life priorities are out of sync.  I am spending too much money on stuff, and not enough on experiences that enrich my life. I am saving too much for tomorrow, and  not spending enough today on activities where I feel fully alive.

Today, I also balance my calendar to make sure I am not cheating myself.  And all too often, I find all sorts of errors.  Simply said, how I spend my time is out of sync with my life priorities.

Two of my life priorities are understanding and accepting myself, and having faith beyond myself.  I spend too much time being busy; not enough time pausing to understand and accept myself.  Too much time worrying and discussing things beyond my control; not enough time cultivating a sense of faith beyond myself.

When was the last time you balanced your calendar?  Are you spending your time in a manner that is consistent with what matters most to you? If not, what small step can you  do to move towards greater harmony between your time and your priorities?


About the Author

CEO David Geller co-founded the firm in 1991 and led the creation of Behavioral Wealth Management. Recognized on numerous prestigious "top financial advisor" lists, David is an in-demand speaker for professional groups and JOYN workshops. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.

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