5 Tasks in 5 minutes to improve 5 areas of your finances! (Part #3)

Hey there!

In this blog series, I am examining 5 tasks that you can complete in 5 minutes each to improve 5 different areas of your finances!

I know that many of you need help with reining in your spending and figuring out what to prioritize financially… but you struggle because you just don’t feel like you have the TIME.

I totally get it. Life is BUSY. Life costs MONEY.

BUT EVEN with small bits of continuous dedication, you can still move FORWARD. Even if you only have FIVE minutes every week… Those 5 minutes have a compounding effect.

5 MINUTES PER WEEK ADDS UP TO FOUR HOURS AT THE END OF A YEAR…
5 MINUTES PER DAY ADDS UP TO THIRTY HOURS AT THE END OF A YEAR…

let that sink in.


Goal getter, girl.

This is the fun part. This is where you get to dream BIG. I don’t even want you to think about HOW you are going to achieve the things that you want… I just want you to figure out WHAT you want. There is NO point in stringently saving money if you don’t have anything that you want to spend it on. What are you LIVING for? What do you want to DO with your time on earth? Where do you want to GO? How do you want to GROW as a person? What do you want to LEARN?

We tend to get locked up in a cookie-cutter way of living. I don’t want you to compare your life or your goals to anyone else. If your dreams are unconventional… that’s GREAT. The key here is to be incredibly true to yourself. If you’re a Mom, like me, I know that you probably prioritize your family. I know that you work incredibly hard. I know that “you-time” is a rare commodity. But for this exercise, we need to step outside of our role as a Mother. We need to remember who we are as individuals. Adding to the richness of our lives as individuals will absolutely overflow positivity into our life long journey as a parent and as a partner.

So… tell me what you want. What you REALLY REALLY want.

I want you to write down the following goals:
1) Personal goal to achieve by the end of ONE YEAR
2) Personal goal to achieve in the next FIVE YEARS
3) Personal goal that is ONGOING for LIFE

Now, for the relationships closest to you… (could be your family, close friends…)
1) Common goal to achieve by the end of ONE YEAR
2) Common goal to achieve by the end of FIVE YEARS
3) Common ONGOING goal for LIFE

For each goal, I want you to think of a creative way that you can VISUALIZE it. You could make vision boards, where you cut photos out of magazines that relate to the goal. You could create a desktop background with your goal written on it. You could make a bracelet that you’ll wear to symbolize your goal. Whatever your creative outlet it, I want you to place those goals somewhere that you’ll be reminded of them EVERY SINGLE DAY. For the common goals with the important people in your life, you’ll do this activity together.

Money Area: GOAL SETTING

  • Without goals, you don’t know what you’re working for… or where your money should be prioritized.
  • After you complete the above activity, try turning each of those goals into S.M.A.R.T. goals. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.)
  • These don’t need to be huge, meaningful, epic goals (although they absolutely can be!) Your personal goal could be as simple as earning enough money to get your nails done each month!

This is usually a FUN one to share with the Make Your Money Pretty crew, because you can help each other figure out ways to make your dreams attainable! And sometimes members in the group can even help you on your quest! Collaborating with other crazy-busy-like-minded women is a huge benefit. Come join the group and tell us what fills your dream cup.

Published by theprettymoneyblog

To all you women that are working too damn hard to feel like you’re just getting by paycheque to paycheque… To all you ladies that just don’t have the freaking time for financial jargon and complicated budget systems… ​To all you women struggling to feel in control of your money, ’cause you know you can rock it if you just had a simple map… I see you. I GET you. I'm a busy mom of two boys and a wife to my business partner. I love baseball, red wine, and our family trip to Mexico every year. After more than a decade as a licensed professional in the personal finance industry, I’ve figured out strategies that are simple, but have massive impact on your wallet. I’ve left out the jargon and fine print because I know you don't have time for that. The Pretty Money Club enrolls new members twice a year for the 8 week course that will turn your ugly budget into top model pretty money... and most of our members stay in the club after class is done to keep learning and stay in touch with all the women they built community with.

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