But what if I told you that you can turn a typically negative thing, into one of your best tips when it comes to saving money?
- Distraction from the talking heads when it comes to investing
- Distraction from what society typically wants you to do in relation to spending
- Distraction from the every day temptations that cause you to spend more than your means
- Distraction from the nagging thoughts that insist “You deserve this” and “You deserve that” and “Treat yo’ self“
- Distraction from _______________ (insert any negative money thought or habit here)
What if you could find ways to distract you that actually allow you to unintentionally reach your financial goals?
So the question then presents itself, well…how do I distract myself? I could imagine most of you think you are pretty dang busy in life already. And I get that.
But think about the weeknights when you are finished with your day of work (in the office, or at home). How do you choose to unwind?
Do you mentally turn off your mind by binging on Netflix, going out to eat, or succumbing to boredom? It’s during these times we find ourselves giving in to our weaknesses.
Another commercial that convinces us to buy that car, those vacations, shiny toys, or another makeup product.
A night when you’re feeling just too lazy to even think about cooking your own meal. There’s an app for that…why not have something delivered to you from a local restaurant even though you just went grocery shopping yesterday?
Those public spaces where you’re exposed to people with the highest fashion, the flashiest cars, people who converse about places they’ve been, and where they have yet to go.
Scrolling through social media seeing the lives of others enjoying exotic meals, foreign countries, and promoting the newest products.
An evening of boredom where your mind races to habits of passing time shopping online, heading to the mall, or buying more items to decorate your living space because everyone seems to have something more organized. more extravagant. more flashy than you.
When you’re feeling tired, overworked, uninspired you’re at your most vulnerable. Your willpower is at its weakest. These situations listed above can be absolutely, downright dangerous.
Suddenly, money becomes just an object that can get you to the next best temporary high.
These are potentially our darkest times where we’ve spent the most dollars.
But I want you to have the power to combat them.
Now this isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy some of these luxuries. Heck, I love when Netflix releases a new original series on a Friday evening (hello, couch it’s nice to meet you again).
But why not re-shift the focus & consider sparingly enjoying these times? Why not find ways to not be emotionally affected when you look at something that seems convincing enough to make you feel inferior?
Let’s break the trend of money spending habits. Let’s get distracted people. Let’s discover ways to improve your confidence, your health & your financial well-being.
Here are some distractions:
-Spending time with family & friends over conversation not consumption
-Keeping a journal
-Exploring more of your city
-Taking on a new hobby
-Tapping into your artistic side
-Learning something new
All of these things & more can keep you so busy even at your “bored” moments. The plus side? Money typically isn’t a requirement! Discover ways to invest your energy into things that better yourself & those around you. In turn, these distractions unintentionally allow you to save money. You’re too busy improving your well being to even think about spending dollar bills! $$$
When the focus shifts on other positive activities/distractions, the typically negative concept of “having to save” is reversed. It’s like a Jedi mind trick for yourself!
This is when I find distraction a positive. You are engaging in ways to distract yourself from spending. Those distractions are also positively increasing areas of your life you never anticipated.
I challenge you to discover what your distractions are. How can you utilize these distractions to improve yourself, your relationships, your community vs. caving in to spending money, weaknesses, and questioning your self esteem? Embrace the power of distraction as your best money saving tip.
What’s one of your best money saving tips? Have you used distraction before to keep from spending money? Do you think distraction can be a positive thing?