Imagine if this could be the year you achieve your financial dreams effortlessly. What if the key to reaching your financial goals is simpler than you think? If you're ready to explore new possibilities, read on because these insights might transform your finances.
Meet Alex and Jamie: shared goal, different paths
Alex and Jamie, both teachers, found themselves back at work after the holidays, readying themselves for the beginning of another school year. The topic of holiday expenses came up and the conversation shifted to the aftermath of the festive season.
"Did you enjoy the holidays?" Alex inquired.
"Absolutely, but now the credit card bill is looming over my head," said Jamie.
Alex nodded in agreement, "I know what you mean. I took on a casual job just to cover it."
Determined to break the cycle, Jamie declared, "Next year, I want $1000 saved for Christmas, and no more working extra jobs over the summer break!"
Supporting this common goal, Alex suggested, "What if we set aside $20 a week? It's manageable, right?"
Both teachers were eager to approach the new year with solid financial resolutions.
Different paths to the same goal
When they each got home, Alex and Jamie took distinctively different routes towards their shared financial goal. Jamie logged into online banking and created a no-fee savings account. An email to the payroll department ensured that the equivalent of $20 per week would be deposited into the new account every payday.
Meanwhile, Alex adopted a more tangible approach. They took an old Nutella jar, labeled it "Christmas Money" and put it in the cupboard, right next to the coffee mugs where they'd be reminded of it every morning. Both Alex and their partner committed to depositing $10 in spare change into the jar weekly - $20 between the two of them.
Though Alex and Jamie both share the same financial goal, who do you think is more likely to succeed?
Choosing the right system
It turns out that both systems have merits. The strength of Alex's approach lies in the visual reminder of the jar and the active involvement of their partner. Yet, relying on manual contributions and the physical nature of spare change poses challenges, particularly in a cashless society.
On the other hand, Jamie's system is more set-and-forget. From day one, automated transfers ensure progress toward Jamie's Christmas goal. Although discipline is still required to not spend the accumulated savings, Jamie's system minimises the chances of forgetting or the temptation of dipping into the jar for loose change.
Author James Clear, in his brilliant book 'Atomic Habits,' emphasises the power of systems over goals, stating, "We fall to the level of our systems." Setting a direction with goals is certainly a positive step, but sustained progress comes from designing effective systems that encourage and accumulate desirable behaviours. According to Clear, the most effective systems are those that make good habits easy and bad habits hard.
Let's talk about financial habits
If we agree that our achievements are mostly the sum of our behaviours, it's important to choose our financial habits consciously. How frequently do you assess your spending patterns? Check your superannuation balance? Track your savings? Stay abreast of the shifts in your net wealth? Chances are, not as often as you wish. Why? Because adopting these habits is often easier said than done.
Our individual financial data tends to be spread across various platforms. Many of us manage multiple accounts across various institutions, not to mention dealing with investments, loans, superannuation, assets, insurance, and more.
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