Psychologists sometimes discuss the risks associated with referring to yourself in the 3rd person. It’s not a good sign if when you talk about yourself you say things like: She is at work on her blog right now. But they never talk about referring to yourself in the 2nd person. I often refer to myself as You. At least in my head or when what’s in my head becomes a journal entry.
You MUST submit your taxes this week. You really SHOULD figure out a way to go through your bills at least once a month.
That sort of thing.
I don’t have a system for when I “do my finances” — sort bills, check credit card statements, open post. I know you’re not surprised about this. Given the massive commitment that Counting 000’s is, you (as in YOU, not me) are probably thinking I don’t need a system … that I’m too busy sorting out my finances every week for things to fall through the cracks.
I’m operating without any of the habits that would make regular maintenance of my finances easy.
There’s a reason for this. I don’t respond well to “shoulds” and “musts”. Something in me rebels against what Freud called the Super Id. The inner parental voice who’s always giving the rest of me a hard time.
So my task this week is to invent a method to stay on top of my £ to-do’s that will work, that I can stick to, that won’t be like punishment. A non-oppressive routine. An angelically helpful system.
It’s probably no more complicated that I need to agree a reasonable and regular time to sit down to paperwork. But since that’s never worked before, I’m going to take advantage of the week that the Queen is giving me to mull this one over.