I have no idea how I'm going to plan the wedding.
December 28, 2011 3:52 PM Subscribe
I have come to realize that I am terrible at planning in most areas of my life: education, finance, events, daily tasks etc. How do I become better at looking ahead, seeing what's coming and acting now so that the future doesn't suck?
posted by talkingmuffin to Work & Money (8 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
I've gotten by pretty well thus far in my life by being smart and reacting quickly when new situations present themselves. I got through university by cramming for exams and writing papers the day before they were due. I've kept myself afloat financially by renting and making enough money so that I can afford my modest lifestyle. I've gotten through the daily grind by waiting until things needed to be done and then doing them. I'm a procrastinator that gets things done when they need to be done.
Things have changed. I'm 35, am living with my girlfriend who has 3 children and have my own child on the way. I have a well paying job with good future prospects but I have no house, no significant savings and moderate (but not unmanageable) debt. What I saw as a modest lifestyle before (eating out, alcohol, gadgets, books) is now unsustainable. When I let things slide at home (not picking up milk on my way home from work) it just means even more work for me later on.
What can I do to get on top of my situation? Budgeting, task lists and goal setting all sound like good ideas but I have no idea where to start. I feel like I need an elementary education in planning and organizing my life. Can you make any suggestions as to where I should begin?