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How to deal with things that you need, but can't afford?

I have recently started a small business & sometimes my finances can get fairly tight.

I have a actions for buying things that don't need to be bought, but should be to improve the business. (Think a faster photocopier, or a software upgrade)

Right now, my @errands list has alot of little things that need to wait for the next cheque to come in. I bring up that I run a small business because there is no fixed period for the money to come in. The problem, of course, is when I look at my @errands list, there are alot of actions for buying things that I would buy now but can't. That means extra thinking everytime I go through the list in order to decide if I can afford the thing at any given time, and as Merlin says, we shouldn't need to think about our work.

I don't want to put these actions in the someday/maybe list because I don't want to review my someday/maybe list every time I get a cheque in the mail. I'd go mad.

Anyone got any suggestions?

appelq's picture


The classic answer would be to simply put these "Want to buy someday" items on your "Someday / Maybe" list.

You just need to note these wish list items somewhere that they will be reviewed regularly so you don't lose site of them, and at some point in the future you will be reviewing this list and say "I really do need that software upgrade" and I have the money right now... So you move it to a next action list in @Errands contect, or wherever makes the most sense.

My two cents...





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