I get to act like a man every Monday.
Traditionally, Mondays between 8am and 9am, men the world over walk out of their homes to their offices. After a weekend with their families, it is time to go to work and concentrate on cash generating activities instead of toddler tantrums.
Responsibility for the children – especially little oatmeal throwing 3 year olds, shifts to their wives. Even if the tiny toddlers are off to school – holidays and vomit bugs kapow any work plans. Traditionally (although this is changing) it falls to the mum to pick up the pieces… men have to keep their heads down and bring in the $$$$, ££££ or ₹₹₹₹!
I’ve arranged my life so that on Mondays I get to act like a man. It’s the one day of the week I can commit to getting my writing done, schedule meetings knowing I won’t have to cancel due to a child being sent home with an earache. My husband is in charge of dealing with any emergencies and school activities as well as bathtime and bedtime. With gleeful delight I run off to my office. I might send some texts of sympathy if things go awry, but it’s not my problem on Mondays. In my household, we’ve coined this phrase that it’s my “act like a man day”.
It’s also the day I try to discipline myself to get some investing things done. Making investing decisions is never easy. For the human brain to feel comfortable making a decision, it has to have time set aside without distractions, a singular activity to focus on and some sort of pressure that a decision has to be made.
By acting like a man and not like a woman in charge of kids and a house, I am free of distractions, I have to focus on my investing business as I only have one day to get things done, I have to move things forward since I’m in business by myself and it’s all up to me.
So do you have an equivalent “Act like an Investor” day? If you’re having trouble getting your investing life in order, here are some suggestions:
Schedule time for investing. Put it in your diary. Block off the time and don’t let other activities encroach on this time.
Decide on the frequency. One hour weekly? Two hours monthly? Half a day quarterly? Whatever suits you best.
Make a list during the week – decisions, vendors you need to research, wonderful blog posts (like mine!) you need to read.
Commit to making one micro-decision in each session. It could be calling your accountant, creating an online account on an investment platform, buying shares in a certain company. Little decisions consistently made over time will add up to real progress in a few months.
As always, I hope you find this useful.