Posted by Tim Stobbs on March 13, 2014
After writing about personal finance for the over seven years I’ve learned it is entirely natural to have periods of time where I’m not all that interested in writing about money. Previously I would feel guilt over not writing, but now I accept the ebb and flow of my mind on the topic.
I also believe when my mind is fairly occupied with money tasks like taxes and thinking about a few other money issues in my life I tend to have less energy left to write here.
So what’s new in my money world, not too much at this moment to be honest. I’m waiting for my raise for last year to be finalized, but I came to an interesting conclusion on that score. I really don’t care much about the money from the raise. I suppose what I care more about is how well did I do compared to my peers.
The actually money itself usually isn’t huge amounts so it is hard to get excited over a few hundred dollars more in a month. I’m making so much more than our spending that I can’t really get that excited about that anymore. After all it will all go to more savings anyway and at this point it hardly makes much of a different to my plan.
What I do care about is the implied worth of the raise compared to others. I rarely get much feedback on how I’m doing compared to my peers so if I know the average raise and then I get a sense of my value compared to my peers. It’s vaguely juvenile to care, but I still get some of my self worth from doing what I deem a good job so it is nice to have that validated in some way.
In other news I’ve been making good progress on both my next non-fiction book and a novel I’ve been working on. The novel is a bit over a 100 pages so far while the non-fiction is just to the point of having enough material together for me to pull it together (I’m writing the first draft in Evernote) and get a page count going. So a large part of my morning writing time has been consumed by those projects lately, which isn’t helping not writing here.
So overall, no I’m not dead, just busy with other things. How are things in your money world going? Any milestones to share or tricks you have learned?