Yesterday I had one of those days where I demolished a bunch of little things on my To Do and it added up to being a really productive evening.
I entered all my expenses from the past 4 or 5 days into YNAB so my budget, expenses, and my spending tracker are all current. The downside to this is realizing that by Day 8 of the month I am already $100.80 over budget in my beauty category. Oops. I’ll be honest, I went on a bit of a nail polish spree. I’ll be even more honest, this is probably going to be even higher because I usually have the opportunity to grab the limited edition and hard to find drugstore collections at the beach and I will be there in a few weeks. Now that I’m in a financial place where YNAB works well for me without being incredibly frustrating, I am getting a lot out of it. I can see where I’m over spending (beauty), under spending (errr, nowhere) and where I’m right on track. It lets me make tweaks to my budget so every dollar is going where it’s best utilized. I intend to write a review on this at a later date.
I sorted out my trip to Salt Lake City. DC United advanced to the US Open Cup Final and we play at Real Salt Lake on October 1! Okay, so we’re not really going to be in SLC, but in Sandy, but I thought this photo was beautiful. And I’m sure I’ll still see a mountain. I’m flying in the morning of the match and back out the next morning. It’s a quick trip, but it’s not every day you get to see your team play for a trophy, especially when your team is awful like DCU are in MLS this season. The flight and hotel are booked, I’m on the list for a game ticket, my leave is entered at work, and I’m all coordinated with Gina to meet up! It’s also another city to pin on my map!
I archived my entire inbox. There is this thing called Inbox Zero. Well, I have Inbox Three. It’ll be easy to find emails relating to all the various trips I have coming up in the next 2 months. Flight itineraries are all in one spot, planning email chains in one spot, shipping notices for all that nail polish I’ve bought in one spot. It’ll drastically cut down on the time spent searching for emails. As long as I can remember where I filed them.
I also took a few moments to enter all the in transit shipments I have coming my way into the Parcel app on my phone. It’s nice to be able to see where everything is at a glance. That way I don’t have to search for the email with the tracking number (although I can do it much easier now that they are filed under Online Shopping Orders in my archive!) and then go through the 3 or 4 steps to get to the tracking info. Parcel is free in the iTunes App Store, but requires a $1.99 per year subscription if you want to track more than 3 shipments at a time. I may subscribe only bc it’ll be worth the $1.99 to track all the Birthday and Christmas gifts that I purchase between now and Christmas.
The check from my settlement company for Excess Water Escrow arrived Wednesday, so I deposited that. Without putting on pants and leaving the house. Mobile Deposit is the bestest!! And since both my banks now have it, I am starting to accept checks as payment for stuff again. It’s so nice to take a picture of your check and wahlah! it’s in your account within a day or two. All without having to put on pants, which is what’s most important.
I also took a few moments to catalog my recent manicures into the Nail Polish app on my phone. Again, it lets me see what I have and how it looks at a glance. It’s also a great way to see what nail art I’ve done in the past so as not to constantly repeat. The app is kind of crappy, but since I can’t design apps, it’ll do until a better one comes out.
Part of the kitchen counter had become the dumping place for a lot of random papers and documents and I finally sorted and filed or tossed those. My kitchen looks so clean and sharp again!
Finally, I entered and edited a few new items into Stylebook and synced the entries on my iPhone with my iPad. Stylebook is a great app for me right now while I’m trying to pare down, and eliminate purchasing items similar to those I already have. It basically lets me see my entire “closet” at a glance so when I’m out shopping I can look check and make sure I don’t already have something like it. Entering and editing items is a time-consuming process, so I’m doing it little by little. My entire shoe collection (well, not including the commuting flip-flops and Nikes I only wear when sightseeing) has been entered, as well as items where I could easily find photos online of the items. Now I’m working on entering my project 333 items as I wear them. You can create “looks” with your items, create a wish list of items you want, enter information such as brand/fabric/size, and you can track how often you wear an item, which will cause the app to automatically calculate the cost per wear. **note: that is not my entire shoe collection** Stylebook is currently $3.99 in the iTunes App Store.
I always feel great when I have an evening like this. They just seem to happen, and I go to be feeling relaxed and not writing out an extensive To Do List for the next day. I can also go into the weekend knowing that I had a burst of productivity and enjoy myself on the party bus to Philly for the DCU match!