It’s funny, for all the writing I do about personal finance and such, I don’t really measure my success in terms of money. I think I tend to measure it in terms of little accomplishments—on any front.
At the end of the day, Micah and I lie in bed and chat before falling asleep. One thing I like to do is list every accomplishment I made that day and he’ll give me positive feedback (no, it doesn’t take forever…). Feeling like the day was productive helps me prepare to fall asleep. Some of my early blog posts were just me recounting my achievements for the day.
The accomplishment can be financial “I sold that essay” or “I updated our budget.” It can be part of a longer-term goal “I finished two chapters of research” or something short-term “I made curry.”
When it comes out into the grander scheme, I’m more likely to focus on the accomplishment than the actual dollars and cents. We paid off Micah’s credit card in September and while the blog post tells you exactly how much we paid, I can’t tell you offhand how much richer that made me. I’m just excited that we wiped out that piece of debt (little wins!).
Or I’ll look at having a blog with over 500 posts and 7 months (someone is loquacious) or at the quilts I completed.
How do you measure your success? Accomplishments? Relationships? Money? Or is it all some kind of mix?