/widgets.js";var sz=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];sz.parentNode.insertBefore(z,sz)}(document,"script","zb-embed-code"));
5 Steps to Financial Zen | Financial Planners in Charlestown, Hunter Valley & Tamworth

5 Steps to Financial Zen | Financial Planners in Charlestown, Hunter Valley & Tamworth

Steps to Finding Financial Zen (Financial Peace of Mind)

It’s very hard to find financial peace of mind or financial zen if you’re constantly faced with financial problems or money woes.

So, how can we leave the circle of financial stress and achieve financial peace of mind?

Firstly, identify the financial stressors in your life and tackle each stressor swiftly, one at a time.

 

1. Get Debt under Control

This is the first thing we want to do. We want to get rid of debt as quickly as possible. The problem is how do you get rid of debt? Don’t expect a quick fix scenario unless you’re blessed with an inheritance or a lump sum of money. A great way to get out of debt is to instil discipline in managing your money.

Sit down with a professional and look at the different ways to tackle debt.

  • Can you make extra repayments on your mortgage?
  • What is your credit card limit?
  • What are you splurging on?
  • Should you consolidate your loans?
  • Can you start saving?
  • Do you need to set up a budget?

Get a debt management plan in place and be disciplined with your approach to ensure debts are reduced as quickly as possible.

 

2.  Gain Control over your finances

Be in control over your personal finances. Get organised and pay your bills on time. Get to know your net worth position. Check in and review your bank account statements and oversee your money situation.

Like scheduling an important meeting in your diary, keep a calendar of all things financial. For example, schedule in bill reminders so they get paid on time to avoid late payment fees, major expenses like mortgage repayment due dates and the most important thing when income gets paid.

It’s like creating a month to month snapshot of all expenses and monies coming in and going out. This helps to create a budget and to plan ahead for other big ticket items coming up like family holidays.

It creates a sense of awareness that can shock or surprise you. You may be surprised to see monies left over each month which could be set aside for savings or better yet to make extra repayments on the mortgage. The shock may be realising the various monthly direct debits set up that’s draining your cash flow. Forgotten magazine subscriptions or gym memberships you’re paying for!  

 

3. Start money conversations with your partner

Money issues can cause a lot of stress as well as relationship breakdowns and arguments. Before things turn nasty take the time to talk to your partner about money and have ‘financial’ conversations.

It may seem a bit awkward in the beginning but the more you can talk to one another about money the less frustrated you will feel and more understanding about each other’s money habits.

Review your finances as a team and get on the same page. Openly talk about your financial goals, dreams, your income, your expenses, bills, your frustrations, your concerns and be prepared to make adjustments if required.

Being able to talk to your partner in a non-emotional way about personal finances soothes tensions and leads to emotional happiness and wellbeing.

 

4. Set bite-sized Money Goals

Continue to work as a team and as you’re having conversations about goals and dreams, don’t just talk about it, set them as money goals to pursue.

Make a list of the surprises and the shocks to see what your bite-sized money priorities should be.

Start with the biggest shock. This could be the ‘forgotten’ monthly direct debits that mercilessly zaps your bank account or racks up your credit card every month.  These monthly debits of $20 or $50 may seem trivial as single items but when you consider the combined yearly sum, how rude and shocking it becomes.

Out of a shock comes a nice surprise. The more you can afford to slash and burn unnecessary monthly expenses, the more financial clout you get to either invest more and pay off your debts faster. This can only improve your money-growing power and confidence to reach bigger goals.

Make sure your bite-sized goals are potent. Be specific and set deadlines to every goal you set. Don’t be overly ambitious but be realistic. Set yourself up to win, not to fail.

 

5. Make it happen!

As with any tips or recommendations you receive or hear about, they sound like a great idea and they probably are but only if you decide to do something about it.

Some people mull for months on end and the urgency to make a positive financial change disappears.

Learn to be decisive and take swift actions. Whatever your bite-sized goals maybe, get on to them immediately.

Every time you make progress, you’ll feel happier and proud of yourself. This confidence and positivity will drive you to tackle bigger challenges and life goals.

Get a financial planner and get him or her to coach and mentor you along. Being held accountable and responsible for your actions is a huge motivating factor to help reach your goals.

Don’t just dream and talk about goals, do something about it.

 

Conclusion

Follow these tips to find your financial zen, harmony and peace of mind. Get interested and be prepared to roll up your sleeves to change your ad-hoc financial habits into a routine of financial discipline and control. Everyone can do with some financial tranquility.

For more help on finding your financial zen, talk to a Dome Financial Adviser in Charlestown, Tamworth and Hunter Valley.

Related Articles:

What are the benefits only a financial planner can provide?

It’s your future. Learn to plan for it now.

4 Financial Advice musts I would tell my younger self.

The information contained on this page is for discussion purposes only and is not intended to constitute financial product advice. It does not take into consideration any persons objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider its appropriateness in light of your circumstances and consider seeking professional advice relevant to your individual before making a decision based on any information on this page.

Top 3 Financial Tips for your 20s

Top 3 Financial Tips for your 20s Congratulations! You’ve survived your teenage years, finished higher school education and graduated with professional skills, confidence and a zest to conquer the world. All the hard work, resilience and many life’s highs and lows...
Read More

Back to Basics 3 Money Principles

When life is chaotic it’s best to keep things simple. This is the same with your money principles. Keep it simple, and practice the ‘back to basics’ money management principles to help you stay financially fit and healthy.   1. Cut down on money going OUT  ...
Read More

Savvy Financial Tips for Women | Financial Planners in Charlestown, Hunter Valley & Tamworth

Savvy Financial Tips for Women For many women juggling to maintain balance over career and family time, it can get tough. It is even tougher when it comes to money. Here are some tips to help you stay in control and be financially savvy. 1. Make ‘compounding’ your...
Read More

5 Steps to Financial Zen | Financial Planners in Charlestown, Hunter Valley & Tamworth

Steps to Finding Financial Zen (Financial Peace of Mind) It’s very hard to find financial peace of mind or financial zen if you’re constantly faced with financial problems or money woes. So, how can we leave the circle of financial stress and achieve financial peace...
Read More

3 Golden Rules to a solid Investment Plan

The 3 Golden Rules to Investing When it comes to creating wealth, you need to start with a solid plan. A plan that is personalised to your situation, and one that is appropriate to meet your financial goals and objectives. Everyone is different, so every plan should...
Read More

What are the benefits only a financial planner can provide?

The many benefits financial planners provide As a financial planning professional, a question we get asked a lot by new clients is  "Do people really need a Financial Planner when so much DIY information is available online?", and so we’ve decided to clear up the...
Read More

Should you outsource your financial future to a financial planner?

These days, we outsource a lot of tasks to external professionals. Due to the chaotic nature of the busy lives we lead, we rely more and more on professionals who have the experience, knowledge and most importantly, the time to get things done for us. Simple things...
Read More

It’s your financial future, learn to plan for it, now!

It’s your future. Do something about it now. “It’s not the plan that’s important, it’s the planning.” - Graham Edwards You can have the best plan in the world but if you don’t act on it, why bother with one?   Top 5 Tips on How to plan for your financial future....
Read More

P: 02 4969 7069 | 1300 723 300

E: admin@domefinancial.com.au

How to be financially happy?

How to be financially happy?

Does earning a six figure income plus guarantee financial happiness? Apparently not so, as it seems the more money you earn the more lavish or ‘over the top’ your spending habit becomes. So what is the secret to financial happiness? Well, it may sound boring or a bit like ‘I told you so’ but being organised and having good money management skills can help to reduce financial stresses and put a smile of relief and happiness back on your face!

So here are some simple and good old fashioned tips on how to be financially happy!

Get organised

Don’t place yourself in a chaotic situation where you have bills or statements flying in everywhere and you lose track of what needs to be paid and by when. Best to get organised to avoid late bill payment fees. Get a filing system set up or better yet use an app or an online calendar to schedule a Bill Due Date event with reminders set, to alert you of when the bills are due.

Being organised will make you feel better, avoid paying unnecessary fees and start to develop an interest in your finances.

Track your financial habits

You may be surprised to learn about your financial habits. It might be a positive surprise or it may turn out to be a nasty shock. But perhaps a wake up call is what you need to get you sitting upright and pay attention to your financial habits.

These days banks provide apps that enable you to track and understand your spending habit and trends. The more you know about your finances the more control you have to help you make smarter financial decisions.

Learn to identify your spending triggers and start building more positive financial habits.

Self-control

Now that you have identified what you spend your money on, is it time to test your self-control and stop making impulse led purchases?

According to research, impulsive buyers lack self-discipline and buy things on a whim even when they are already overloaded with debt. It seems they cannot break out of a vicious cycle of overspending, accruing unnecessary additional debt, collecting more clutter or unused items, having frequent family arguments which eventually leads to stress, low self-esteem and unhappiness.

If you don’t want to sabotage your own prosperity then lose the ‘I want it now syndrome’. Stop spending beyond your means and start prioritising your spending needs!

As a university professor of Human Behaviour explains  ‘small acts of self control build over time’ so it’s recommended to take baby steps first rather than jump into the deep end and sink with frustration and too hard attitude. As your self-control gradually builds up in one area this according to researchers can spread to improve other parts of your life.

Don’t procrastinate!

Don’t just read, act now. The longer you put it off the harder it gets to find the time and the motivation to make a change. Every day you think about ‘I need to get on top of things’ is precious time lost so have the courage to take back your financial happiness and peace, now not later!

Do you need some helpful money management tips? Our professional advisers would be happy to point some out.

Talk to a Dome Financial Adviser in Charlestown, Tamworth and Hunter Valley.

The information contained on this page is for discussion purposes only and is not intended to constitute financial product advice. It does not take into consideration any persons objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider its appropriateness in light of your circumstances and consider seeking professional advice relevant to your individual before making a decision based on any information on this page.

Top 3 Financial Tips for your 20s

Top 3 Financial Tips for your 20s Congratulations! You’ve survived your teenage years, finished higher school education and graduated with professional skills, confidence and a zest to conquer the world. All the hard work, resilience and many life’s highs and lows...
Read More

Back to Basics 3 Money Principles

When life is chaotic it’s best to keep things simple. This is the same with your money principles. Keep it simple, and practice the ‘back to basics’ money management principles to help you stay financially fit and healthy.   1. Cut down on money going OUT  ...
Read More

Savvy Financial Tips for Women | Financial Planners in Charlestown, Hunter Valley & Tamworth

Savvy Financial Tips for Women For many women juggling to maintain balance over career and family time, it can get tough. It is even tougher when it comes to money. Here are some tips to help you stay in control and be financially savvy. 1. Make ‘compounding’ your...
Read More

5 Steps to Financial Zen | Financial Planners in Charlestown, Hunter Valley & Tamworth

Steps to Finding Financial Zen (Financial Peace of Mind) It’s very hard to find financial peace of mind or financial zen if you’re constantly faced with financial problems or money woes. So, how can we leave the circle of financial stress and achieve financial peace...
Read More

3 Golden Rules to a solid Investment Plan

The 3 Golden Rules to Investing When it comes to creating wealth, you need to start with a solid plan. A plan that is personalised to your situation, and one that is appropriate to meet your financial goals and objectives. Everyone is different, so every plan should...
Read More

What are the benefits only a financial planner can provide?

The many benefits financial planners provide As a financial planning professional, a question we get asked a lot by new clients is  "Do people really need a Financial Planner when so much DIY information is available online?", and so we’ve decided to clear up the...
Read More

Should you outsource your financial future to a financial planner?

These days, we outsource a lot of tasks to external professionals. Due to the chaotic nature of the busy lives we lead, we rely more and more on professionals who have the experience, knowledge and most importantly, the time to get things done for us. Simple things...
Read More

It’s your financial future, learn to plan for it, now!

It’s your future. Do something about it now. “It’s not the plan that’s important, it’s the planning.” - Graham Edwards You can have the best plan in the world but if you don’t act on it, why bother with one?   Top 5 Tips on How to plan for your financial future....
Read More

P: 02 4969 7069 | 1300 723 300

E: admin@domefinancial.com.au