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Staying motivated isn’t easy, especially when it comes to financial matters. Between our jobs, families and social obligations, it can be difficult to keep our finances in order. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to help keep yourself motivated and in good financial shape.

1. Set Goals for the Long-Term & the Short-Term

Goal setting is a huge part of maintaining financial motivation, but a lot of people fall into the trap of only setting lofty, long-term goals. While there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to retire at 50 or pay off student loan debt in three years, setting a finish line too far into the future could make it harder to stay motivated on a day-to-day basis. Incorporating some short-term goals into your financial planning can help you generate more frequent satisfaction and fuel your long-term aspirations. You can monitor your financial goals (like building good credit) for free on Credit.com.

2. Track Your Progress

Nothing makes you want to keep moving forward like seeing how far you’ve come. Keeping track of your progress is a great way to manufacture motivation and maintain consistency in your financial endeavors. For example, let’s say you want to stop funding major purchases through credit cards so you decide to save up before taking your next vacation. Tracking your contributions in a journal or via some sort of visual aid (a big thermometer on your fridge, for instance) is a great way to remind yourself of how much you’ve accomplished.

3. Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

Mistakes happen, even to the best of us. If you find yourself struggling with your financial obligations, it’s best to avoid conjuring negative thoughts about yourself or your abilities. Overly harsh criticism can be a huge deterrent to motivation, so it’s important to find ways to stay positive. One way to turn a mistake into something positive is by using it as a learning experience. By assessing the situation and determining what steps you could’ve taken to yield a better outcome, you can teach yourself an important lesson and keep those motivation-stunting thoughts at bay.

4. Do Something Everyday

One of the best ways to stay financially motivated is to keep your money on your mind. Whether it’s keeping track of your daily expenses or reading a personal finance blog with your morning coffee, there are lots of little things you can do to help keep your financial well-being in focus. Eventually these daily tasks could turn into habits, making it much easier to stay fiscally fit even when motivation is hard to come by.

Maintaining financial motivation is a great way to ensure that your monetary goals are met and that you stay in good financial standing. While it might be hard at times, your perseverance will eventually pay off in the form of stability and peace of mind.

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  • heavyw8t

    Leslie, I did not have any other way to contact you, and this reply may not be what you want to post on your credit.com blog. This piece about saving money is very good. However, this is a topic that is widely open to different perspectives. Allow me to explain what I mean by that.

    I am 64 and retired. I have a mortgage, utility bills, a car payment (I just bought a new to me car), credit cards and a dog to care for. Someone like you, who is what, 30-ish, has a far different perspective because you have far more life left than I do. I am not looking to become the richest corpse in the graveyard. I pay everything I have to every month and with whatever is left over I use to enjoy my golden years. I figure to have 16 years left (using 80 years of age as my baseline), where you have about 50. I guess I could have said all that by saying “My needs are very different from yours.”

    I put a little bit away in the form of leaving it in the bank, but when that surplus reaches the point where I can get whatever new toy I want, I go ahead and get it. Know that I have $18,500 in available credit and my utilization is currently at 5%. So while I understand the concept and the need to save as it applies to a young couple saving for a house, or a second car, or looking ahead to when kids head into that private high school that will cost $10,000 a year just in tuition, and heaven help them if they have expensive extra curriculars, I do not have the same needs.

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