I wrote a while back that lack of sleep costs me money and how things that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with money can actually end up being a fairly large drain on your wallet. I found out this past weekend that being in a hurry is another one of those areas that costs me money.
We had gone over to my sister’s house to celebrate my niece’s first birthday and my sister had asked us to stay and babysit a bit so her and her husband could go out with some friends that had come out of town for the party. They ended up getting home a bit late and in the rush to leave and get home, I accidentally left my computer at their house.
All I needed to do was to take a minute to make sure that I had everything before we left, but being in a hurry I simply didn’t bother to do the check. This ended up costing me money in several ways. While the main financial setback was about $20 which was an extra round to her house to pick up the computer, there were also other losses involved. I lost a good 4 hours of my time having to make the round trip unnecessarily. It also meant that I could not work on the computer during the time I did not have it which was more than a full day of productivity on the sites.
Being in a hurry is one of those things that can add up to a huge amount over the course of a year. How many extra trips to the grocery store do you have to make because you didn’t to make a list due to being in too much of a hurry? I make mistakes like this far too often simply because I get myself into a rush and don’t take the time to take a minute break to make sure I have everything in order. Consider how costly this can be (both in finances and time) over a year, it’s another one of the areas (like getting enough sleep) that I will continue to work on this year…