The cost of overthinking finances

Mood of the Market
Published on Nov 9, 2010

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Recently, I read the pithy but powerful business inspiration book, "Rework," by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of small business software company 37signals. The book is formatted into mini-chapters with provocative titles, including a couple that put me in mind of this column's current series of mindset-shifting recommendations for Americans around money matters.

One, ASAP is Poison, reminded me of the much-needed mindset shift away from instant gratification. Another, Inspiration is Perishable, "inspired" me to think of the Conscious Bookkeeping approach to your relationship with money, including transforming your monthly budget into a "map of intentions," renaming the staid, standard expense categories by