Thanks to my highly suggestible nature, I constantly commit the crime of the need for instant gratification. Based on the below gif alone, I now really, really want me a burger.
Back to the matter at hand – my need to satisfy that instant gratification streak has resulted in quite a few unnecessary purchases over the years. Hark, before you write me off as another ungrateful Generation Y-er, I do not make sloppy, trend fueled purchases. My buying habits revolved around what would help me get more organised, what would help me utilise a space more efficiently, what addition to my wardrobe would help me in those situations where I need the freedom and mobility that only underwear can provide…no wait, that’s Marshall Erikson when he plays Wii Tennis (How I Met Your Mother season 3, episode 3, in case you were wondering).
These purchases, while not altogether wasteful (document holders, storage boxes, organising units etc), were probably not required and I could have either made use of what I already possessed, or try to pinpoint the reason for my paper filing frustration (I used to frequent Howard’s Storage World in Liverpool Street so often, the staff came to know me on a first name basis *cringe*). Nowadays I find the gratification streak is still strong when it comes to clothes purchasing. You will recall here that I accumulated a varied but ultimately useless wardrobe due to my knee jerk need to “refresh”, without actually knowing what it was that I wanted to “do over”.
This is where sitting on your purchases really helps. I might go on a huge online shop, adding anything that takes my fancy to my cart (ignoring the slowly skyrocketing total cost), and then I stop and find something else to do. Sometimes I might not even get back to the shopping cart that day, and depending on whether that cart is timed or not, by the time I return to the webpage the entire contents might be deleted anyway.
If the latter scenario, then this is a good thing. Check yourself at that point – do you feel a bit meh about the items that were formally in there? Or a feeling of reluctance to start all over again? If so, you probably didn’t need any of what your virtually shopped. Carry on and feel smug that you didn’t spend a cent afterall. If on the other hand you are internally screaming in panic and need to re-shop everything in the exact same order as before…then someone needs to throw you an intervention #sorrynotsorry.
A lot of my purchasing habits formed because I was too lazy to actually get out of the house and consider in the physical, what it was I was about to buy – I wish I could blame internet shopping but no, the reality is that I am a lazy cow. Getting tactile may help you realise what you were lusting after is actually not what you thought/doesn’t suit after all/is not required, and the number of times I have walked away from a useless purchase thanks to handling the goods (#notaeuphamism) is positive overall.
So sit on your purchases before clicking confirm. Sometimes distance is all you need from feeding the gratification monster and seriously emptying your wallet.
PS: I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging and marketing run recently, mostly because cogs are ticking in the background – new website and design hopefully coming soon, interviews to transcribe, photo shoots to take. I’m super excited to share these projects as they unfurl, so thanks for sticking around!