Perspectives

Going Green Without Being Mean

The Incredible Hulk is one of my favorite comic book characters, not only for his strength but also because he’s often misunderstood. He’s an incredible scientist with a sensitive heart, but his temper often gets the best of him. And when it does, things get messy.

I don’t have a temper, but I’ve noticed that frustration has been harder to shake over the past few months and has caused more stress. When we’re stressed, we don’t think clearly. We become overwhelmed. Frustration, quick tempers and burnout are often the result. Everyone loves the scientist, but we’re not a fan of the big green guy.

As I looked at the clutter on my desk and the piles of unopened mail at home, I made a mental note that it was time to get more organized, with hopes that it could alleviate some of this stress.

Modern technology provides us with many resources that can make our lives easier and more efficient. While the term going “green” has been around for a while, it wasn’t until recently that I decided to apply some of these practices to my life in order to save time, paper and energy.

3 ways Going Green Keeps Me from Being Mean:

1. Online Bill Pay

What’s so awesome about this is that I can finally schedule one-time or recurring payments without leaving my desk. I love that I can schedule my payment on the day that’s convenient for me.

2. Walgreens ATMs

I work at the credit union, but there are times when I’m not near a branch or one of our Vantage ATMs and need to withdraw funds. We recently had a contractor build a privacy fence for our home and had to pay for the materials. We live in the Central West End, and it was awesome to use the Vantage ATM at Walgreens nearby and not have to worry about paying a fee. Now if I could only discard the ATM receipt right then. Baby steps. LOL!

3. TweetMyMoney

I’ve been an avid Twitter user since 2009, so I was elated when TweetMyMoney became available to members at the credit union. I can check my available balance without leaving the Twitter app. Or, I can login to the Vantage mobile app. Both save me a trip to the branch.

Today is Day 1 of my new journey, but I am hopeful that by consistently making good use of these 3 ways and others, I will see less and less of the big, green guy.

What are some healthy ways you alleviate stress?