“Time is money”. It’s a phrase that has been passed down through many generations and it’s usually true. After all, the work you do is often judged by how much you’re paid per hour, and services usually charge by the time they spend. The way society and our careers are handled fit the phrase “time is money”, but that’s exactly where we’ve gone wrong with our lives.
Time isn’t always money. You can spend a few hours relaxing with your friends and having fun, but will you turn around and say to them it was a waste of money because you could’ve been working instead? Absolutely not! They’d hate you for saying that and over time, you’ll realise that it’s not always about time and money.
If you love what you’re doing then no amount of money can take that feeling away from you. You’ve probably heard many times before that money doesn’t make you happy and it couldn’t be truer. To help you break out of the time is money mentality, all it takes is better management of your day so you have more time to spend on the things you love so you can live a more fulfilling life.
Without further ado, here are a couple of considerations to keep in mind to help you be happier with your lifestyle.
Learn to love your job and the people involved with it
One of the first things you need to think about is how to love your job. You’ll likely be spending many hours of your life doing your job, whether it’s writing up documents, contacting clients and arranging meetings or even putting bricks together to build a home. Whatever it is, try and find positive things about your job so that you have an easier time working. Not everyone can enjoy their job itself though. Perhaps it’s a lot of hard work or maybe the job you do doesn’t connect with your interests. In that case, find other things about your career that you love. Maybe your career involves helping people in their time of need and you gain satisfaction knowing that you’re helping others. Perhaps it’s the people you love working with because they’re close friends that you’ve been through ups and downs with. Failing that, there’s one more solution to falling in love with your career: finding a new one.
Or find a way to change your career so you can love your job
No one wants to be stuck in a dead-end job their whole lives which is why more and more people are starting to quit their jobs in search of something better. As mentioned before, it’s not always about the money and many people have quit high-paying jobs in order to find something that is more meaningful to them. Whether it’s helping others with your knowledge or pursuing a childhood passion, there are many ways to find something different to do in life with the help of technology. It’s possible to log on the internet to find jobs, educational courses and also inspiration for your future career. There are plenty of resources on the internet that will help you chase your dreams through freelancing and self-employment as well. Find what makes you happy in life and you’ll realise that time doesn’t always equate money.
Find ways to spend more time with the people you care about
As mentioned in the introduction, it’s not always about spending your time to make money. Sometimes, spending time with friends is worth more than any price you could put on it. Friends and family will keep you positive, motivated and also help you through some rough times. It takes a lot of willpower to realise that you don’t have to be working all of the time in life. There are times when you’ll feel more satisfied with your life by just relaxing with your loved ones. If you find it difficult to pull yourself away from work, don’t hesitate to take a paid holiday or two for no real reason. Perhaps you could plan a weekend out with relatives or friends and just tell your boss that you want to take some extra time off. Just make sure you don’t check your emails and you stop looking at work-related matters. The point is to disconnect yourself so you can relax, unwind and indulge in the company of people you care about—the people that really matter in life.
Set small goals in life to experience more victories
Celebrating a huge victory is a fantastic feeling, but there are times when you’ll want to experience success every other day. In order to do this, you need to set smaller life goals that can be achieved within a few days or even hours. Instead of telling yourself something like “I’m going to lose 20kg of weight!” or “I’m going to create a successful business!” it’s important to take smaller steps. For instance, if you’re concerned about weight loss then start by just counting calories and giving yourself a pat on the back everytime you successfully eat less in a single day. If you want to start a business, then set smaller milestones like setting up your website, pitching your idea, getting your first employee and so on. When you set yourself an insurmountable task, it’s going to be daunting and you’re going to feel disappointed in yourself for failing to overcome it.
Priorities are more important in life than you think
It’s important to also set priorities in your life because you will be faced with decisions that force you to pick between yourself and someone else. Perhaps it’s the tough choice of picking either a night out with your friends or spending time with your family. Sometimes you might need to pick between your work and your personal life. There are many of these situations in life and it’s important to set a priority and stick with it as best you can. It makes decision making a lot easier and it helps you remain focused on what’s important in life. If you believe that your family are the most important thing to you, then it makes sense to put them as the priority. If you think that certain aspects of your life deserve more attention, then it’s good to put them as priorities. Sorting out your priorities can be difficult, so search for what truly makes you happy in life and what is worth sacrificing for.
It’s fine to spend money if it makes life easier
People often overlook that money can make your life easier. While money doesn’t always make you happier, it can speed things up and ultimately make you enjoy life a little more. For instance, hiring house cleaning services can help lift a load off your shoulders that would otherwise eat hours of your time away. Even if the cost of hiring a maid is more than what you’d make doing an hour of work, it’s not about the money that you’re spending but the time you’re gaining. The point of this article is to understand that you can’t always put a price on time. Hiring a service to help make your lifestyle easier is a good use of money despite what people believe. Don’t just assume that if you can do something you should do it yourself. Everyone can cook with a bit of effort, but if you want a stress-free night then you’d probably go to a restaurant instead of cooking at home.
Preparation is the key to efficient living
Being prepared is the best way to live a healthy and efficient lifestyle. The key is to always look for ways to prepare yourself for the future. Whether it’s planning out a schedule or preparing meals the night before, there are many different ways to save time. Procrastination is often what causes us to waste our time and it’s usually because we fail to include breaks. There’s a reason employers set lunch breaks at work—because it gives you time to unwind a little, relax and soothe your mind. It doesn’t sound like much, but you’d be surprised at how much of a difference adding a break to your day can make.
While you might not need to plan out a full schedule, preparation is the key to making tasks the next day less stressful. A good example is when you need to prepare for your children’s school day. Most parents would need to cook breakfast, dress their children and ensure they have all of their school items in their bags. After that, they’ll need to drive their kids before getting ready for work themselves. If you prepare their bags the night before and also get breakfast ready, you can save plenty of time in the morning when you’re stressed out and need to deal with hundreds of different things.
To conclude, it’s always important to think about how you can use your time effectively throughout the day to bolster your lifestyle and give yourself more time to relax.