Have you noticed how we talk about time and money the same way? You can spend time/money, waste time/money, or save time/money. But never confuse the two.
Money… we can always make more. Time… it is passing moment by moment, day by day, not to be recaptured or held.
We all have the same 24 hour days live. The question is whether you feel like you have some time to “spend” as you want (Time Affluence) or whether all of your time is claimed and out of your control (Time Poverty).
Research repeatedly shows that material purchases (buying stuff) does little to influence our overall happiness (once basic needs are met). Interestingly, experiential purchases (doing something, going somewhere) has been shown to increase happiness. But you can’t do stuff and go places when there is no time left to do it.
In a study a couple of years ago, over half the respondents said that they would give up a day of pay each week for a day of freedom each week.
And yet, many times, we “spend” our time in ways that don’t foster time affluence — leading to a feeling of time poverty.
How can we make shifts in life that bring us more Time Affluence? That is the topic of this week’s Thriveology Podcast. Listen below.