How would you like to have to work only 15 hours a week to cover your basic expenses?
Sixty years ago economists were optimistically predicting that by this point in time we would all be enjoying the fruits of our labour and increased productivity. Everyone would have enough, and we would only be working a fraction of the 40-60 hours we do now.
The times in my life that I had the most money, I had the least amount of time to enjoy it. During these moments of time-poverty I felt trapped. It made the money feel less valuable, and the work I had to do to get it more futile.
Early on in my work life I decided I would rather work less, spend less, and become time-rich. I didn't want to miss any precious moments doing the things I love.
Time is what gives us the freedom to work at our priorities instead of someone else's. Our own agenda and space to manifest our dreams.
Money provides no freedom if you don't have the time to enjoy it.
It is possible to eliminate time-poverty from your life.
- Practice mindfulness. Nothing can turn ordinary moments into precious moments better than being present in whatever you are doing. Pay close attention to your perceptions and sensations as you do simple, every day activities. Go slowly, focus on each step.
- Change your language. Think "choose to" instead of "have to" when faced with seemingly unpleasant yet necessary tasks.
- Say no more often. I have found that "I don't think that is going to work for me" is better than an outright "NO".
- Stay on task. When you have to work, really work.
- Plan some alone time. Schedule regular bits of time for yourself to do whatever you want. Even 30 minutes can make a difference.
- Live more simply. Spend less, work less, have more time.
- Try new things. Taking risks and trying new things makes us feel alive and vital.