Time and Money are two elusive creatures rarely seen in the wild together. As Time approaches the watering hole, Money scampers off into the brush.
I’m sure National Geographic would pay handsomely for a close-up of Time and Money battling for supremacy of the Serengeti.
As silly as this situation sounds Time vs. Money battles happen many times each day in our minds and in our wallets.
Times Vs. Money Battles
Time and money battles happen often since both are finite. There are only 24 hours in a day and only a certain amount of income each month without entering into debt.
A few common examples of time and money battles:
- Order expensive takeout for dinner after working a 12 hour day or cook at home?
- Choosing between DIY home projects or hiring a contractor.
- Buying groceries and personal items online vs. shopping in person.
- The important decision of a spouse to stay at home with a baby or return to work.
Time and Money seems to have an inverse relationship. As income increases, leisure and free time decrease. When leisure time increases, money becomes more elusive.
Is Money or Time More Important to You?
Our family has experienced this time and money quandary at different stages of life.
At our DINK stage, money was flowing in at a rapid rate and Time was lacking. We had money for dates, but less time and energy to go on dates.
As we’ve moved to self-employed life– money is harder to come by, but we have freedom and flexibility in our schedule to do what we want.
Our goal is for time and money to find a happy medium, yet I believe there will always be a dominance of Time over Money or Money over time in our lives.
What do you value more at your current stage of life? Do you value money over time or time over money? How much is your time worth?
The way you view and answer these questions regarding time and money informs multiple decisions each day.
Take a moment to determine if your values and actions about Time and Money match or if you need to make adjustments.