If there’s one thing I love doing, it’s finding the quickest way of accomplishing a task. Sad as it may be, I get actually get a kick out of it!
Over the years of working with computers and websites, I’ve had to do loads of mundane tasks, some the require the same strokes or actions to be repeated over and over. I love finding out keyboard shortcuts or upping the sensitivity of my mouse so that I can get things done quicker.
When I was self employed and fixing people’s computers, I would often be done in 15-20 minutes (of a 1 hour callout) because I worked so fast at fixing all their problems. I then felt bad about charging for the hour and had to ask if they needed any help with their other tech – phones, ipads etc just so I could justify my fee!
I’m not saying this to brag, I’m saying this because I love being efficient and getting time back from a job that could possibly take hours.
How I spend my time really matters to me, and, as I get older, it’s starting to matter more.
The difference between money and time is that you can always get more money, with time, once it’s gone it’s gone.
More recently I’ve started to become super aware of how I’m spending my time. Up until a couple of months ago, I was working at least 12 hours a day most days of the week trying to grow the business that I run from home.
But why was I trying to grow the business? To get more money.
Why was I trying to get more money? Apart from the materialistic things, it was to have enough money without having to work all the time.
In other words, time.
I was trying to work for my free time (potentially years down the line) where I could enjoy life.
To me it seemed a bit crazy: Spend time doing something I don’t want to do in order to get time doing what I do want to do?
The problem was, I didn’t know when that would even happen. Would spending 12 hours a day every day working on my business guarantee freedom in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
It was completely unknown.
The same with working for your retirement. Not to be too morbid but you could work all your life and then finally reach retirement age and yep, ‘kick the bucket’ a year later.
You often hear that when a person is diagnosed with terminal cancer, they change. They do as much as they can in the time that they have left. In other words, they have been told they have a certain amount of time to “spend” and they want to spend it on things they love doing.
The difference with those people and us is that we don’t know how much we have left to spend, so we often waste it.
Don’t Quit Your Job (unless you want to)
Now I’m not saying don’t work, unfortunately due to current way of the world, we need money to survive. You might also LOVE your job and working 12 hours a day. That’s amazing – you’re already spending your time doing something that you love to do. For me, I wasn’t, and I’m trying to change that.
What I am saying is that we can spend our time on doing more things that we love to do, things that stretch us, excite us and give us stories to tell.
You never know, whatever that thing is, you might end up earning money from it and one day quit your day job.
Have More Fun
I’ll leave you with this, be aware of how you’re spending your time. Don’t feel guilty or judge yourself for binging a Netflix show occasionally. But do find something you love to do, and do as much of it as you can. Find things that you can do with friends or loved ones. Create experiences and play games. Most of all, try to have fun!