I’m still on that mini-sabbatical, so while I’m gone, check out this post about the battle between time and money.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I like short, sweet posts. Nothing wrong with longer articles at all (OTR has some of those, too). It’s just that I want to get right to the point. And, if there are too many words, sometimes some of you (and me, too) move on quickly to something else. You get distracted.
The words start to blur.
And, you say to yourself, Do I really have to read all that?
So, in honor of short posts everywhere, today’s will be pretty concise. It’s about time. The topic of time.
Have you ever gone out of your way, like say, 20 miles from your house to get the cheapest gas?
…or bought a bunch of tools from Home Depot to fix the leaky pipe? You know, to save some money because plumbers are ridiculously expensive.
- Are you really saving money – or spending precious time – when you go to the opposite end of the earth to get something on sale?
- Is the time you spend fumbling about the pipes under your sink worth the hassle? And, did you get the job done right?
And, then consider…
Are you really able to tell the difference between time and money?
That is all.
Do you think it really takes 10 minutes to check your e-mail? Think you’ve been watching TV for only a short time? Have you looked at the clock and wondered where the time went? Sometimes what feels like just a couple minutes is really a couple of hours.
So, what to do? Use a timer. Any timer. Try the one on your phone or on your stove. Randomly set it for a 15 minutes to see what 15 minutes really feels like. Or, use it for something like a boiling a 10 minute egg. You’ll be surprised by how quickly those minutes fly by.
Then, on the next occasion you need to spend quality time with a very important project, set your timer again. It’s a great way to check your time management ROI. Try it out and tell me how it works for you.