People work their whole lives for money. Money controls the economy and arguably the world. We can hold it in our hands, see it in our bank accounts, and interact with it multiple times a day. We’ve all heard the old adage saying that ‘time is money’ but, we don’t always look at our time that way. I’d take a step further, to say time is absolutely more valuable than money. Here are a few reasons why:
1. We can buy things with money but we cannot buy time
Time is free; ironically, it’s also priceless. Rich or poor, everybody has 24 hours in a day, it’s the great equalizer. There is no cost to using that time but we can spend it any way we want. We can work 8 hours a day or 10 hours a day. We can wake up early or sleep in late. It’s up to us to decide how we spend those 24 hours but we can’t buy more time, not even a second more.
2. There is no point having money if you don’t have time to spend it
You can have all the money in the world, but if you are locked behind a desk in some soul-sucking job, then what is the point? Being busy has become a revered thing, something people strive for so that they can look important and be able to afford more expensive luxury goods. But being busy has a downside, and can lead to missing the important things in life.
3. You can have a good time even without money
Think of your best memories in the last 5 years. Was it that time you ate a really expensive steak or bought that really expensive blender? Chances are those aren’t the first things that come to mind. Good memories come from enjoying the company of friends and family (and pets!) and don’t always require a lot of money.
4. You know how much money you have but you never know how much time you have
You can look at your bank account and forecast how much you will make in a given year, but you can’t do the same when it comes to time. That’s why it is so much more important to enjoy the time you have.
You will live a more fulfilling life if you find the value in time. Do things that make you happy. See friends and family more often. Spend more time outdoors. Take vacation days. By consciously, intelligently, and deliberately managing your time, you can enjoy all that life has to offer.