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  • Writer's pictureTammy Arlene

Time is Money? I Say No...

Time. Have you noticed that we refer to time as if it was cold hard cash? Can you waste time? Save time? No, you can only spend or invest it. Once the hands on the clock tick around - that time is gone. Sometimes when we don't make good choices, we may consider something we've done a waste of time. The root of this issue is actually poor time budgeting (if we keep on the same money theme.) Everyone has the same amount of time in a day - the same number of hours, minutes and seconds. It is how we use that time that is important. Before I write more, I want to clarify - I do not believe that a person needs to be on the go/busy all the time. I did that for years, and it didn't work out well for my health. We need to take care of ourselves too! And if making money is your priority, you can invest your time and make that happen. I do have to say - a person can get blinded by money, and lose track of time spent with loved ones. Again, once the hands on the clock tick around, we can't turn them back and see a child's ball game live, give that hug, or watch candles being blown out. If being mindful is your priority, that is ok (remember, we do have to support ourselves too!) It's all about balance.

Time differs from money - people around us have different amounts of money in their bank accounts. However, we all have the same amount of time. Some people get more done in a day, while others get less - and that is ok!

We shouldn't compare how we spend our time to others as long as we are living the life we want to live. If we are not, we have the power to use our time budget to make a plan and make a change.

I believe that time is more valuable than money, and here is why. I've experienced pretty scary stuff medically. I won't go into details right now, but I realized a few things. I know that no matter how much money I have in the bank account when the time comes for me to go into the arms of Jesus, I will go. My to-do list won't matter. A handful of cash will not change that either. The time I have right here and now - I want it to be well spent.

Hey, thanks for investing your time to read this! I really appreciate you.

My takeaway is to spend less time on social media/internet. Yes, I like to check in and see how everyone is doing - but this afternoon I was watching that video with adorable laughing babies, then one came on about how olive oil is made, that was followed by another funny cat video and . . . well, you get my drift here - an hour (or more) was gone while I stared at my phone! Poof! And now I am going to have oatmeal for dinner because I didn't budget my time. It is ok though, I tell myself I really like oatmeal. Am I alone? (laughing)

All my best,

Tammy Arlene

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