Time; Your Biggest Asset

Life is busy. We know that for a number of reasons, the most obvious one is because it seems to be the most regularly given answer to the question, “How are you?”.  And the problem with living a busy life is that often, without us even realising it, it becomes an unintentional one. 

Henry Cloud says 

“Each day is an asset, a currency. Like money, it can be invested for a return or spent on junk.” 

Ask any person over the age of 60 and they’ll very knowingly and earnestly tell you that time is the one thing that you can’t get back. 

So how do you know if you are investing your time in a stock that will bring you great peace and contentment in your retirement years, or if you’re frittering it away on things that look and sound great for right now but aren’t going to support you when you need it the most?

Here is what I think is the easiest way to determine if you are spending your time wisely: pay attention to how you are feeling at the end of the day. 

  • Do you feel physically tired but mentally and emotionally full? Or do you feel like your brain has been repeatedly pushed through a sieve? 
  • Do you have a niggly feeling of dissatisfaction at the end of a day that was full? You achieved lots of things, cleared your to-do list and were super productive, and yet you don’t feel satisfied or pleased, you actually feel a bit flat. 

These are the most obvious signs that you have not made enough deposits in your Time Investment bank. If you were a bank account – you would be in the red.

If this is resonating with you, and I can guarantee that you are not alone, then here is how you can begin to get back into the black; make time for the things that are an investment in you.

A Time Investment is anything that makes you feel ‘full’, that leaves you feeling energised and content and happy. Make a list of the things that make you feel that way and then be intentional about blocking time in your diary to do them. It might be sitting in the park staring at the sky, it might be watching your favourite old movie, perhaps its going for a run on the beach or sitting in your favourite coffee shop sipping a cappuccino and eating a brownie. Your list is different from mine, and from your best friend’s, and your partner’s and that’s ok – that’s what makes you uniquely you. It’s also what makes it so important that you are intentional about having a list and prioritising it. 

We know the basics of good finance; your expenses must be the same as, or preferably less than, your income. And so the same needs to be applied to our time. Our Time Investments are what give us the energy to complete the tasks that we find more draining or challenging. Time Investments are what help us keep healthy both physically, mentally and emotionally. Time Investments are the most important, most long-lasting purchase we can make, they can last you a season, or a life-time. How are you making yours?