Monday, February 7, 2011
Does Time Equal Money?
Does time equal money? This is a question that has been asked over and over again. In the business world, the answer is yes. Even planning for a family vacation, people consider the cost of time over flying as a variable in their planning.
Time is a non renewable resource. There is a finite amount—minutes in an hour, hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a year and so on. And, the finite amount varies for each of us. So wouldn’t that make time more valuable than money?
This subject is on my mind as I face a long week ahead—between work commitments and a short term volunteer commitment. I’ve done both before, just not in the same week. And, I was lamenting a bit about how my time was going to be used in the upcoming days. . . and not feeling like I had much control over it. But, that is only for the short term; a week.
But it did get me thinking about time and how it is spent. How sometimes other people spend our time for us and sometimes, well, most of the time, we get to decide. How sometimes time feels wasted. Maybe that is why we have learned to multi-task.
I have found that one of the best ways to spend time is with my family, especially while on vacation. Just last night, the boy asked if we could go on another Adventures By Disney trip. I replied that we might. Then I asked him why he wanted to do that again. He could name numerous memories from our trip that was over a year and a half ago. What a memory! But also, what an example of how time was spent to create memories!
So, does time equal money? No. Time is more precious than money. Time equals memories.
How will you spend your minutes?