The Value of Your Time

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2010

I led a time-management workshop this past weekend and we spent a good chunk of the workshop discussing the value of time.

How much is your time {or my time} worth? What are you willing to give up to get more time?

Great questions, huh?

We’ve all heard the saying, “time is money” and to a certain degree, I believe that saying is true. However I feel there are plenty of situations when time is MUCH more valuable than money. Don’t you think?

The women at my workshop agreed, and decided to make a list of some of the situations where time would trump money.

Here are ten of my favorites from their list:

1.  Time with a sick, elderly, or dying loved one

2. Time with your children before bed

3. Time with, and ONLY with, your spouse {or significant other}

4. Time with family and friends during holidays and special events — even if you don’t get vacation days

5. Time on weekends to “unplug and recharge” — no working allowed!

6. Time doing something you REALLY love — just because

7. Time spent volunteering for a cause or organization you support — not because you were “guilted” into it either

8. Time with each individual child, grandchild, etc. where you can really tune into their needs

9. Time spent taking the back roads and enjoying the scenery — even if it does waste a little extra gas

10. Time spent in prayer or personal devotion — even though you have 537 other things to do

I thought this was a great list and it really got me thinking about what I value more — time or money.

For the most part, I’m extremely frugal but I also value my time and try REALLY hard to save time whenever I can so I’ll have more time to do those activities on the list above.

I suppose if we are really honest with ourselves, we can always find little ways to cut our expenses or make additional income {even in a bad economy} but we can never get our time back — NEVER! Maybe it IS true; time can be more valuable than money.

What about you? What do you value more?

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3 comments

  1. Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead

    10/26/2010

    I always try to take time for my daughter no matter what. And love taking the back roads, especially since my truck doesn’t go fast. Highway driving is just awful. I’m in the process of decluttering our home so I have more time for the important things in life! It’s an arduous task but I know it’s going to be worth it.

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  2. Rachel

    10/26/2010

    Not too long ago I would have said I value money more than time. Now, I am beginning to really focus on valuing my time and using it wisely because it is so precious! I believe becoming a mother has caused me to realize how precious time really is!

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  3. Betsy (Eco-novice)

    10/27/2010

    This list really shows that relationships are what make life worthwhile.

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