You can always make money, but you can never make time.
We talk about money here ALL THE TIME with good reason. Yet, the root of our problems was never the lack of funds. We know how to make money. We already do it every day.
You might not like how you it, but you get up, work and bring home an income. Some people earn more, some less but everybody earns something.
If we had more time, we can always make more money.
Oh I can hear the naysayers already. “Oh I have time. I’m just too tired to earn a side income.” No, you aren’t. You are just lazy.
But let’s forget about laziness for a second too. If you had more time, you can nap every day, and if you STILL had time, you can then work on your side income.
But only if you had more time.
Now, why is this important? Consider how we spend our time. Just off the top of my head, I can think of at least six ways that people waste their time. Here they are, in no particular order.
- Work on Their Weaknesses – This starts young. Imagine coming home with a report card and having all “A”s except English, which you got a C in. Guess which subject your parents and teachers are going to tell you to work on? By all means, work on your weaknesses so it doesn’t interfere with your success, but we are ultimately judged on our strengths. If I ended up a scientist, is my English skills that important as long as I could communicate my theories?
- Commute – The census bureau reported in 2005 that Americans spend, on average, more than 100 hours commuting to work each year. 100 hours.. That’s $725 even if you work at minimum wage. Get a job that pays $50,000 a year and 100 hours quickly amounts to more than $2,400. And that’s not all. There are people like me who work at home, which means there’s someone else spending more than 200 hours on the road each year. Never mind the gas and extra maintenance on your car. Take your life back and stop spending it on the road.
- Watching TV – If you do it for entertainment purposes, then fine, I can respect that. But don’t just sit there because you have nothing to do. Think of something productive to spent your time in, so you won’t be worried about how you are going to pay for your next impulse buy.
- Waiting in Line – I can’t even possibly imagine how much time we spent waiting. Just waiting for food probably costs us hours upon hours every week. Why not try to minimize some of that? Call ahead and order beforehand, make a reservation or eat a little earlier (or later) is all that’s needed to save you oh so much time.
- Day Dreaming – We all do it, but it’s not because we are lazy. We want to focus, but it’s difficult when we are overweight. Watch your diet and exercise, and I assure you that you will regain much more than the half an hour you spend at the gym every day.
- Multi-tasking – I will keep saying this until you believe me. Stop trying to do two things at once. Work on one task, finish it, then move on to the next.
Change your habits, and save a ton of time. Then, the choice of more money is yours.