More Time, More Money.
It’s Friday and today marks the first day of being my own boss. For a very long time I’ve told myself – who am I to have a ‘business’, and ‘you’re far too young to be working for yourself’ but it’s 2014, and I am full to the brim with optimism! I woke up this morning with a sense of freedom, and I can already feel that this is the beginning of something pretty awesome.
If some of you are scratching your head a little bit, thinking what on earth is she talking about – here’s a bit of a rundown as to where I am at:
At the end of 2013 I knew I wanted to devote more time to this blog and to other creative outlets such as GROOVE, singing and building some form of a life coaching business. Working full time makes it quite difficult to squeeze out the creative juices so I knew I needed to give myself more time to allow these things to flourish. I have been very fortunate in my current job to have both flexibility and support to create a working life that is manageable for me. I have been able to work longer hours during the week so I can have Friday’s off (yay), which leaves me with a whole day to put my time and energy into my ‘creative projects’ as I like to call them. You can see a reoccurring theme here, yes? Time. It’s one of those things we all wish we had, but sometimes we forget that we are all working with the same 24 hours a day. With the help of Julie Parker, I knew that I had to re-structure my time in order to lead a life that I truly wanted. However once you have the time to make things happen, sometimes its money that we need to get the ball rolling. Ah yes The M word. As the saying goes, you need to spend money to make money. This can be a really difficult concept to grapple with when it feels like yesterday that you were still living off Centrelink. However, we can actually give ourselves more time and more money, if we alter our mindset or relationship with these two things.
So if you are one of those people that constantly say “If only I had more time for that…” or “there are not enough hours in the day” perhaps ask yourself the following questions?
What do I want to devote more time to in my life?
How can I make time for these things?
What things can I let go of, to allow more space in my schedule to do what I love?
I want you to be specific. What does your ultimate day look like, from the minute you wake up to the moment you fall asleep? Break it down into hours.
I also want you to be somewhat realistic. I could go to the beach every day if I wanted to, but perhaps going once a week might be more doable? Re-adjusting and prioritising your time may be the ticket to changing your career, strengthening your relationship, or may even get you step closer to going on that dream holiday. It isn’t going to happen overnight, but surely if you consistently devote time to doing the things you want to do, you will eventually get there, right? RIGHT!
So what about money? Well now that we have a bit of time up our sleeve, we will most likely want to do heaps of fun things, and sometimes that involves digging into the pocket. I am certainly no money expert but I feel that there are a few things we could do to improve our relationship with money. Firstly, some more questions.
What do you value and where do you want to spend your money?
If health and fitness is important to you, perhaps your money might go towards gym memberships, or organic produce. Your money might go towards events, or clothes or a particular hobby. Track where your money is going and see if there are any changes that could be made to your spending habits so that it aligns with what’s important to you.
At the moment I’m saving up to go to the USA in October. By having this goal to work towards, it has made me think critically about where I want to devote my money. Money spent on parking at work could be spent frolicking around in New York. Again, it’s about prioritising.
What are the alternatives?
If you can’t afford that gym membership, perhaps you could get a 10 session pass, and space it out so you can still go a couple of times a month. You can include other activities into your week (walking, workout dvd’s at home etc) which will cost you next to nothing. If fine dining and movies is your weekly treat, can you make a delicious meal at home and opt for a dvd instead? There are always alternatives – you just need to get a little more creative.
So with all this in mind, what is one thing that you would like to devote more time to doing? In terms of money, what is valuable to you? I would love to hear your comments. Perhaps we could even hold ourselves accountable so share below!