How to balance your lifestyle around time and money

 

         My fellow brothers and sisters, we should be careful of the times we are living in.  Although this is the most advanced technological period in time there are still issues we cannot ignore.  While it may seem like we are going in the right direction as a society, we have to really sit down and examine our motives.  Money has become the front runner and main motivation in this country today, and many people will do whatever it takes to gain a substantial amount of it to live comfortable or above their means.  But although extremely important and necessary, is gaining money really worth it in the long run? Let’s take for instance you have a successful career or business that requires you to work 80 hours a week and if you really think about it, you’re basically trading 80 hours of your  life that you can never get back for money. I totally understand that people have to work more due to economic inflation and the pressures to keep up in this digital society.  The new hourly norm is 60 hours a week or more, but at what cost.  What does working 60-70 hours a week mean for your family and free time?  Now if you’re relatively young and single then working 60-80 hours a week should be a walk in the park, but if you’re like most people who go to work to provide for their families, then you will take a see-saw affect.  Whatever you put the most energy in will certainly take away from another area of your life. So spending too much time at the office or in front of your computer at home could eventually hurt your entire family. Unfortunately family and recreational time in America has decreased over the past few decades.  Love of money and  the burning desire to maintain an expensive life-style has shattered the unity of many families across the nation.

         So I encourage everyday Americans to learn how to balance their lifestyle.  Yes, again we must work to eat and live, but we must also take into consideration that our lives don’t just revolve around money.  Sometimes by just simply taking a few days off a month to focus more on ourselves and family ventures could be exactly what the doctor order. Think you can’t do it? Think again! There are countless amounts of people who have discovered how to take more control of their lives by prioritizing their time wisely.  Although money is still important to them, their work or business does not rule their life anymore. These people have found a way to have fun with other aspects of life.  For example, author, speaker, and business owner Tim Ferris; if you don’t already know about him, I would suggest that you read about this modern day Renaissance man.  Tim has found a way to automate his life style completely so that he can do whatever he wants and go where ever he wishes without being concerned or bond by his business. I encourage everyone to read his book called “The four hour work week” and get a new prospective on how to manage time and money.

Once again, please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t chase money or great opportunities, but we should be mindful and aware that our personal free time and the time we spend with family and friends, are significant as well, and will play such huge role in our personal stress and family issues.

 

Ways to maximize your time at work and home

  • Depending on your job type,  start checking your emails at designated times. I have found that once in the morning and once in the afternoon works best for me.
  • Always try to fit at least four hours of YOU-TIME(time for meditation, hobbies, and self-focus), a week
  • No matter how much you work, a little family time can go a long way.
  • Your Job should not become the center of your life
  • Getting good sleep in more important than you may think
  • Schedule a monthly off day where you can really relax
  • Minimize your cell phone usage
  • Minimize your TV usage
  • Learn and practice new hobbies
  • Work on your personal goals
  • Do what makes you happy
  • Avoid getting too stressed out about things you can’t control
  • Hire a virtual personal assistants to ease the pressure of doing everything yourself( Business Related)