October 6th, 2009 by Admin
All content copyright Paul Smyres 2009 Living Being Media
There is that old saying, “a penny saved is a penny earned”. And when we save money, we also gain the time spent earning it.
These days, getting the most out of our money is very critical. It’s always important, really, but it’s common not to pay much attention to that most of the time.
Here are some observations and tips for having more time in your life, plus more money.
Don’t settle for getting junk in exchange for your precious time you spend earning the money.
First, look at what you buy. Do you need it, REALLY ? Whenever you buy something, you spend some irretrievable time getting the money for it.
Are you getting something back for your money as precious as your time that you can never replace ? It’s a valid question. Think carefully about what you spend money on and you’ll have a lot more available for getting the things you TRULY want. You will also have more time to enjoy the things you get.
Spend time researching before you buy. These days that’s so easy on the internet. Nothing’s worse than buying on impulse, getting junk, overpaying, and then not using what you buy. Total waste of time. You will have more money and time to enjoy life if you find out what you really need before you go shopping. Once you know WHAT you want or need, you can start finding the best price. Beyond that, there may be many items, such as a printer, that can do a job for you, but if you look into it carefully, you’ll discover what specific printer is best for reliablity, utility, and quality. If you do all that and buy EXACTLY what you need, you will have save a lot of time and aggravation, enabling you to focus more and getting the task done.
One way to save money / time is to buy things that greatly increase your efficiency. Get the right pens, filing system, computer, workspace, and you’ll get your work done. Quality, durable equipment with many features that enable you do every thing you need and lets you also expand. Money spent on efficiency is money very well spent. I recently got a new computer, after researching for hours. It’s ( iMac 24 inch Intel version ) perfect for me and I’ll save hundreds of hours per year over my problematic PC, and get more kinds of work done, faster. Plus, it serves as a backup to my other Mac laptop.
Another way to save money / time is to have a plan. You need an outline. You can’t get anywhere if you are scattered with no idea what you are trying to do. Pilots do this all the time. The plan their flight, with options in case of bad weather or malfunctions. Use checklists. Checklists are useful for all kinds of things, from groceries to long termbusiness planning.
Time, our most precious resource