Updated: Dec 20, 2020
For much of my life, I thought that I wanted to be rich, mainly because everyone seemed to think that’s a good idea. Over time, I would meet many sad, distrustful wealthy people and many happy, engaging people who happen to be poor.
Globally, a certain income is required to meet basic needs, but after that, any increase causes no greater pleasure*. Personally, many happy and meaningful times were with family and friends or accomplishing goals at small/no cost.**
Time affluence is the idea the you can pursue activities which are meaningful and even fun. In other words, you've exceeded the bounds of stress and regret.
Time well spent drives happiness and contentment.
While many people truly cannot control their time, often others suffer from a perception that is the case. Society seems to applaud long office hours and constant availability to work. Most people do not love their work.
Forcing time to pursue a better life leads to the energy and creativity needed for success, however you define that term.
𝐖𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐀𝐟𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞
Like business, a more rewarding life requires hard work. Here’s what to do:
𝘔𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 – Record the time you spend doing all activities for at least a week and measure the pleasure from them.
𝘌𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘢𝘵𝘦 – Rank both the happiness and satisfaction for those and other activities which could occupy your time.
𝘛𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘗𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘈𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 – List times viewing shows, social media, etc. where you're the audience and not the performer. We all deserve a break, but many times, passive activities go from relaxing to simply distracting and have no benefit.
𝘊𝘶𝘵 𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 – Make active choices to remove unproductive tasks which take time while ranking low. Unsubscribe from unfulfilling emails, groups, and events.
𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘈𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 – Trade passive time with meaningful activities such as a hobby, side hustle, or self-improvement. You may also try new behaviors such as exercise, sleep, and talking with advisors to increase your productivity and joy. For other tips, see below***.
When making changes in your life, start slowly, maybe just one 15-minute trade each week. After a few weeks, you should start to feel a difference in building time affluence.
Valuing yourself is far more important than material wealth.
* A recent study showing the exact incomes needed for life satisfaction and emotional well-being can be found here: https://go.nature.com/2KgjLV1
** I realize that most people in the world have little control over their lives. I hope you have enough means to make decisions and to get help when needed.
*** Other tips to increase your time affluence:
Say no to events and activities you truly don’t want to join
Block recurring time on your calendar for what matters, including leisure
Avoid procrastination since it adds more hours to already unpleasant work
Volunteering is a way to benefit in several ways – meet new people, learn a new skill, and feel good afterwards
Meditation is a way some people spend a little time (5-10 minutes) to own the rest of their day
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez who can be found here: gallery.priscilladupreez.com