Inside Eastside Article Jun 2017

Time is Money
When I was young one of the sayings that I came to grips with early was “Time is Money”. It was easy for me to understand that the time my parents spent at work was earning money that put food on the table and a roof over our heads but as I grew older and a little bit wiser I realised that there were many different dimensions to this saying. For instance, it isn’t just about the amount of time spent working but about when that effort is put in. By doing work earlier you reap the rewards earlier and therefore provide an opportunity to do other non-work activities that made you feel good in the time previously allotted for working. I could even spend time picking my own apples and fruit from obliging neighbours’ properties or accessing other food resources in my local neighbourhood. I didn’t earn money but I felt good about myself and achieved my goal of being well fed. In fact, it got me valuing my time not in terms of money but by doing and achieving things.
Everyone has their own limited allotment of ‘time’ given to them free of charge at the time of their birth and how you spend it is, in the end, up to you. The law of ‘supply and demand’ states that the less of a resource there is the more valuable it becomes. A life time limited to a maximum of around 130 years with an unknown termination date becomes the most valuable resource to individuals. Some people value their time more than others depending on how they view themselves so it is important that we do feel good about ourselves.
I realised early that I wanted a decent return on the time I was spending and therefore made sure that what I got back from spending it has provided me with maximised good feelings and achievements. If you have done it right then you will be left with many good memories and happy with the physical outcomes as well. The beauty of good memories is you can always drag them out at any time and bask in the good feelings they engender…bad memories, not so much.
I could go on and on but I am sure you get my point. Don’t waste your time (and money) on creating bad outcomes and feelings. Spend your time wisely and consider what you want to do with your life and taking care of the people and things that matter to you. If you come in and see us all you are spending is a bit of time (appointments are free) and that could create those good feelings and achievements that everyone needs in their lives.

  • Pakanui Tuhura (Manager – Rotorua Budget Advisory Service Inc)
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