I asked you yesterday to think about what you would do if money were no object.
How you would spend your time.
It’s a mean question.
It requires you to zoom out, to the widest possible view: your entire life.
Interestingly, we talk about ‘spending’ time, the way we would talk about spending money.
But they’re not the same at all.
However hard-pressed you are for money – you can get more.
You can do more work, sell things, ask for it, set up a side hustle, babysit, dog walk, win with gambling, stocks and shares, cryptocurrency – rob a bank.
It is entirely possible, in a million different ways, to get more money.
But not time.
Even the 30 seconds you’ve ‘spent’ reading this –
is time you can’t get back.
(So I’ll try my best to make it worth the investment.)
One aim could be: to ‘lose’ less time.
Living a healthier life, so we get more of it.
We can ‘waste’ time:
Doing things that aren’t important,
Repeating tasks that could be done more efficiently.
Repeatedly moving the same things to get to other things, because you need to declutter.
Worrying about things whose outcomes you can’t control.
And the clock keeps ticking anyway…
We swap our time and energy – for money.
And with that money, we don’t always buy things that bring us joy.
There’s obviously essential spending, but what about the rest?
When you look around you at the things you once bought – how much of your time does each one equate to?
We pay for things … with hours or days of our lives.
Do you know your hourly rate?
Are you swapping those hours for things that bring you joy?
When you look around the room…
How many hours of life did that TV cost?
The Deliveroo at the weekend?
The shoes, the clothes, the ornaments, the possessions.
Some of those bring you joy over and over – totally time well spent.
And others – not so much.
When I asked what you would do if money were no object, it was a little bit mean because money IS entirely ‘object’.
But that thing you said would do…
It is a fair summary of your life’s purpose.
What you SHOULD be doing.
The thing, if you spent your time doing it – would equate to a life lived fully in line with your values.
Where you could be the happiest, most fulfilled, and at peace with how you spent that non-returnable time?
For most people – the answer to that question will stay a dream.
But we’ve said – the difference between visionaries and dreamers is that visionaries take action.
Imagine you were visited by an identical Parallel Universe copy of yourself.
They tell you they have the exact same ‘money-no-object dream’ as you.
They are starting from the same starting point and situation.
And they want you to help them draw up a rough outline plan of how to get there:
What would the major steps of the plan be?