What do you value most in life?
How much are you investing in the things that matter to you?
What’s it worth to you?
Are we talking about finances or about our self? The parallels between money and psychology are numerous and fascinating. We’re economic beings, but not just because we exchange money, goods or services, but because every day we’re spending or investing – and the currencies we trade are our time, energy, interest, awareness, emotions, and, of course money. We invest our precious and limited time, energy and awareness on things, people, events, jobs, relationships, causes, our bodies, and on our present, past or future selves. Are we investing in things that appreciate and add to our well-being, that enrich us and become assets? Or, do we spend time, energy, and focus on things that don’t enrich us, that perhaps even impoverish us? Maybe we’re even in a debt cycle – we are spending (wasting?) time on things we can’t afford, or spending extra time because of edges or habits we’re not on top of.
And how much of this is conscious and deliberate? Not much I fear. This reminds me of this post I wrote a few years back on Rework – how much extra time we spend on tasks and projects because of — things we can’t solve, or things we try to avoid. In the post I discuss how much negotiating edges structure our work flow, but it is also applicable to all of the choices we make, day to day.
Come join me in Australia this November to explore this topic, and more, at my seminar, Money Dreams: Finding your way in the material world.