It’s Not Too Expensive & You Do Have Time

Time and money are the two resources that hold us back from making impulsive decisions, instilling a sense of responsibility. You could insert the words “irresponsible”, “poor”, “thoughtless” and/or “bizarre” in place of impulsive; choose any color to relay the message that these two things keep us in check. In many cases, we see them as obstacles, not opportunities.

beliefs & behaviors

Decide what your priorities are and how much time you’ll spend on them. If you don’t, someone else will. –Harvey MacKay

The proverbial “they” tell us to look at our bank accounts – what do we spend money on? That list shows what’s important to you, things you deem worth your dollar. I would argue that some of these expenditures are necessities vs. priorities – I would much prefer to spend $0 per week at the gas station, instead of $50 – but you get the idea.

Before you swipe your card, think about where you’d place that purchase on your list of priorities. Worth the splurge or expenditure? Go for it.

Or, just another nagging “need” that you could go without? Put that $5-10 toward something more important. There’s your opportunity to save it.

It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, ‘What are we busy about?’ – Henry David Thoreau

Our time is spent differently every day, and no one keeps track of it on a nice list that screams “where did all my minutes go?!” (the cell phone companies have mastered that, though). But what if you were to keep a “Time Log”, with the same accuracy that some of us track mileage, calories, minutes spent exercising or dollars spent splurging? You would likely think of the daily 1440 minute budget differently.

I talk a lot about balance, and fitting things in (mostly some form of exercise that doesn’t involve running shoes), and how it all happens in a “busy” schedule. We’re all busy by our own definitions; we’re all on some sort of budget. It does no good to compare my schedule to that of a CEO’s who goes for a run every morning, or my budget to that of a millionaire spending on world-travel (oh, the life…). In the same breath, my priorities and allotted “free” time/money do not compare to anyone else’s. I just have to figure out how to use what I have, most efficiently and wherein I get the most satisfaction.

In my world, I talk to a lot of people about health and balance. I hear a lot of excuses, restrictions and reasons for not doing things. I understand most of them, and always try to relate on some level. Sometimes, I have to look in the mirror and try to do as I say; it’s not always easy, for anyone.honey badger

But, the bottom line is that being active and healthy is not too expensive – it’s a budget choice. It’s not too time consuming, it fits in when we choose for it to. If I want time to relax, I’ll find a way to fit that in, too.

Honey badger wouldn’t accept any excuses. He’s crazy.

If you’re not yet convinced that we can all figure out a time and money budget for personal wants (whether that’s fitness, travel, buying a house, etc.), here are some resources that come with stamps of approval:

Mint.com – Monitor your spending, manage your money.
Eternity Time Log – Yup, there’s an app for that.

MeetUp.com – Search your city, there is a group for you. Whether you’re looking for a walk/run-buddy, a sports team, a Mom/Dad-group, fellow trapeze artists or yogis, there is someone wants you to join their meet-up. These are usually free.

{YourCity}.com/org – Each city has a website (don’t expect much), and community centers have free events. Look up a calendar, you might be surprised to find free yoga, concerts, fairs, etc.

lululemon.com/community – A store near you has free classes, EVERY week.

This list could go on for a while, but I’ll let you add to that.

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What tactics to you use to budget your time and/or money? What excuses have popped into your head lately, that need to be silenced?

We all have our days, and there’s no doubt that there’s a place for indulging, relaxing on the couch and enjoying that monetary splurge every now & then. We all have things that keep us sane, and behaviors that can keep us on track to achieve what’s really important to us. The trick is balancing all of the above.

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6 responses to “It’s Not Too Expensive & You Do Have Time

  1. Elizabeth

    I feel like the title on its own has shamed me. I’ve been pulling the “there’s no time!” card a lot recently.

  2. Working out is the only thing I always make time for. I just read a great article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brazen-life/health-tips_b_1400392.html) 10 Health Mistakes You’re Making Right Now Because You Think You’re Too Busy. I posted it by our fridge at work!

  3. This post is the opposite of my life right now. Time? I gotcha some.

  4. Nice post! Two things that are so simple yet so easily forgotten much too often 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!

  5. “What are we busy about” I LOVE that!!! So simple, but so true! I need to ask myself that more often!

  6. this is my favorite post you’ve ever written! seriously, you nail it, and you are such a talented writer.

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