Money becomes a huge focus when you seem to have run out of it. It gets me thinking about the function of money in my life. I work and I work, then I get paid a certain amount depending on what I put into it. Now since I work hourly, my time is being bought, hour by hour. Now that time as a quotient of my day and life is essentially putting a price on both the work that is being done and the person who is doing the work. Once I have that I start to measure the cost of things in hours rather than dollars because it’s much easier to conceptualize.
Now, take for instance standing in line for lunch, should I go after that sandwich, that will cost me about half an hour, maybe I should pick up those chips, another fifteen minutes, drink will cost me twenty and I can make it a meal for the added cost of ten. I wish when I came up to the counter they rang me up and said, that will about about an hour and fifteen, but thats usually what I try to do. It makes me understand how I want to spend my time and money. Unlimited music a month for one hour of my time, hell yeah! A nice book, usually runs me about two, same with the interent. My apartment costs me about 70 hours which is worth it but it does take up a lot of my time. Thats when I get to the problem at I don’t have enough hours to do the things I want to do or I might literally not have enough time.
It’s a strange exchange none the less but I find that there is a great motivation through it. I either find things that will take up less of those figurive hours that I sell or maybe I find that there is more value in the hours I have. Our goal is to maximize our time output while minimizing the percentage of our time that every day expenses take up. That way we can reach an equalibium where we feel comfortable with how much time we spend to fuel our lives. That way, we don’t have to worry about about the small things like how much time do I have to work to get a sandwich but think about how many hour we have to work to spend the time on memories, which ultimately are priceless.