Time is money and money is time

One of the things I’ve gained over the last few months is a better perspective on my time.

Time is really valuable, one of the most valuable things we have.

Looking after it is partly a matter of mindset, of approach.

If someone asked me “how’s business?” I’d immediately respond “really busy”. I don’t do that now, I say “really good”.

When I have something else to do my initial thought was mild anxiety - “when can I squeeze it in?” Now it’s “I’ll add it to the list and it will get done”.

Looking after it is also a matter of money. Because money can buy you time.

I have a load of software work for some existing clients to work through. Software is slow, focussed, work. But one of my old developers, Pavel, messaged me the other day. He had left to join a startup but things were slow so was asking for more work. And because I’ve got a bit of money put aside, I can afford to hire him back. Meaning he can take a load of tasks I don’t enjoy doing off my plate.

Money doesn’t really motivate me. But being able to choose what I do with my time? That’s really important to me. The money let’s me do that, which is why I make sure I look after it.

So how do you spend your time? And your money?

Rahoul Baruah

Rahoul Baruah

Rubyist since 1.8.6. Freelancer since 2007, dedicated to building incredible, low-cost, bespoke software for tiny businesses. Also CTO at Collabor8Online.
Leeds, England