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Invest Your Time Instead of Just Spending Your Time


In an earlier blog, I mentioned how time is our most valuable currency.

The more we become aware of this, the more we won’t allow ourselves to scroll our lives away.

There will be a day where we wish we had more time.

If we can envision ourselves in the future looking back on us, that future version will probably say: why o why did you spend your time like that!?

Our future selves are not “blind” anymore and can judge our current selves easily of course.

Nevertheless, many of us live our lives like we will live another 500 years.

Especially teenagers think this way, which is no surprise of course.

We all were more in the moment, enjoying our lives and learning and experiencing on the way.

The older we become, the more we should be asking ourselves: am I spending my time or am I investing my time?

Since we become more conscious of our mortality, we often tend to care less about what other people think.

We realize this is a waste of time, we realize that at the end of the day, society doesn’t really care if we live or if we die.

Another lesson that we learn is to say “No”.

It becomes easier to reject others because again, a “Yes” will require time and energy.

When you ask yourself: am I spending my time or investing my time in all honesty, you may want to change your activity or shift your behavior in that activity.

Being productive is not the only way to invest your time.

When you watch Stranger Things with your spouse and you’re both fully immersed in it, then you’re sharing an experience and investing in your relationship.

This is an example of investing your time.

When you’re on your phone instead, then well…you’re just spending your time.

Investing your time means that you engage in activities that bring you meaningful rewards.

So let’s take the example of your phone and social media use.

How are you using your time?

Are you investing your time by participating in groups that may help you with any challenges or by building your online brand?

Or are you spending your time by doomscrolling and comparing and despairing?

Be mindful of your time.

24 hours a day is a lot, unfortunately we don’t know how many sets of those 24 hours are available to us in the future.