10 Reasons To Think Like A Traveler @ Home | #5

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Reason #5 | Time Is A Currency. 

This realization will change your life - and I write about it in detail HERE. 

We know money is a currency. We want as much of it as we can get, generally speaking. We think carefully about how we spend it, because (for most of us), it doesn't grow on trees. But - and this is a big but - money is a renewable resource. You can always earn more of it.

As far as we know, time is not renewable. Whatever you have, you have. You don't know how much you have, but you know you have some. We're born on an even playing field when it comes to time: we all get some, and we don't know how much of it there is. But it's all we get. 

Got five vacation days earned at work? Just five days to explore France, you say? You’re probably going to pay for the slightly more expensive flight from Paris to Nice, rather than take the six hour train ride - why lose half a day to transportation time? Your time currency is in short supply on a five day trip, so you’re likely to pay with more Money than Time. On the flip side, if you’re exploring Peru for more than a month, you’re probably okay with long bus rides and train journeys. You’ve got plenty of time to see Lima and Machu Picchu alike, so you’ll spend more time than money in that case. 

Whatever the situation, travel makes you more aware that your time is just as valuable as your money.

If you're on your way to work today instead of Machu Picchu, keep this in mind: time is a currency. Work as hard as you want to earn as much money as you want, but don't forget how valuable your time is. Build something fun into your schedule. Create space on your calendar for play. Spend your time - notice the phrasing 'spend' - doing things that create happiness for yourself and bring good into the world. 

Being mindful in life is always a good thing! Remember this on your average Tuesday in the city you call home, and you won’t waste precious minutes, or cash.