I saw a video on Facebook the other day that questioned “would you spend $200 to buy back 10 hours?”
What a great question for a business owner.
In the last few years, the things that I truly value in life have transitioned. In my 20’s my focus was money. Constantly seeking a higher income in the hope it would buy me happiness via new clothes, weekend breakfasts and just getting on top of my debt but we all know how the saying goes, “money cant buy you happiness”. I found myself every Sunday afternoon with this ever increasing weight of dread sitting on my shoulders knowing that I have a full 5 days of work ahead of me, just to make it to the next weekend in the hope that it would be better than the one just passed.
This lead me to question, is this really all there is? Spending the best years of our lives working in a job we aren’t fulfilled in, coming home each night complaining about who said what in the meeting, squeezing in an hour with our kids before saying “nigh night” and flopping into bed thinking about all the things we have to do tomorrow.
That was my ‘fork in the road’ and this time, I chose to value time over money.
Today, my entire life is about delegating and outsourcing. I am very selective about how I spend my time and who I spend it with. Those of you who have attempted to call me know I am more likely to answer your email than your call. Why? Because when you call, I am likely to be kid wrangling or focusing on a project and you will only have a part of my attention. Also, I consider most phone calls to be a very ineffective use of time.
On that subject, so is admin and SOA writing and bookkeeping and following people up and checking work and trying to figure out how to edit a video etc. All of these jobs are a part of having a business but they don’t need to be done by me. Yes, it costs money but my time is better spent working on my business rather than in it.
When I hear people say ‘the kids grow up so fast’, I cant help but think it may seem that way because they don’t get to spend much time with them. If you were with them everyday would you still feel the same way? I will never look back on my life questioning whether I should have spent that money to have more time with my family. Time with them is living to my highest value because life is what happens when we leave the office.