It seems like the top complaints among people these days are a lack of time and a lack of money. Everyone wants more of these seemingly elusive resources. In reality; we actually have more than enough of both, it just doesn’t seem that way because it’s often mismanaged.
I can almost hear the smirk. “Easy for you to say, you don’t know my situation.” And I don’t, so I won’t try. But I can guarantee you that there’s at least some room for improvement. (Go ahead and tally up what you spent eating out last month. And the subscriptions that you don’t or barely use. Or those trips to the mall for clothes you didn’t plan to purchase. Yeah. No, don’t tell me you don’t have extra money.)
I like when things are short and to the point; so let’s get to it.
1. What you focus on expands. So if you want more time, you need to focus on how you’re going to utilize the free time you do have effectively. Have you heard of Parkinson’s Law? It’s a law that says “work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”. To say it in English: if you give yourself one day to write a paper, it will get done in that day. If you give yourself 7 days to write a paper, it will take 7 days. (And most likely it won’t get started on until the 5th day.) If you want more time, be strict in how much time you allow for certain things.
2. Prioritize what you currently have. What do you want more? Time or to be all caught up on the latest reality tv show? (Why people like to spend their lives watching other people living on camera is beyond me. Those people don’t know or care about you. Don’t give them so much of your precious resources.)
3. Money flows to you when you respect it. Money should be viewed as a friend that you have a relationship with. You wouldn’t talk shit about a friend or neglect them. No one wants to be around people who don’t treat them positively. Money doesn’t want to be around ya negative ass either if you’re always talking shit about how it’s never there. Like attracts like. Give your money a job, pay attention to it by tracking what comes in and out, be selective in how it’s spent, and be thankful for what you do have. Suddenly you’ll realize you have more than enough when it’s handled properly. (And if you’re still rolling your eyes because the struggle is real – figure out what skills you can monetize and create a side hustle. Or flip shit.)
4. Realize that you’re never given what you can’t handle. Why would you be blessed with a huge house if you can’t keep your apartment clean? Why would you be blessed with a huge bank account if you don’t know where money is going? Why would you be blessed with more time if you waste it on hours of TV and Social Media?
You’re only given a promotion when you’ve proven you can excel in your current role. Same goes for time and money. At the end of the day, those who complain about not having money or time are really complaining about their lack of self-discipline.
Decide to do better.
Ashlynd Tuffentsamer is the host of the How To Be A Baddie Podcast, a self-improvement audio guide that reminds Pretty Bitches that being pretty only gets you so far.