If you want to know someone well, find out how they spend their time and their money. I am just putting the finishing touches on some Excel schedules that help you track your time and money. You might be surprised to see how in sync or out of sync your values are with what you are doing in life.
I am hooked on podcasts lately. I spend an unbelievable amount of time in my car these days. As a hockey mom in Southern California, I travel all over the Los Angeles and Orange Counties for either my kids’ school or hockey. Since I have teenagers who don’t get much sleep, there isn’t a lot of quality time in the car. They are either asleep or on their devices. Therefore, to make sure I am still growing and matching my values with my time, I’ve turned my car into a school. My number one priority is paying attention to the road, but I’ve also been able to learn a few things along the roads. I can listen to a Spanish lesson or the latest accounting podcast (seriously, they are more fun than you’d imagine). I’ve resigned myself that I need to be in the car at this time of my life, and so why not make the best of it?
How can you take your current situation and see it as an opportunity to learn? Spend a few minutes today to see if your time and money are matching your values and if you could use some of either resource a little more cleverly. Enjoy the road of life. Happy travels! Stay tuned for the soon-to-be-released tools to track time and money.