I attended a workshop on time management a few months back and one point that was emphasized in the lecture was that “we can’t buy time.” Once time is gone, you can never get it back. Spending time on non-sense stuff can never be returned back to be used again.
However, I still feel that in one way or another we CAN buy time. When I say “buying” means the use of money. How I do it?
1. There are several ways to go to work -by public bus, which passes by every 30 minutes, or by taxi which you can take anytime. The bus is a much cheaper way but it would take me a longer time to reach my workplace, because it stops every now and then at many bus stops. But most of the time, I take the taxi to get to work, because I arrive early at work and the extra minutes I get is used to prepare my self for work. And since it only takes a short time to get to work with the taxi, I didn’t have to wake up early. That means I can sleep that few minutes in the morning and get up without rushing. That means I can stay up a bit late the previous night to be with my family. I feel that I “bought” time by taking the cab instead of the much cheaper bus.
2. Coming home from work would be the same. Instead of waiting for the public bus, I take the cab again to reach home early. That means I will be spending the extra minutes at home resting and enjoying with my family, than spending it outside the streets waiting for the bus to come and then standing inside a full-packed bus. I get to eat dinner early too.
If you have the budget to spend on “time” why not buy it for some quality life? Indeed, once time passes, it can never be bought back.