Has anyone else noticed the multiplying effect that objects have on our time?
The more objects we buy, the more time we spend returning, exchanging, altering, managing, maintaining, paying off, protecting and upgrading them. The time you spent finding and buying the object is (often) only a fraction of the time investment it will require long-term.
Fill your life with too many possessions and you will spend much of your life maintaining them. Soon, your possessions will own you.
Turns out, the American Dream is not as dreamy as it seems. Buy five houses and a bunch of cars and then track how much time you spend handling all of these things- the loans, leases, insurances and maintenance around them and everything inside them. The notion of owning a lot is the American Dream because it suits the economy, not the owner.
If you believe in the preciousness of time, you should pay attention to your spending habits.
Shopping is a great pass-time if you are bored and looking for things to fill time. But if you seek to use time more effectively or create more of it, you should limit your purchasing to things which will enhance the quality of your life, are necessary to you, or which have a time-saving component built into them which ultimately outweighs the time it takes to buy and maintain it.
Some food for thought I’m taking with me as I hit the malls this holiday season.
Ho-ho-ho! Aren’t I a buzz-killing grinch? 😉