Time is More Than Money – Happy Hour
Today is the last Friday of the month and in case you are new to this blog or my podcast, on the last Friday of the month, I host a happy hour on my podcast where the happy hour ladies and I talk about various money topics while drinking cheap drinks! Today, we’re talking about the most precious commodity we all have: time. The ladies joined me for some drinks to share their thoughts on time and how they manage it best. Listen and enjoy! Cheers!
As a side note: the first week in March, I will be recording a special listeners’ only Happy Hour with three lucky listeners! If you’d like to be selected, you must:
- Enjoy a good Happy Hour
- Be a member of the Martinis and Your Money Facebook group
- Today – February 24th – you need to post in the Facebook group something you’ve learned or thought about differently since listening to this show.
I will pick the top three responses and schedule a Happy Hour call to record the podcast! The winners will be notified next week!
What are we drinking?
Melanie from Dear Debt — Vodka martini
Tonya from Budget and the Beach — Chardonnay
Mrs. Frugalwoods from Frugalwoods.com — Boxed white wine
Shannon — Beringer Cabernet
- The most important asset we all have is time.
- The better we manage time, the better we manage everything else.
- Melanie is a freelancer and she uses:
- Melanie says managing time and managing energy go hand-in-hand.
- She knows she is night owl and she tries to avoid early meetings and scheduling things early in the morning.
- One change she has made in the mornings is giving herself one hour in the morning and at night to not look at her phone.
- A quote that really resonated with Melanie was “do you want to be a consumer or a creator?”
- As a working mom, Mrs. Frugalwoods manages her time by following her daughter’s schedule.
- When Babywoods goes down for a nap, Mrs. Frugalwoods is writing.
- She is very slow to reply to emails and text messages because she is laser-focused when she sits down to write.
- Following her daughter’s schedule has made her a very fast writer.
- She says a routine schedule helps her the most with managing time.
- Tonya says she is a combination of a free spirit and Mrs. Frugalwoods.
- The key for her is saying no to doing a lot of things.
- She has a routine for some parts of the day like when she wakes up (5:30am!) and the rituals she does in the morning.
- She enjoys a slow morning and easing into her day.
- On the weekends she sleeps in until 6:00am – 6:30am and then tries to workout around 9:00am.
- She says she needs to be more efficient about finishing her tasks.
- She read Essentialism by Greg McKeown and highly recommends it.
- Her biggest takeaway from it was if you’re not prioritizing your own life, someone will prioritize it for you!
- Shannon says the ultimate thing about managing time is knowing yourself.
- Allowing downtime is very important to keep her from getting burned out.
- Understanding how you function during certain periods of time is extremely important!
- Shannon doesn’t use a lot of apps but she is obsessed with using her Google Calendar.
- It is really important for her to put her son Will on the bus to school every morning because her evening schedules are always so hectic.
- Tonya went from freelancing back to a 9 to 5 and she hasn’t found many challenges besides not being able to workout in the mornings at her optimal time like she used to.
- Frugalwoods doesn’t think she could ever go back to a 9 to 5 job.
- Tonya says napping for 20 minutes really helps her during the day.
- Shannon says napping destroys the rest of her days.
- The ladies all agree that multi-tasking decreases productivity.
- Find what works best for you – whether it is an app or a schedule – and manage your time so it aligns with your priorities!
- TAKEAWAY: Think about time as you think about your money. It’s precious and we need to manage it accordingly because it’s not infinite.