Everything you buy = a time commitment

One of the things that’s most altered my buying habits is the following: every time you look at something on the web, when your arrow hovers over the “Buy Now” button, and every time you’re in a store holding something in your hand thinking, “This is cool”, stop.  STOP.

Ask this: How much time does {your fancy} need you to invest in it?

That movie probably wants 2 hours from you.  That TV season box set wants anywhere from 13 to 20 hours.  That Playstation game wants 10-80, depending on your taste in games.  That book wants 5 to 20.  That PC you assembled from parts to play with FreeBSD — dozens of hours.  A beer brewing kit?  More hours.   A telescope?  Lots of night-time hours, all year round.

(And we’re not even talking about the really big ticket items, like cars or houses.)

Now ask: do you really have that kind of time?  Imagine your house.  Imaging everything else you have sitting there.  All the books you’ve not read yet.  Your stack of DVDs, or games.  You might have the next 5, 10, or 20 years of your free time already booked, already spent.

I’ll bet that you, like me, are horribly in time-debt.  Think of that the next time you’re attracted to something shiny.  And think of how to increase your balance sheet.  Bonus hint: it probably involves the Salvation Army.

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One Response to Everything you buy = a time commitment

  1. In many ways, I find the time debt as an investment against an uncertain future instead. (An uncertain future in which I usually count on electricity, which *could* be a mistake. But still.)

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