Time Poverty (HBR)


This is a ‘wow’ moment. We may pursue wealth as we scramble up the corporate ladder, but we may all experience time poverty. What is the trade off? We don’t usually see our lives as comprised NOT ONLY of the wealth we pursue, but also the precious minutes that pass WHILE we delay gratification, WHILE we trade time for other items of “low cost.”

For example, how many of us shop across airlines and end up purchasing the ticket for $379 that my have a 2 hour layover instead of the direct flight for $450? I know I’ve been guilty of that tradeoff. And yet, for the $71 savings, you have relegated yourself to sitting in a distant airport, NOT being at your destination, and not being at home. Is your time worth more than $36 an hour?

Now I’m going to refer to Tim Urban’s blog WaitButWhy, specifically a post he wrote about “Your Life in Weeks“. Read it. You’ll look at your life differently, and maybe reconfigure your priorities. It is thought provoking.

CMIO’s take? This is a short post; spend more time with the linked articles. Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” And our contemporaries expand this in ways relevant to our modern, too-rushed lives. Spend some time on these ideas. And, let me know what you think!

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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