I have been reading The Richest Man in Babylon of late. What a tremendous book. Timeless.
However, if you go beyond the finance advice you find nuggets of wisdom everywhere.
I am paraphrasing here as I am writing this post while my kids sleep and I don’t want to dig around for the book, plus I’ll be in bed myself in ten minutes.
“Save ten percent of your income, but don’t push for much more, enjoy the rest.” Or something to that effect. It goes on to tell the story of the man who lives carefree, but only because he did what he had to first.
This was a timely lesson for me as I have a tendency to feel like I should always be pushing, I feel the urge to fill every free moment with “productivity”.
It’ll be 7pm after a long day of work and raising kids and I’ll still feel like I should be getting things done, the sense of urgency would never go away.
Well, after reading that passage in the book I decided to give it a try, I gave myself permission to enjoy life so long as my responsibilities were taken care of.
In the book the man spends his money freely so long as he is saving ten percent, he enjoys it so much more because he’s done what he needed to do first.
This can apply to more than just money. Can’t we enjoy our time the same way?
Once we have completed the work required of us for that day to fulfill our responsibilities, don’t we then deserve the chance to rest and enjoy leisure?
I sure think so. I have tried it and it is sweet.
So long as my work is done, my home is maintained, and my family obligations are taken care of I feel free to enjoy the time remaining in each day.
Now, if I couple this with the financial lessons above I find that I can freely enjoy my time and my money which is doubly sweet.
Try it out, you have permission to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
There’s a powerful lesson in the parables of this book, that pushing past a certain point leads to diminishing returns and less happiness.
Save ten percent of your income, invest the first few hours of your day wisely, and you can enjoy a wealth of time and money.