The researches find that our sense of extremely busyness is, some kind of a lie. If you compared to your American counterpart from decades ago, you have more leisure time now than people did in the sixties.
On average, about four to eight more hours of leisure time per week. While we’re working about as much as our parents and grandparents, a lot of this extra leisure is because of the technological wonders seen in today’s home life.
Internet shopping that delivers goods right to your door, machines that wash your clothes and dishes, and food that doesn’t take all day to prepare. All these little things add up, and we have a few additional weeks of free time a year.
Still, we truly feel like we’re busier. If we accept the research’s conclusion that we do have more free time. Why doesn’t it feel like we have an plenty of time?
The self-deception you’re running into is “time famine”. An astounding idea that Elizabeth Dunn does a much better job of explaining than I can. But I will try.
We humans tend to think that if something is rare, it’s probably valuable. And that’s generally like that.
But we additionally believe the inverse of that: if something is valuable, then it must be rare. As our incomes have risen over the decades, each one of our twenty four hours is worth more: we get paid more for an hour of our work. Also, as we earn more per hour than we used to, we grow to see that hour as both more valuable and more scarce than it once was. So when we need to ‘spend’ that hour, it feels like we’re giving more.
Back then when we were sweating out ten hour days, painting houses for seven bucks an hour, it seemed like we had all the time in the world. Now we’re managing a team for a more than hundred grand a year, earning a hell of a lot more in an hour than we did painting clapboards, we look up and seem to have less hours, regardless the possibility we were working for fifty of them a week in each job.
Some place along the line, we bought into the idea that time is money. And when we equate the two concepts, we reinforce the idea that both are insufficient. We become frugal with our cash and our time, despite the fact that we probably have both in greater abundance.
What’s more, believing time is money causes some other harmful behaviors to rear their heads. First, we’re less likely to donate our time when we think one of our hours is more valuable. When we could be earning $200, it’s harder to convince ourselves to donate that hour to a charity, even though it’s a great way to make you happy and, incredibly.It will make you feel like you have more time, as well.
Furthermore, when you start seeing your limited hours in terms of a monetary value, we even become less likely to do things like recycle. It’s just not worth our precious time.