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Feb 07, 2019 15:31:30

Hidden Time Traps

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Abhinaya Konduru

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I am reading the 6-part series on HBR, The Poor and Unhappy. My thoughts on the first part here.

The second part is about to impact on our happiness based on our decisions regarding time vs money.

Here are some decisions I have to make almost all every day:

Transportation

Do I take public transportation or ride share to go back and forth from work to home?

Public transportation costs $2.25 per ride. Takes about 30-40 min each way and I get about 20 minutes of walk time.

Rideshare cost depends. If it's a pool or shared ride and it costs about $5 per ride and takes 15 - 30 min each ride and if it's a regular ride, it costs $8 - $10 and takes about 15 min on a regular day with good weather and traffic.

These are the questions I ask myself when I am making a decision:

To go home from work -

  • What am I doing when I get home?
  • Is it time sensitive?
  • How bad is the traffic/weather?
  • Do I want to cook dinner or eat something that I already made/easy to make?
  • Do I have the energy to walk?
  • Do I have any discounts from rideshare apps? 
  • Do I want to be alone for the night and not talk to anyone?

To go to work from home -

  • How bad is the traffic/weather?
  • Do I want to get some extra sleep that day?
  • What am I making for breakfast and how long will it take?
  • Am I going to work out before work?
  • Do I have any discounts from rideshare apps? 


Eating

Do I cook or eat out?

Ingredients to cook cost about $5 and takes at least an hour from start to finish. Other things to keep in mind are travel time to get ingredients and making sure ingredients are still fresh.

Eating out or getting food delivered from a semi-healthy place costs about $10 - $20.

These are the questions I ask myself when I am making a decision:

Breakfast

  • How early can I wake up?
  • Am I going to the gym?
  • Do I need to get into work early?
  • Do I have the necessary ingredients?
  • Did I plan on working something else?

Dinner

  • How much time do I have to dedicate for cooking and cleaning?
  • Can I get food with friends?
  • If I am attending an event, do they have food there?
  • Do I have the necessary ingredients?
  • Are my roommates cooking food tonight?
  • Am I going to be lazy for the night? 

At the end of the day, it's much cheaper to cook at home than eating outside but once you start adding up time and energy into the equation, it might break even at this stage of my life. Even though I like cooking, I wouldn't want to do it every day.

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