Sunday, December 25, 2005

Time Poverty Is The New Poverty

Time Poverty Is The New Poverty
I've been telling folks for a while that time poverty is the new yuppie disease.

Dickens once wrote, that misery occurred when expenses exceeded income, while happiness was when income exceeded expenses.

Today, the same holds true, except for time instead of money.

We all have choice in how we spend our time. And we should have the guts to spend it the way that we want, not the way that others want.

I'm glad that the media is starting to pick up on this trend and highlight stories of people who reclaim their lives from their busy schedules:

Fortune tells the story of top executives who use job sharing and other reforms to reclaim their lives.
http://money.cnn.com/2005/11/29/pf/balance_fortune_112805/index.htm?section=money_latest

A good story on the tension between Gen X/Y and the baby boomers, with quotes from a number of young 20 and 30-somethings who emphasize the desire for a life beyond the fast track.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002677988_webboomer11.html?syndication=rss

Side note #1: Early this year, some friends of mine (I think they were drunk at the time), called me up because they wanted to collaborate on writing a book about the baby boomers. The title? "The Worst Generation." I still think it would be a good idea.

Side note #2: Marcos Najera, who is quoted extensively in the article, is an old acquaintance from Stanford. I'm glad to see that he hasn't sold out to the man!

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