When someone can distill an idea or a philosophy into a short, memorable collection of words, it can become a kind of mantra for people. It can be a reminder of how they want to live their life and how to be their best selves.
In my last post I discussed multitasking as something to avoid. I pulled one quote and one experiment to show that multitasking was bad and then moved on with my point.
As a lawyer, I feel the need to double back and support my argument. While many of you agreed, I recognize that I have not actually done the work to convince you that multitasking is, in fact, bad for productivity.
Everyone does it these days. There is so much going on and so many different sources of media that you can’t always help it.
Plus, aren’t you getting more done by doing multiple things at once? Doesn’t squeezing more things into the same time slot mean that you can accomplish more?
There is a quote attributed to Aristotle that is very popular in the online entrepreneur community lately.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
(It is actually a quote from Will Durant in a 1926 book providing his own summary of Aristotle’s position, but it sounds more powerful coming from a father of western philosopher than from a 20th century writer that nobody knows.)
The quote is nice. It sounds important and stresses habit building. Cool.
I spend a good deal of time preparing taxes this time of year.
My own, sure, but also lots of other people’s. I prepare taxes as a side hustle.
As far as side hustles go, it’s pretty good. The money is solid for a side gig. I can work as much or as little as I want. I get to work with numbers, which is something that I miss in my current day job.
And yes, I recognize that that last line may not be a selling point for most people.
I have learned a lot through this job, but there is one lesson in particular that I want to talk about today.
Last week we learned that one of the best ways to buy happiness is to spend money on experiences rather than things. Today, I want to explore a trick to squeeze a little extra happiness out of those same purchases.
The trick is paying in advance for as much of your experience as you can.
This helps increase the happiness you get from your experience in a few ways. First, it separates the event itself from the pain of paying. Next, the anticipation and delayed gratification will make you happier. Finally, in looking forward to your experience, the uncertainty of what is to come will bring you some extra happiness, as well. Continue reading “When Buying Happiness, Pay Up Front”