“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.”
– James W. Frick
It has been one of those weeks. A blown-out tire. A leak in the air conditioning (and weather in the 80s), some eating out with being busy and not having time (or energy) to cook. If you looked at our financials this week you would think household items, cars and eating out were our priorities.
But really that was just a bad week. A normal week, we spend on things like groceries, transportation (gas, train, parking, etc.) and entertainment (books and movies). And these are our weekly top priorities. If we zoom out, to monthly/quarterly/yearly, you would see things like savings (for a house), vacation (at least one major trip per year), self-care (massage, gym membership, etc.) and pet related expenses (food, toys, vet). And I would agree with this assessment of our larger priorities.
The same concept could be applied to where we spend our time also shows where our priorities are. If family is my priority, but I spend all my time at work, what signal does this send?
Do your values and priorities match your spending, both financial and where you spend your time? How can you rethink this?