Question of the Week: Would You Rather Have More Money or More Time?

When you’re having trouble reaching your goals, you might think that it’s because you’re lacking something in your life. And that’s probably a lack of money or a lack of time.

Let’s say your goal is to lose weight. A lack of money might mean you can’t afford a gym membership, and a lack of time might mean you can’t seem to fit a workout into your day.

But which one is more important for you to be successful?

The trick is to find simple solutions or “life hacks” to make those hurdles easier to jump over.

So, if you don’t have money for a gym, you could find free exercise videos on YouTube or get a buddy to go for a daily run around the neighborhood with you.

If you don’t have time to exercise, you can delegate some of your tasks to other people (like have your kids set the table), wake up 30 minutes earlier, or stop doing things that eat up your time but aren’t essential to your happiness.

Saying that you don’t have enough money or time to reach your goals doesn’t make it true. You just have to stop being lazy and think creatively. You can do it!

What’s your top goal for September? If you are wishing for more money or more time to make it easier, brainstorm 5 little things you can do to work around your perceived obstacle. Or you can be an overachiever and think of 100 solutions.

For help finding more time, watch my time management video The Smart Advice That Pisses Me Off.

For help saving more money, read my post The Real Reason You’re Not Saving More Money.

Now it’s your turn! Would you rather have more money or more time?

In the comments below, share your choice and one solution you’re going to try this week to get more of what you want.


  1. Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista on September 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I always try to remind myself of this. I have chosen more time over more money in my life so when I try to be generous with others, I try to figure out how I can give of what I have…my time! But it is so easy to let that free time be sucked up with time wasters! Thanks for the reminder to be focused on our goals!

    • Sage Grayson on September 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Ashley! I usually want more time than money too.

  2. Amanda on September 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Honestly, right now I want more money. I hate that I just said that. Of course I know that money isn’t the key to happiness, and having time is a good thing 🙂 But sometimes it’s nice to have money to buy the things you want!

    • Sage Grayson on September 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Don’t be so hard on yourself, Amanda! We all focus on the money from time to time. And that’s OK! I like to have more money for experiences like family vacations rather than to buy things like clothes. There are good and bad ways to use money just like there are good and bad ways to use time. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Rachel G on September 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I would 100% choose more time over more money! And that’s probably why we’re a one income family….

    • Sage Grayson on September 5, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Hi Rachel! I think I’d probably choose more time too. With more time you can make more memories, which are more precious than things you can buy. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  4. Sarah @ Long Island Nerd on September 4, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I would say out of the two I’d like more time 🙂 I’ve lived without a lot of money for long enough that I’ve figured out some tricks to stretching it a little further. Time never seems to be on my side but my goal for September is to figure out a new routine to fit in some workouts at the new gym I joined! Yay!!

    • Sage Grayson on September 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Awesome! Finding a good routine is essential, and it’s taken me some trial and error to find what works so I have time for everything that needs to get done during my days. I hope you like your new gym!