How To Invest Your Time

Once you`ve hit a medium to high level of freedom, you should be able to live almost wherever you want while having extra spare time and money. How should you then spend your time?

Well, there is no clear answer to that. It all depends on what brings you happiness in life.
For some people it`s traveling, for others it`s having enough energy to train Brazilian jiu jitsu on a regular basis.
It can even be spending more time with your kids or playing chess often.
The key is to be specific about how you want to spend time when you reach higher levels of freedom, preferably before it happens. Spend quite some time thinking about it and write it down.

The most important thing about reaching these levels of freedom is autonomy.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, autonomy can be the number 1 contributor to overall happiness (
The definition of autononmy is «the feeling that your life—its activities and habits—are self-chosen and self-endorsed». Simply put, autonomy is the sense of wanting to take action instead of being coerced to do so.
Some professions and companies have a decent degree of autonomy, but in general the autonomy you have when you run your own profitable online business is much higher.
Do you have autonomy when you have to work 40 hours or more per week for a company or organization that someone else owns, and a boss can tell you quite often what you have to do and when to do it?
My answer to that is no, you absolutely don`t have autonomy if that is your situation.

If recent studies show autonomy is that important for happiness, why would anyone want to invest 40 to 50 years of their lives in regular jobs? Assuming that you primarily aim for overall happiness in life.
The model for how to live is outdated, or maybe it never was meant to benefit the wellbeing of employees?


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