Daily Choices and Math

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I truly appreciate your visit.

I was awake last night thinking about choices, and math. I was thinking how little things add up. The coffee breaks I spent with co-workers added up to many hours of time I look back on with appreciation. Looking back I realize those were special gifts to have such amazing friends.

I was also thinking how forty years ago when we were just starting out how careful we were with our spending. I always brought my lunch and even brought tea bags from home and paid 5 cents for hot water so I could have a tea on the rare occasion I didn’t go walking on my coffee breaks.

When we first married we didn’t have a television and our time was spent reading, walking, and doing things. We never felt deprived.

But I was thinking about choices; how important daily choices are. They are important because those small choices compound. They can mean choices we feel grateful about or they can become choices we regret.

It’s so easy to be wasteful, with our time and with our money.

Daily choices, a few dollars here and a half hour there and I can fritter away my day, my week and my money. Fortunately I have thrifty genes although I need to be more careful with my time. I am shocked how much time I spend on social media.

In 2020 internet usage worldwide has grown to 145 minutes per day (over 2 hours!) on social media. I know that surprises me to think how that time usage added up. Link to reference

145 minutes a day is 4720 hours in five years. Imagine if that time was spent differently – what could I/we do or learn?

I decided to do some calculations and share them today.

What time and money will I look back on in one year or five and wish I had spent differently? What choices will I wish I had made? and you?

I decided to end this post by sharing some photos from autumn walks. I wish you a wonderful day.

Sincere thanks for visiting today, I look forward to your feedback. _ David

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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28 Responses to Daily Choices and Math

  1. Jane Fritz says:

    What a lovely post, David. Some very important messages that we all need to keep in mind.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Susan says:

    Time spent well is never wasted.


  3. When we are young adults, we think we have ‘all the time in the world’ and put off doing things for later. When we’re older and truly realize our time is finite, our perception changes and most of us try to rush in to complete our bucket list while making extra time for the ones we’ve given little time to over the years that we were on the ‘fast track’. I hope anyone who sees that table you made, regardless of age, really looks at it and ponders where his/her life fits into it. I’m guilty of spending an average of 3 hours daily on the Internet, but I only watch TV, at the most, 10 hours per week. That should even me out! LOL

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thank you for your comment, very true and I agree. The table I made I hoped it would illustrate that small steps, and small sacrifices lead to big gains or big savings. Plus I liked thinking about all tens of thousands of hugs and kisses to my wife that have added up over our 40 plus years together. ♥


  4. LA says:

    💗love the way you did this

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  5. Beautiful photos, Dave. As I get older, I’m more careful about not wasting time. I think many people are. Regarding the 2020 increase in social media time, the pandemic probably had lots to do with it. It’d be interesting to see if the time goes down in 2021 and 2022. I think people are eager to get out and about.

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  6. lghiggins says:

    Thriftiness with time and money is important. Thriftiness in the sense of making wise, intentional choices, not stinginess. Your chart certainly makes it clear and would be a good experiment for all of us to actually record how long we spend on various activities. We might be encouraged to make some changes. Your fall pictures are stunning.

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      Hi Linda, thrifty would be an accurate description of myself, and not stingy either which is often assumed. I like to know where my time goes, and it is surprising how small savings or expenses add up. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts. – David

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  7. debscarey says:

    What a gentle but hugely thought-provoking post, thank you.
    Also, gorgeous autumnal photos.

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  8. robynbird says:

    Such a lovely post, David. One I quite needed to read this morning. I am grateful ❤

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  9. Hi David,
    I love this!
    I am frugal with my money, but sometimes forget about a more important commodity: time!
    Thank you for the reminder of making better choices with my money and my time.
    It all adds up!
    Your pictures are amazing! You live in such a beautiful area!
    Blessings! ♥♥

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      I love the warm vibe in your note, thank you. I do live in a lovely spot, one of only two cities in the world with two different lakes at either end. I can ride from the north end to the south end of Penticton in 15 minutes on my bike, 7 km.
      I do think that choices of time and money are important. Perhaps the importance of choices with time becomes even higher as we age. I am glad you find my blog interesting and have become a blogging friend. Much appreciated. – David ♥

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  11. I am happy to be here, today. Reading your words, and feeling gratitude. I am almost in my mid-thirties, do not feel like but i do have a grip over my time expenditure and yes money. Thank you for sharing and saying it out loud. I loved the images.

    Narayan x


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Dear Narayan, thank you sir for visiting. I am 63 years of age and I think you wise to think about time usage and money at your age. At your age I think some people don’t realize how fast time can slip away. I have always been a careful spender but I know I could have done even better at a young age. I think I might have even foregone a car to buy certain investments if I knew then what I knew now. But we never know for sure that we will have a long life so there is a balance to be sought for; both living for today and planning for tomorrow. I try primarily to share only my own photos and I am glad you enjoyed them. I hope we talk again soon. – David


  12. appamprawns says:

    This post is very well written – the timelines and examples – thank you for sharing this 🙂

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  13. appamprawns says:

    I am sharing a short piece on choices by our writer in the blog . Do read and let us know how you like it 🙂

    The edge


    • dfolstad58 says:

      I think your word choices and vocabulary are awesome. What is the message you want your reader to hear? Is your goal to entertain, educate, or inspire? When I read it there was a big black space, is that a photo? is it how she feels? I am poor at poems and I think I am a linear thinker; perhaps I don’t understand.


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