I don’t think people value their time highly enough.
I think our scope for considering opportunity cost tends to be far too narrow.
The low level stress we feel when our actions are at odds with our objectives can be insufficient to motivate us.
Consequently, I make a point of deliberately overvaluing my time. It forces me to really question what I choose to do. Is this the most productive way of using it? Does this take me in the direction I want to go? Given the choice, what would the best possible version of me be doing right now?
Asking these questions means I have to be open and honest about my thoughts, feelings and intentions. I have to choose what is important. I have to focus on the things that I can control. I have to be loyal to getting what I need.
I also have to realise that these are ever changing goals, questions that keep needing to be asked every time I make a decision about what to do with my time.
Whether it’s where I live for the next 6 months or what I do in the 15 minutes waiting for a train, how am I willing to spend my resources?