“Time is prosocial, not selfish.”
— Ashley Whillans
What is the relationship between money and time, and how can we improve it?
Ashley Whillans is my first returning guest! Ashley is a self-described “time nerd” and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School in Negotiations, Organizations and Markets. She has a forthcoming book, Time Smart — How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life, that will feature prominently in our discussion.
Ashley received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia and was named a Rising Star of Behavioral Science. Her research, which focuses on understanding how the daily and long-term decisions that people make about time and money (in their personal lives, relationships and workplaces) impact well-being, has been published in leading academic journals as well as The New York Times, The Economist and The Los Angeles Times, among others.
Links (From the Show)
- NEW podcast video! Check out the first Art of Allowance short video bit — “Can kids multitask better than adults?” More to follow.
- Ashley’s article about apps that limit screen time
- Ashley’s new book, Time Smart — How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life (now available for pre-order)
- Daniel Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
- The New York Times article about running a family meeting
- Ashley’s book recommendations: works by Laura Vanderkam
- Ashley on the web
- Ashley on Twitter
Show Notes (Find what’s most interesting to you!)
- The inspiration behind Ashley’s new book [1:18]
- Why do we often choose money over time? [3:39]
- What is “time confetti,” and how we can help our kids and ourselves avoid it? [8:13]
- The autonomy paradox [10:28]
- Ashley shares a strategy for more focused family time. [10:54]
- Can people — including kids — multitask? [13:09]
- Some strategies for enhancing the work/life separation affecting families during the pandemic [15:13]
- Why isn’t it indulgent — and why shouldn’t we feel guilty — to focus on time affluence? [18:46]
- People who focus on time affluence are more prosocial, charitable and connected. [20:52]
- Helping our kids begin to think about their careers from a time-rich perspective [25:02]
- “The Good Samaritan” study and what it tells us about what happens when we’re time-poor [29:25]
- The usefulness of time-tracking [32:21]
- The importance of mindfulness in helping us become more time-affluent [33:26]
- Why you might consider more short vacations instead of fewer long ones [36:06]
- Why our intuition about how to get more time affluence is completely wrong [37:27]
- Small changes make all the difference if we want to improve our time affluence. [40:38]
- Ashley reveals the equation we need to achieve perfect time affluence. [43:27]
- Ashley and I discuss embracing the process of raising both money-smart and time-affluent kids. [44:03]
- Setting up a better summer reading program with your family (Note: Keep listening, as we continue to touch on this topic through the remainder of the episode.) [46:00]
- The dynamics between rewards and money [49:00]
- John is a bit overeager about trying to goose prosocial spending in his kids. [50:59]
- Ashley provides some clarity about how John should set up his system better. [52:09]
- How self-reflection affects prosocial behavior [53:26]
- Details of Ashley’s book release [54:54]
- Ashley’s book recommendations for time smarts [55:33]
- Finding Ashley on social media and the web [56:27]
If you liked this episode …
Want to know how money impacts happiness (and how you can talk to your kids about it)? Ashley and I tackle this important question during her first appearance on The Art of Allowance Podcast.
Wondering how to begin the money conversation with your family? Tabatha Thurman, a mom and an award-winning financial literacy educator, offers practical advice on her podcast episode. She, like Ashley, believes that all money-smart learning is personal.
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Thanks for listening.