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Reimagining The Actual Value of Your Time: Brian Nelson-Palmer (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Brian Nelson-Palmer’s talk titled “Reimagining The Actual Value of Your Time” at TEDxWhiting conference.

Brian Nelson-Palmer’s talk, “Reimagining The Actual Value of Your Time,” offers a compelling insight into assessing and valuing personal time beyond work hours. He introduces a practical method to calculate the monetary worth of one’s personal time, encouraging the audience to use this value as a decision-making tool for better life balance and time management.

Through personal anecdotes and examples, Nelson-Palmer illustrates how reevaluating the importance of time can lead to more fulfilling choices and experiences. He emphasizes the need for adjustments in one’s valuation of time based on personal circumstances and financial realities. Ultimately, his talk inspires a shift in perspective, advocating for a life where time is spent on what truly matters, echoing the sentiment that time, indeed, is the currency of life.

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Understanding the Value of Time

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s not worth your time”? I used to hear it and think, “Well, how do you know?” And what exactly is my time worth? In a few minutes, we’re going to actually calculate your specific number for what your personal time outside of work is worth. I teach employees work-life balance, and one of the things I’ve noticed is that people tend to undervalue their personal time. But by having a number as a frame of reference, they find it easier to make better decisions with their time.

So today, it’s your turn. I’m going to introduce the concept, we’ll calculate your number, and I’ll share good ways to use it.

Now, why do I talk about this? On my fourth birthday, I was diagnosed with type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes. I vividly remember holding my mom’s hand, sitting in Dr. Kinsella’s bland 1980s stuffy office, and learning that while diabetics can live a full and mostly normal life, the life expectancy for diabetics is 10 to 20 years less than everyone else. As a kid, I took time for granted. Now as an adult, time is the most precious thing that I have. I put a high value on my time, and I’m passionate about finding ways to maximize the life and the time that each of us has right now, right away. So let’s dive into our concept.

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