Time is a precious resource, and if we learn to value it properly, we’ll make trade-offs that significantly improve our well-being. In “Can You Identify the Hidden Time Traps?” HBR’s Gretchen Gavett and Karen Player lay out five research-backed time vs. money scenarios readers can quiz themselves on. In “Why Money Manages Us,” professor Kathleen D. Vohs explains why money has such a strong hold on us and what her research reveals about how thinking about money changes how we treat each other. In “Don’t Feel Guilty About Wanting Your Time Back,” professor Whillans talks with IdeaCast host Curt Nickisch about why it’s hard for people to use money to buy back time–and how to make it easier. To help us change the way we value time, Professor Whillans, along with Harvard Business School researcher Hanne Collins, have begun putting dollar amounts on time so people can better measure what it’s worth. They explain their calculations in “Accounting for Time.” Finally, in “Treat Your Weekend Like a Vacation,” professor Cassie Mogilner Holmes outlines how a simple mindset shift can make our most frequent time off–our weekends–happier and more enjoyable.
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