When I heard the Dutch stand-up comedian say this, it struck a chord. We buy fresh bread but eat old bread. Why? Because we should. We mustn't waste the old bread. Like we mustn't do things that are fun until we have done what we should. Right?
Work hard and then rest. Duties first, vacation later.
And what if we do this all the time?
We end up only doing the things we think we should, never getting to do what we really want. We buy and dream of fresh bread, but we only eat old bread.
It is time for a new approach. Let's learn from the finance world and Pay ourselves first.
"Pay yourself first" is a phrase popular in personal finance and retirement-planning literature that means automatically routing your specified savings contribution from each paycheck at the time it is received."
From now on; Pay yourself first with your time.
For each new week, reserve time for just you. For something you enjoy. Something that gives you energy, something you really want to do. Make sure you eat at least one slice of fresh bread.
Over time, this will give you more energy. With more energy you can use the time you have more efficiently. And then you can have even more time for you.
Enjoy the fresh bread.