I was in the middle of rendering out some long video files for a client. Since it was taking some time, I thought I’d multitask and lay out some Craigslist items and photograph them so I could list them. One of the main things I was trying to get rid of was my snowboard boots. I bought them when I first moved to LA (because I had snowboarded a ton when I lived in Seattle) thinking I would continue my passion. Well, the mountains and snow aren’t quite as easy to come by in California, and it was quite costly, even when I had a full time job. So I only went a few times before I was laid off in 2008, and haven’t gone since.
I had already sold my board (and the day I did I cried), but other than that I have all of the gear I would ever need if a free snowboard trip ever landed in my lap (you hear that Universe?!?).
I tried unsuccessfully to sell the boots many times on Craigslist, but thought maybe I’d sell the boots with my other gear as a package deal. So I placed all of the individual items (fancy gloves, snowboard pants, helmet, knee pads, and goggles on the floor in a pleasing display and took the picture. Then I wrote down the model numbers, size, etc. and started looking up their value on the internet, and tried to figure out how to price them.
Goggles- maybe $5?
Pants- maybe $10?
Boots- maybe $25 this time, since it’s been many years since that brand came out…“ugh this is a time consuming pain in the ass!”
My thoughts go to the time, energy, and cost it took to acquire this stuff in the first place, and how at the cost I’d be selling it for, it’s practically giving it away. And it’s taking up precious time listing and researching all this stuff. This is probably the reason I favor Craigslist over Ebay in the first place, because I’m just too fricken lazy to mail crap. My point is, is it really worth the time and energy to sell, or could I be better focusing my time elsewhere?
I’m totally for getting rid of crap…in fact I loathe clutter. I have a single detached garage that I never use (except to put my bike) because I hate storage that much. I’m also for making a buck or two. But for the most part, there is very little left in my apartment to get rid of, and for the most part the stuff I’d get rid of is old clothes, and those I would just donate.
The snowboard stuff takes up VERY little room in my closet, and everything else in my apartment is very clean and organized. And I know if you are playing the “what if someday” game then you should probably get rid of it, but hey, what if some day I did go snowboarding again, or maybe a friend needed to borrow something?
It got me thinking overall about how I spend my time and energy. Am I focusing on the small stuff which is time consuming and doesn’t have that big of a payoff? What if I spent that time I put towards listing stuff on Craigslist towards emailing a new contact, updating my online portfolio, or writing? That stuff may not yield me $20 today, but may have a bigger payoff down the road.
Time is just as precious as money, and I think we often say we don’t have enough time, when the truth is we just don’t prioritize it very well. Anyway, it’s something I’m putting a lot more thought into.
What do you think about how you’re spending your time? Could it be managed better or more effectively?