1% Hugely Affects 99%

I’m a runner. I absolutely love it. If you follow me on Facebook or on Twitter, you’ve surely seen status updates related to the topic.

Over the past year or so, I’ve been using an app called RunKeeper. This App tracks each of my runs via GPS and records other cool information such as: average pace, pace per mile, total calories burned, total miles run, etc.

After a recent 4.00 mile run (in 31 minutes 32 seconds for an average pace of 7:53/mile and burning 505 calories – thanks RunKeeper!), I noticed that this app also tracks another great statistic: “Total Time Spent Exercising – This Month”

In April, it says that I spent 3 hrs 18 mins 59 secs exercising. To say it another way – of the 720 hours in April, I spent 0.461% of that time exercising.

Less than 1%.

And I am extremely fit as a result.

Here’s the lesson: What I do with 1% of my time GREATLY AFFECTS the other 99% of my time!

The same is true for your finances. If you spend less than 1% of your time each month preparing a budget and planning your giving, saving, investing, and insurance, it will GREATLY AFFECT how you will be able to live the other 99% of your life.

How about the following proposal for an approach at life?

  1. Spend 1% of your time exercising
  2. Spend 1% of your time planning your financial decisions
  3. Spend the rest of your time on awesome things like living a physically, relationally, spiritually, and financially healthy life!

Get fired up!


1 Comment

  1. RobS on May 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    As part of a financial planning team, we often see clients 2-4 times per year for typically an hour each meeting. Unless some major life event occurs, many clients are spending well below 1% to even make an impact on long-term financial (retirement, educational, etc) planning and implementation. It can be done!

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