Wisdom Wednesday – Pay now, Play Later


“Pay now play later versus play now pay later.” I’m not sure from whom I learned this phrase when I was a teenager. But the impact of this statement has stuck with me throughout most of my private and professional life. I shared it with my son, nieces and nephews to teach them the importance of its meaning.

For example: if one takes care of getting a task done prior to engaging in entertaining activities, it frees the mind and body to really enjoy oneself. But if you play first, the task that hasn’t been accomplish could weigh on ones mind. Thus taking away from the full enjoyment of playing.

In the case of the kids, I advice them to get their homework done first. Then they can have all the playtime they wanted. This is the same for us as adults. We may put off paying for something until later. Over time, the cost for that thing may increase beyond our means later than if we had just paid it in the first place. By all means, if you have the time or the funds pay now. Odds are you would enjoy better playtime later.

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  1. This is usually a good rule, but sometimes you need to get away from a task and recharge. Be careful not to be so determined to “pay first” that you end up never getting to play.

    • Kate,

      I agree with you that all work and no play is not wise. One do need to replenish one’s energy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


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