An endless, frustrating, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit that conjures images of lab rats racing through a maze to get the cheese, much like society racing to get ahead financially. Commonly associated with an exhausting, repetitive and overscheduled work that leaves little time or energy for relaxation or enjoyment. Burdened with financial obligations and responsibility to pay mortgages/rent, cars, credit cards, children and a never-ending cycle of consumption, digging deeper into financial holes, stress, worry, fear and lack of choices. Doomed to put up with dead-end jobs, careers, and relationships, living paycheck to paycheck with no end in sight. This lifestyle happens independently of income level, with many high-income earners unable to quit the treadmill. The key to winning this race is: don’t be a rat.
The state or condition of having limited actual or perceived discretionary time. This may include being money-rich, time-poor, or money-poor, time-poor. The time-is-money attitude values money over other less “productive” or aesthetic aspects of life. A society that values work, efficiency, business, money, and materialism can develop high levels of material wealth at the expense of happiness, creativity, philosophy, spirituality and relationships. Overscheduled and overworked is a classic symptom of low-quality time as well as a person’s inability to take vacations, enjoy leisure time, waste time, or relax. You could say they are wound up like a clock!