For me, I will use these few metrics below to measure the level of my financial freedom:
Age: Up. We can’t hide from time. We age each and everyday in life and there’s nothing that you can do to stop it. Regardless of whether it rains or shines, your age will only have one direction to go and that is up north.
Active Income: Down. Don’t get me wrong. As I move closer to financial freedom, I would like to see my active income coming down gradually. This is due to the fact that I will want to one day take on social work in replace of the corporate world I am in now. After all, we all aim for financial independence so that we can do what we like right!?
Passive Income: Up. Passive income has to go up in order to replace the loss in active income I will be getting. I will be depending mostly on income that works for me, not the other way round.
No. of hours spend at work: Down. As with active income, the goal of financial independence is to have a choice. My choice is to spend lesser time at work and more time at home with my family. I hope to see this gradually come down now.
Health: Up. As I spend lesser time at work and therefore more time for exercise, I will be expecting my health status to get better, even as I age each and everyday.
Hobby: Up. I hope to be able to spend more time on my hobby. I hope to travel around the world. I hope to see Novak Djokovic live in person. And I hope to see Liverpool plays at Anfield. I have plenty of dreams and hobbies and I hope to achieve them when I reach financial freedom.
When all things are going as it is, I will know I have reached my target of Financial Independence. What is your metrics of measuring your Financial Independence?