Everything that needs to be done with time will be done in elegant and divine order. All things are possible.
Time is relative, it is true that there are 86,400 seconds in a day and that everyone gets the same amount of time to play with. Have you ever noticed how some people seem to get a phenomenal amount done whilst others seem to do very little – in the same amount of time? Also, if you think for yourselves are there not times when time just rushes by and you really do not know where it went and the same amount of time goes by and seemingly takes forever. Sitting in the dentist hillsboro’s chair for an hour seems to take longer than an hour spent at lunch. To this extent I say time is relative. Underlying this notion is that it is possible to use time for us, rather than against us. To spend our time doing things that we love to do. Is this always possible all the time? I dare say that it is possible more of the time than we dare to imagine.
Some people may not like washing up and will therefore, if they can afford to, buy a dishwasher. Others may get someone in to clean their home and iron their clothes and so free up their time to do other things. I wonder how many of the things we do in our lives we really need to do or are there some things that we could ask others to do for us. There does not even need to be an exchange of money in this regard. There could be an exchange in kind. I know for instance that my sister and brother are a wiz on the computer in their different ways and that for me to get to their level of skill in a short amount of time is not practical and so if I have any issues around my computer then instead of using up, or in fact actually wasting an inordinate amount of time I will ask them for help.
There is usually a reciprocal process, nothing that is openly stated necessarily and yet it is important to recognise giving as well as taking is what makes the world go around most effectively as opposed to just taking all the time. You will notice that people do not often keep takers around for too long. I am good at liaising with people, creative thinking/problem solving – coming up with key questions that will enable a ‘problem’ to work towards resolution.
Whatever it is. Whatever it is for you. Spend time doing things that you love to do and examine how you can make exchanges with others.
Let’s make our time count. Let’s make our time meaningful, as defined by us. Let’s use our time in a way that serves us and our planet.
Imagine if our 86,400 seconds in a day were actually money – £86,400 in a bank account and if we new that at the end of the day if we did not use that money up we would lose it – what would you do? I know that I would find ways to use it up. Well that is what happens with our time – if we don’t use it, we lose it. And what a tremendous waste that actually is.
We do not get that part of our life back once it has gone. I wonder how we would feel if that was our hard cash that we sweated for. Would not we get busy using it up? I know I would. And do, more and more each day.
Get busy ensuring that using your time made some difference. This, I think is a good focus for time use, getting productive, using it to make a difference, making every second count. In saying this, I am also saying that resting is a productive way to use our time as it enables us to recharge and refocus.
I am now committed to using my time in a way where there is no balance to be flushed. This for me takes many forms. Continued planning of my life. I set clear goals, with clear time frames, I stay focused on my goals all the time by reading them most days, taking some action towards their achievement each and every day, I talk about my goals to my friends.
A life that is not planned has the potential of not being fulfilled. Planning my life for me means having clear results that I want to achieve. For example, at least writing one book a year for the next five years, ensure optimum health through exercises, drinking lots of water to help cleanse my body, and being mindful of what I eat this helps to ensure that my digestive system is not always working over time to digest food. This then means that I have more energy to live my dreams. Feeding my brain by reading avidly is really important to me. I ensure that I make time to see family and friends. A planned life is a life fulfilled with what I want to focus on as opposed to what I drift into.
Drawing out every penny – what does that mean? I am not talking about living life at breakneck speed. I’m not even necessarily talking about living every second ‘doing’. Within drawing out every penny I am including spending time on me, whatever that is and for me it would include meditation.
Sit quietly, breath deeply, from the diaphragm for a minute or two and count slowly backwards from a hundred. Notice the numbers drift away, do not run after them, let them just drift. The aim is not to get to number one; rather the aim is to go deep inside, into a stillness and peacefulness state. Sit in that place of quietness, of stillness for approximately twenty minutes. Practicing this twice a day will help to ensure a very deep calm, with many treasures springing forth.
I am still using my time effectively and wisely. If I have a question to have answered as mentioned elsewhere I am more and more likely to take the question into meditation and into my ‘dream state’. In this way I do not have to work on the question consciously whilst the question is still being worked on. Time in this instance is being used very efficiently whilst to the unseeing eye it might seem like a complete waste of time.
I have spent many hundreds of thousands of seconds not investing my time to good purpose. Watching television indiscriminately, I mean just sitting down zombie like for hours and hours. Another waste of time that I have indulged in is sleeping way, way beyond being tired. These are just two examples that have taken up an awful amount of time. I have felt at times in my life that my time bank account has very definitely been in the red. And I guess many of us have been through this process, are going through this process and now recognize that it is a waste of time. There will be those who are content with throwing their money/TIME away and that is a matter of choice although it strikes me as engaging in a certain level of insanity.
Use the power of reciprocation; the attitude of asking for help and the effective principle of ‘eating the elephant’ one bite at a time and time will take on a very different meaning. A meaning that actually serves you well. We could take childcare for example. I know a number of people that share childcare arrangements; one person may have the children one weekend in four and this is reciprocated by the other friend. This means that at least one weekend in four the parent(s) get a break. What and how you reciprocate really is dependent on your own personal circumstances.
These principles will help with staying out of overwhelm. Feeling overwhelmed is one of the greatest enemies of time planning and can sometimes make us sit back and do nothing because it all seems a bit too much. I have been to this place in the past, where I have felt that I have had so much to do, so much to focus on, feeling that I have to do it all myself and I end up doing nothing and simply withdrawing and refusing to participate in my own life. I know different now, I do differently now. Now my focus is on how I can work in partnership with people. Sometimes I will pay people and other times I will reciprocate for mutual benefit.
Forward planning can help tremendously with time planning. Figuring out what are the important things that you need to do over the next week, month, quarter, half year, year, three years, five years. Break it down. Have your vision. Off course allow for things not planned for and yet this planning helps to take away a good deal of that.
I believe that part of the key to effective time planning is to view time in a different way. To view time in a way that we have more than enough time to do what we want to do, even if what we want to do seems absolutely humongous. You may consider that this is not the truth and my suggestion to you is to behave as though it were true. This is a new way of viewing time, I know, and therefore it takes some practice in behaving as though it were true.
The key to what I am talking about here is to adopt this way of thinking as the mindset. Our approach will likely be: I want to do this, I absolutely love what I do, I am able to do it and enjoy every part of the process. I can do everything I need/want to do in the timeframe and make any adjustments I deem appropriate and possible. My suggestion is that if we behave as though this presupposition were the truth, I virtually guarantee you that the feelings and thoughts we have running through our bodies will be very different, and our engagement with the time-planning process will be very different and the time taken will seem very different. Experiment with it. See what happens! In our mindset what we want to do is make time appear expansive and the elements we have to fit within it narrower and narrower and ever more narrower.
Ask yourself some questions about time planning:
o What will it take for me to view time as ever more expansive and elements to fit within it ever more contractive?
o How can I use my time even more effectively, including the use of my time in my ‘dream states’?
o How can I think about what I need to do in a way that will empower me to take the next step?
o What can I say to myself that will help me even more to achieve what I set out to?
o What vision can I hold of myself once I have achieved what I have set out to because my time planning has gone to plan?
o How can I make this happen within the time frame and make it even more fun?
o What is it that I love to do?
o What do I love to do that I can offer as a swap to others (friends/family)?
o What do I find excruciatingly painful and whom can I do a swap with that likes to do it?
o What tasks can I break down into even more manageable bites?
o What can I do now to take this task forward?
o How well in advanced have I planned?
o How well in advance can I plan?
o How well have I planned for ‘me’ time in my time planning?
Having these questions as your starting point helps to shift the focus from why things cannot be done onto how they can and what would make it possible. It sets in train a completely different set of thought processes.
It would be great to go through this process on your own or with a small group of trusted friends and share your ideas. Do it without judgment and with a positively focused frame of mind and I am sure that you will find a way.
Break things down into manageable pieces. If there is a whole project to undertake, chunk down to smaller manageable pieces.
86,400 Seconds – Time Planning
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