Time. I don’t know anyone who does not struggle to find enough time. Time to work. Time to play. Time to sleep. Time to read. Time to eat. Time to dream. Time to finish something, anything, everything. Time to blog. I do not personally know anyone vaguely like any of those super-people out there, who have ever confidently listed their time-management tactics on their blogs for the benefit of us lesser mortals. All the people I know, wish they had more time…
Last month, I attended a training session. It was not specifically related to the concept of time. It was somewhat related to management though. As we neared the afternoon coffee break, one of the participants expressed her frustration at the overwhelming number of tasks she was expected to perform along with the actual job she was contracted to do. The rest of us nodded empathetically as one. Eyes met in full sympathy across the room. Heartfelt murmurs of commiseration and support were imparted. She was speaking of the experience of everyone present. In this atmosphere of deep mutual understanding. the trainer spoke the following words. Yes, she said them with a bit too much awareness of their significance. She intentionally paused and repeated to give them more weight. But she explained that when she first heard them, it was as though someone had switched a light on. And by them I was at once moved and inspired:
You have all the time there is… You have all the time there is…
And indeed that is the only equality that is perhaps given to all. Old and young, rich and poor, male and female of whatever colour or creed… we are each given the same 24 hours in a day. Although the number of days we have ahead may differ, I don’t have enough time is not really a valid complaint. I don’t have more or less time than you, I may just be trying to do more or less than you are trying to do with the time that we have. And Adriana of PhotoAddia seems to have been thinking along the same lines too recently. Her angle on the topic challenges me: “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.”
My question to myself now therefore is, I have all the time there is, am I making good investments with it? Are the ways in which I spend my time meaningful, rewarding, constructive, worthwhile, beneficial? Because these are the attitudes that I would like to have towards my life and how I use it.
25 June 2012 at 11:07
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25 June 2012 at 12:23
Yes we all have the same amount of time but I can’t help wishing that there was more time in weekends!
25 June 2012 at 13:03
When I was young, I slept huge. Woke up around 12-13 and always thought the days go by too fast. And I thought: I’ve been working all week, I will sleep and rest on weekends.
But with age 🙂 I concluded that I rest by packing a backpack, take the camera and shoot. The days feel long.
(Oops, forgot to say that my children are grown and now I have time for me. Everything fixes itself, the time (the short supply does them all)
26 June 2012 at 12:56
I guess it’s the time we spend on things we enjoy that feel the most rewarding! It’s something to look forward to 🙂
26 June 2012 at 13:07
26 June 2012 at 12:55
Ditto! That one’s easy to fix. Longer weekends please! 🙂