It seems that nowadays that we have a scarcity of time although 24 hours has always been 24 hours! I know when I worked for an organisation that had targets and outcomes to achieve that time felt as if it was rushing away and certainly at times there were not enough hours in the day.
Now being totally self-employed, time has taken on a different meaning. I still have 7 days a week 24 hours in the day but my perception has changed. I feel as if I have enough time to do whatever I need to do. I recognise that I am setting my own targets which allow them to be realistic in the time frame I choose. However, once again, it is our mind and thoughts that create scarcity of time. If I believe that I have “enough time” then I will, if I think that I won’t have enough time then it’s likely I won’t!
There is a theory that as we get older if feels as if time is rushing by and speeding up but that may be because we have so many past reference points to compare on our continuum of time. Children live in the present, they don’t look back and see what has been or they don’t look into the future – wanting time to hurry up. As Andy Cope says in “The Art of Being Brilliant” don’t be a “destination addict” always wishing that it was the end of the week or that holidays would hurry up. The more we slow down the more we are in tune with the reality of time.
Research has been done by Professor Phillip Zimbardo on time perspective and concluded that our attitude to time is defined by key personality traits such as optimism and sociability, visit PsychCentral to take the test on your perspective of time.
We can use time management strategies and techniques that may help with organisation and avoidance of procrastination whether that is writing lists, setting only 3 tasks a day or applying the urgent/important time matrix. It is vital that you find the strategies that work for you. If you are not sure where to start contact me but if we really want for time to be your friend stay in the present moment, appreciate each thing you are doing at that particular time and don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the ever increasing cycle of pressure and scarcity of time.
What are your suggestions of managing time?