Time as a finite resource could had multiple dimensions; it can actually be slowed, hurried up, focused on or simply wasted away deliberately. As all of us wanted to “Upsize” our life with more time, we ought to figure out what we actually wanted in the first place and prepare ourselves with a clearer understandings on how to deploy time to our maximum advantages.
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted”– Marthe Troly
First of all, time management was introduced in 13th century primary to facilitate religious ritual arrangement in Europe and had subsequently became the ultimate driving force in the industrialization era for general measurement of output per man hour, nevertheless, it’s increasingly becoming an irrelevant measurement tool in this contemporary information era with result driven emphasis where creativity and innovative play a much greater roles.
In fact, it usually take a lots longer to accomplish something of significant values; your typical new year resolutions, a marketing campaign, a cost reduction project, bringing up respectable children, novel writing, creating a painting, art pieces or poems and so on sometimes take one’s life time commitment and we were often disappointed on failures of getting a particular task done as we had allocated way too little time in underestimating the scope and being too optimistic.
On the other hand, have you ever wonder are we being short changed from maximizing our life’s potential with the increasing proliferation of social media platform not unlike being conditioned with consumerism with insatiable desires of wanting more; having more is sometimes less as we do need to exchange them with our precious and diminishing resources; “Time”. As a matter of fact, we are not addicted to our smartphone as much as we are obsessed with its contents; the stickiness and unprecedented appeal of social media networking platform feeds on our primitive craving of attention seeking, feeling of being important, instantaneous gratification and so on and we become pretty helpless as corporation and Institution deploy behavioral science on us for manipulation ultimately to their benefits.
No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important. –Mary Kay Ash
Nevertheless, handheld internet enabled Gadget is becoming our secondary functional organ and the needs to “share” and “record” is greater than simply absorbing and experiencing the moments; letting our other senses soak up the precious moment, e.g.. Appreciating beautiful scenery spot, paying attention to details, enjoying mouth-watering and appealing meals and socializing with others conventionally. 15 mins of idle time admiring something wholeheartedly is a smarter way to spend your time as it’s advance engagement as compare to 15 mins of passive social media interaction, one can actually get more bang out of the same buck.
Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.– Bil Keane
Also, recalling those best life changing moments you ever had? Details were long gone but the sensation you had always strike an inner chord; the magnificent mountain View; nice people you ever associated with; the freshness in the air; the elation of feeling of simply great to be alive…. Or the thriller you been reading, the twist and turn of the story keeping you awake at night; they all had one thing in common; “100% undivided attention, engagement of full sensory perception where one is in the state of “flow” with time where time actually slow down for you. These are the deep moments of time well spent as they add true values to our life;
‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.‘– Maya Angelou
However, although we had unprecedented amount of free time on hand as compared to 50 years ago but why most of us actually felt otherwise? Striving a balance here is the key with awareness and self-initiated tempo and focus levels, shallower time deployment such as watching movies or a game of sport isn’t as rewarding as actually taking parts of them as primary players. Time had different dimension of pace and depth, activities with full senses such as writing, sketching, painting, reading, exercising miraculously place us into ultimate “Liquid” and “Flow” state of mind with maximum level of satisfaction.
Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. –William Penn
For example, most European strive to bargain for more “free time” from employment as they appreciate the true values of “time” as a precious resources with the right value system whereas majority of Asian keep dragging their feet in work thinking of vacation and still fully engage in works while having vacation through the almighty 3C products. One either feel insecure or overlook to appreciate the concept of valuable free time for wholehearted involvement.
My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. –Steve Jobs
One also needs to slow down for some personal reflective time and avoid blindly following the crowds from time to time; After all, everyone is given 24 hours and we already started toward mortality at the moment we were born, the meaningfulness of one isn’t the length one manage to hang around but the significant and legacy one leaves behind, how we use our times play a key part in our formative, productive and slowing down years.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life. –Aristotle
In addition, many Asian tends to engross themselves with multiple tasks primary due to time mismanagement and we ended up not paying undivided attentions to tasks on hand and had often unintended consequences down the road short changing our optimal capabilities.
Fig 1. Maximizing your time with the right dynamic
In summary, time management of which was key in industrialization era probably play an equal if not greater driving factors as combustible engine where our values are often associated with output per man hour instead of creativity and productivity in the current knowledge economy; the deployment of fossil fuels, engine and automation had transformed our lifestyle and a brand new perspective on time management is needed, like an orchestra with different degree of dynamic and balance for a fine piece, slow and relaxing followed by high intensity closed paced rhythm and a nice finishing gentle touch for closing, not unlike a fruitful and rewarding life well lived with the right tempo and intensity across different time of the days, varying stages of our life across our pursuit of excellent in family, health, community, work and so on.
Everything is Energy and That’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want– Albert Einstein
In other words, keeping a long term hobby can add extra time in your life; live every moments of our life seriously with the right mindset; connecting the dot from the past and future, draw a line between work and private time, be confidence in your self-worth; apply different tempo on the tasks on hand, exercise regularly, insisting to have sufficient rest and give your day 100% effort and you can add extra time and values in your life for yourself and others.