TIME PROBLEMS

“Time” is the most frequently used word in the English language

We never have enough of it.

Time, and the lack of it, dominates our society.

We spend time, lose time, gain time and waste time.

We are often forced to make bad decisions about time.

We don’t have enough time to do what we should do or all of the things we want to do.

WORK

If we love our work, we hardly notice the time passing, but when we are in the wrong job, we feel like scratching the days off the calendar like a prisoner on a cell wall.

We feel like we are wasting our lives.

SCHOOL

If we’re in school and time never seems to pass it’s probably because we’re in the wrong program.

Time goes too quickly when we are happy and too slowly when we’re not. How can that be? Isn’t time fixed?

Aren’t there 24 hours day, 60 seconds a minute, 60 minutes an hour?

How can time seem fast or slow when it is constant?

How can we figure out how to manage our time?

How can we be good time managers if we don’t know what time is?

How can we master it if we cannot define it?

LINEAR TIME: CONVENTIONAL TIME

Most of us try to run our lives on this “clock” time.

We follow the idea that “an hour is an hour.”

This concept of time allows us to organize our lives and synchronize activities.

It doesn’t seem to work but at least we have company.

We all get 1,440 minutes a day.

What do we do with the top 100 minutes, the top 500?

Try figuring it out.

Take a few minutes to determine the best hour you spent today.

You might have to break it up into sections because you had a good 10 minute phone call or a playful 20 minutes with a child.

This concept is the cultural norm, a Western view of time, which says that time is an absolute physical reality and that the passage of time is independent of our consciousness of it.

In this concept, it doesn’t matter what you think, feel, or do or how you perceive time, the passage of time itself doesn’t change.

Linear time combines the actual feeling of time going from one moment to another and the many different feelings we experience —feelings of being overwhelmed, of pressure, stress, frustration, hurry, anxiety and boredom—that we have about time as it passes.

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