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Time Is On Our Side; Yes It Is!

By Guest Author On December 9, 2010 Under Personal Development

How can we be sure time is on our side? We can’t and neither can you because it is simply a perspective. No perspective can be proven true or false. In this case, you get to choose from 3 perspectives – time is on your side, time is neutral, and time is against you. Which one you choose does not change the improvable truth. What is this article about then?

Your personal perspective predicts how you use your time. Whatever your choice of perspective, you’ll experience your life and time itself, differently. Remember though, your perspective is yours alone, it isn’t about being right or wrong.

Time doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t give more time to one person and less to another. We all measure time the same way, like weight is measured in ounces & pounds. It’s completely objective. How we view it is subjective. You’d make different choices if you knew that over your lifetime, you were limited to the use of 100 gallons of water. If, instead you believed there to be an infinite supply, you’d behave very differently. It’s exactly the same concept with time.

There’s a perfect lesson about time in this. When we know how much of something we have, we change how that “something” is used. How can you use time effectively to accomplish a goal, if you have no idea how much of it you have? In addition, consider organizing and coordinating your work with other tasks on your to-do list, and your effective use of time becomes all the more important.

It isn’t about time management. It’s about the utilization of the time you have. It’s impossible to manipulate the supply of time, in the same way; you can’t manage the supply of water to the entire world. But, what you can do is manage the time you have. Time passes, the minutes tick by. You can’t change that, but you can be efficient, and effective with what you do while they pass away.

Assume you have one week for a project and this project could easily be done by a first grader in less than five minutes. Would knowing this information have an effect on time utilization? Sure. Imagine that with this scenario, someone asks you if you could run to the grocery store. Your response would likely be yes.

If you are still not clear about this, consider this example instead. Your project is now due by midnight tomorrow and would require the greatest minds working for days to complete. Now, someone asks you to go to the grocery store. Are you still thinking, “Yes?”

When you contrast these two examples, you can see that knowing the two factors: Time it takes to complete the project and the deadline; can you see how your perspective of how to utilize your time shifts?

If you have 10 action steps that must be completed before you complete your project then proper utilization of the time you have will be of the utmost importance. Maximizing the time you spend on each task, and in prioritizing those tasks will result in satisfactory completion of your project. Time, according to the dictionary, is “a dimension that enables two events occurring at the same point in space to be distinguished, measured by the interval between the events.” It’s the great equalizer. If you use your time effectively, you’ll see results, but if you don’t, there simply will never be enough time.

There is an old adage: if you need something done, ask a busy person to do it. This may be counterintuitive because a busy person has less free time but it is nonetheless true. Busy people are busy because they get things done and therefore more work is asked of them. People with an abundance of free time usually have it for a specific reason – they haven’t earned trust to do tasks or they don’t care enough to get them done on time. Which person are you?

Everyone is given the same amount of time. Time is never an excuse … it all boils down to how you use your time.

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