A History Of Time And How To Create More Of It


 

Abstract:
 

Most people will see the title and expect another list on how to get more done in a shorter time. If that’s what you’re looking for, I’ve got to disappoint you.
 

I’ve made a discovery about time that’s so huge, it could change your whole life. Your mission is to find out how to literally expand time for what lights you up.
 
 

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Task 1: Time is a new concept

 

The concept of time is relatively new. The first public clock on a church appeared in the 14th century, but it only struck the hour. Regular people lived by the sun and the day length.
 

Only in the 17th century did clocks become more accurate. It took a lot longer until they became anywhere near as omnipresent as they are today.
 

With the industrial revolution, timekeeping became important. Workers had to be punctual or wouldn’t get paid. These days, we live by the clock, but all in all we’re really bad at it.
 

Is it any wonder, considering how new an invention it is?
 
 

Task 2: Focus

 

Nowadays, we do more than any people in history ever did. Historically, people did one job, one role, had one responsibility. Now we’re trying to do it all. In addition, technology gives us access to the whole world, which is great but had added additional tasks that demand our attention.
 

Of course we’re exhausted and never have time!
 

Your task is to simplify. You don’t have to do it all. Pick one thing you want to do for each part of yourself: body, mind, soul, spirit. Focus on this one thing.
 

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Task 3: Passions expand time

 

Even though we measure time accurately these days, it’s still relative (just read the chapter on “Einstein Time” in Gay Hendricks’s The Big Leap). You can use this concept by consciously prioritising things you love.
 

Focus on your passion or passions. Don’t worry about anything else, just focus on them. Keep the four things from Task 2 in mind, but otherwise it’s passions first.
 

It sounds strange, but this literally expands time. You’ll find yourself relaxing and feeling less stressed. You’ll be able to concentrate better. And you’ll find that you do, in fact, have time for what matters.

What To Do If Time Gets Away From You


 

Abstract:
 

My clients often tell me that they should have more time left outside of work, sleeping, housework etc, to pursue their passion. But in reality, it never seems to work out that way.
 

This is very common! Your mission today is to understand how time gets away from you, and to learn how to actually use this to further the pursuit of your passion or passions.
 
 

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Task 1: Understand that you’re not lazy

 

Practically all of my clients think they’re lazy. I used to think this of myself as well. It’s a fairly universal misconception, because it’s quite simply untrue!
 

We come to this conclusion because of two things:
 

  1. We might be “wasting” time watching Netflix or just vegging out on the couch, or scrolling through social media endlessly.
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  3. Especially creatives tend to spend time “daydreaming”, scribbling or doodling, dropping one project to start (yet) another, and having long periods of time that are seemingly unproductive.

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Task 2: Use your patterns

 

This is about looking at what you do in those periods that make you call yourself “lazy”, and use this to your advantage. Here are examples according to my points in the first task.
 

  1. If you’re spending too much time on social media or binge-watching TV series, it’s a sign of mental overload. In our day and age, we may no longer do back-breaking physical work, but we’re mentally overstimulated and fatigued.
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    If this is what you do, find another way to get downtime. Don’t judge or compare yourself, just give yourself the gift of self care. Do nothing at all, or do a yoga class, meditation, a walk in nature – whatever you need to get back into balance.
     

  3. If you spend time idling and wool-gathering as a creative, recognise this as part of the creative process. It’s not linear, it needs “gestational periods” of seemingly low productivity. Allow yourself these time periods, schedule them in, and use them to further your creative inspiration.