Time management…time.. management……
t i m e m a n a g e m e n t ……
I was fascinated with fantasy, science, fiction. Einsteins dreams, The Dark Forest, Sum, Elegant Universe. Anything where time bent. Anything where it’s abstracted. Where the fundamental rules changed.
Like in the book “Einstein’s Dreams,” where time moves faster the closer to sea level you are, but slower when you’re high up in the mountains. (All the rich people lived up in the clouds).
Or in the “The Dark Forest,” where you can hibernate to the future, and now the planet is made up of people from all different centuries.
Or in “Elegant Universe,” a theoretical physics novel by Brian Greene, where time moves slower, the faster speed you move.
I was fascinated because time is so hard to articulate when it comes to how we experience it.
To quote Brian Greene,
“Relativity challenges your basic intuitions that you’ve built up from everyday experience. It says your experience of time is not what you think it is, that time is malleable. Your experience of space is not what you think it is; it can stretch and shrink. “
We sleep and time zips by.
It slows down when we’re skidding our car straight toward a stop-sign at 35 mph.
We wake up in a new city after a move, and it feels like the week ahead of us stretches far into the unknown.
We take drugs to accelerate and then we take drugs to decelerate.
We’re in line at the bank and dying from it’s slow pace.
We’re on the beach with our friends for our birthday and the day is over before we know it.
Is the goal to live our lives fast, or live our lives slow?
I’m not sure.
I do know that when I travel, it feels like time slows down. Every day things are unknown. Every day I’m unsure what will happen or what I will see. I’m aware, and it makes me recognize the present. Being present means I’m not rushing my time. Maybe this is it’s true speed.
When I’m diving deep into my habits and routines, time speeds up.When we live in patterns, our brain fast forwards a bit; the commute to your job, brushing your teeth, going to the same shop you always go to. Patterns and routines make it hard to stay present, because our brain can go into auto-pilot. So we are in our heads and then we blink and we’re done.
When I’m having fun, time speeds up.
When I’m impatient time slows down.
If our experience of time is malleable, Is it possible to adjust the levers of our time? Maybe the goal isn’t to live a fast life, or a slow life, but one that has meaning in each moment. To have mastery of our time.
So next time I’m not having fun, and things are moving slowly, I could seek for a way to make things fun. Make something into a game, become vulnerable, take a risk, and then watch the time speed up. My adrenaline will help me. See how much energy there is in the time now?
And next time I’m impatient, I can become patient. Impatience is when we long for something to end. It’s a mental shortening of the amount of time we experience.
I could skip a day of routine and do something completely different. Instead of showering and brushing my teeth today, I’ll walk while reading and high five some strangers.
There’s no right answer here, only newly found options.
Press Play, Press Fast-Forward, Press Slow-Mo.…