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How to Manage Moving with Time

To establish communication with and be on really good terms with Time we should always be close to him, just as with people with whom we want good relationships. Since as it is well known that Time "flies", we should move together with him.

Time is actually not flying. Instead I would say it is just walking, and that there are no problems with moving together. Yes, it requires some effort but it just like taking a walk with the boss.

What is special with Time is that he moves straight ahead and never returns. While you are moving with Time, there are usually no problems continuing this motion. The problems, stress and crises arise when we let Time pass us by and then are trying to catch up with him. Sometimes it is simply impossible. "There is time for everything" but unfortunately not forever.

If managing to move with Time is so easy, why is it so rare for people to do it successfully? Why do many stop learning and fall behind in their career qualifications? Why do they stop doing physical exercises and lose health? Why do they stop mixing with people and do not understanding modern life and even their own children?

As I believe, there are two main reasons.

First, as stated earlier, people have no reliable sense of Time and somebody or something should remind them that they should move with Time before it is too late. It would be easier to remember if our movement in concert with time were always one-directional. Actually, we usually remember about some of the directions. The problem is that we should move with Time in all of the important directions. It is a multi-dimensional (vector) motion.

What is more important: health, work, family, children or friends? The answer is that all of this is important. If we stop moving with Time in any of these dimensions, we will get into a crisis. Success in one direction cannot compensate for failure in others. We still will feel that our life is unhappy and unbalanced.

Second, the tools that help us to move with Time effectively were not available and even the clear understanding that they are needed was absent. Honestly, I do not know of any other tool capable of helping you to keep pace with the multi-task demands your life and the constraints of time place upon you except for Activities and Priorities , which I initially made for my personal use.

The point is that it is not traditional time management tool. It does not manage tasks, schedules and appointments. It manages main activities in our lives that we should do repeatedly to move with Time, to avoid crises, and to preserve harmony and happiness. Actually it's the life balancer. Here we use the word "balance" in the sense of Stephen Covey, "as running from one area to another fast enough to spend time in each other on regular basis".

It should be mentioned that our body sometimes also need the time management. It is true that usually our organism moves with time subconsciously and automatically. There are many parts (organs) that move (work) almost independently and no one can stop. This is, indeed vector (multi-dimensional) motion. For example our heart is beating, we breathe periodically. We do these at the same time and cannot "stop moving" in both of theses directions.

Fortunately or unfortunately the border between conscious and subconscious is flexible. For example, everyone can hold the breath for a minute or so. It is of course dangerous and our body sends clear signals to our conscious that we should continue to breath.

However, not all signals from the organs that need the motion, are strong enough to reach our conscious when we are in hurry or simply deeply involved into our job. As the result we may become ill. Probably the most known of such illnesses are "computer over-usage" syndromes such as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) / Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) and Computer vision syndrome (CVS).

The reason of these illness is that before the computers appeared people never sat for long time virtually motionless staring virtually at the same point with such an interest that could even forget to blink and move. Therefore we have no good automatic system inside us that warns us strong enough that we should change our posture or blink at last. In this case we need so called break reminder or rather break alarms with small period less than an hour.

Quotations

"There is time for everything and season for every activity under the heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

«"Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!" "I'd rather not try, please!" said Alice. "I am quite content to stay here."» (Lewis Carroll)

"Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas. But can it really?...True effectiveness requires balance". (Stephen Covey)

"One tends to drift back into time-wasting on trivia. Time use does improve with practice, but only constant efforts at managing time can prevent drifting." (Peter Drucker)


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