They say there's an abundance of everything. So there probably is an abundance of time. But in our linear world and our way of living, what is a practical way for me to absorb the idea that there really is an abundance of time?
There are times when I want to do a lot for people and a lot for myself as well. I want to do a lot in a day, things that I think I can do for a day. But things happen and spontaneous distractions come. Pressures to be productive arise. There's always that itch to look at the clock, to measure time spent and time left. Sometimes the abundance of money is easier to adapt to than the thought of time abundance. I guess my thinking has manifested these circumstances.
I have been a student of time management and stuff. In fact (ironically) my day job is a project manager and I've been successful with planning projects for years. But I'm very sure that there's some inside work I need to do in order to be calm. I think that because of the line of my work I am always 'conscious' of time and that the idea of time has put me in a place of scarcity.
How can I be less pressured because I know that time is abundant and do more with the time I have?
asked 20 Feb, 08:20
Since you are a student of time management, you'll appreciate the difference between efficiency and effectiveness.
Getting a lot of things done does not necessarily equate to getting results. There are plenty of people these days caught in the "busy trap" where they do lots of things but don't achieve much with all that doing. It's a wonderful way to feel scarcity of time...putting a lot of physical effort into going nowhere fast :)
You'll notice in all the popular mainstream time management frameworks around - for example, David Allen's GTD, Tony Robbin's OPA/RPM, Linenberger's MYN, Covey's First Things First...and so on with many, many others - they have a higher-level focus/vision-driven element to them that, in some cases, may not be immediately obvious.
The point is that it is focus (sometimes equated to "vision") that is the underlying principle that guides what needs to get done physically. And it is the "quality" of that focus that determines one's effectiveness rather than just one's efficiency.
The highest "quality" of focus (i.e. the feeling of being "in the flow" - the feeling of abundance of time) comes from aligned focus.
There is enormous physical leverage of time in aligned focus. (See Abraham's 17 seconds idea).
Aligned focus is the key to feeling an abundance of time
So how do you cultivate aligned focus?
Just start doing things, not based by their logical physical-mind-based need to be done, but by how enthusiastic you feel about doing them. Select your tasks based on the positive emotion you feel about doing them and you'll automatically start to align your focus.
It might take a few days of doing this to start to reset your task selection instinct but eventually you'll start to notice the correlation between doing tasks that feel good and getting results rather than just being busy.
When you are choosing tasks based upon feeling, you are enlisting the help of your Bigger Broader Self rather than just your limited physical mind perspective.
For more information, see Is working as a use of meditation with intention as powerful as prayer or energy healing?
Do the tasks without including time. Do them be cause they need to be done, not because of time. By not putting emotions into the mix, it speeds up time. It is a play on perception of time.
answered 23 Feb, 20:34
The Knights Alchemy
Yes, focus and quality of time used is better than justifying yourself to be busy
I feel you weren't really asking how to get more time, but rather how to make better use of your time.
However, the answer in how to get more time is so simple that many people just gloss over this advise: Quit doing stupid ****.
Life is about doing less (making decisions to say no to many things), not about doing everything.
answered 21 Feb, 21:30
Your question is interesting. What do you mean by abundance? You could argue that you have the same time as me: 24/7. Time needs time to move in. For example, a minute needs sixty seconds of time or it carn't happen. if I gave you one minute of time and all you had was 30 seconds what would happen? You could, I believe at least create a sense of more time. Find yourself a large clock, look at the time. The hands move in a clockwise direction. Now stand behind the clock and the hands move in a anti-clockwise direction, Does that change anything? Before the clock was invented man got on and did what he wanted, but as soon as some bright spark invented the clock no one had time to do anything. There wasn't enough hours in the day. We need time, It's to stop everything from happening all at once. Hope this helps. Chris
answered 06 Apr, 18:31
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