01 Jan / Manage your mind, manage your time
Most people fail to realize that time, for the most part, is a relational variable. In other words, it really has little meaning beyond its relationship to objects, things, and people. By viewing time as a psychological construct one ostensibly is in a better position to manage it, manipulate it, and do more with less of it. Most of us have heard the cliché:“Time is money.” In a sense, this is true because both the former and latter could viewed as derivatives of energy–physical or psychological. After all, little can be done without some form of energy exchange. Even ideas require energy and by extension time. In this sense, one could say that the average person focuses too much on time and not enough on developing the right mental model to properly frame the “idea” of time in their life. We can bend time with the right attitude and research demonstrates that our perceptions can manipulate the experience of time when needed. I’d bet that most people reading this blog can recall a time in their life when the experience of time was drastically altered by some major event like a near traffic accident or some close call with circumstance. Our minds accelerate and everything else seems to slow down.
In other situations, one may arrive at their destination after a long drive without only a faint memory of what occurred between departure and arrival. One’s unconscious seemingly takes over the driving of the car while the ego day dreams over days gone by. Time, just like anything else, constitutes a mind-filtered experience between here and there. Thus, whereas conventional wisdom states that productivity (P) is equal to work (W) divided by time (T) (P=W/T), one could potentially increase P by isolating W and shrinking T. In this way, time could be viewed as much as a variable as the amount of work performed. The primary point of this blog is that one can seemingly do far more with less by consciously changing his/her attitude, which would entail a reassessment of the operative paradigm than reigns over the whole personality. The mind is such an amazing tool. Too bad we mostly take it for granted.