Creating a time warp
We all have 24 hours in a day, but some people just seem to get so much more done in their 24 hours. Do you know what their secret is? I can promise you what they practice is not the traditional form of Time Management, but a much more inspirational way of being.
How to create a time warp in your day
There is a way of being called flow, coined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. It is when you get into ‘the zone’ where the sense of time and all else disappears and you have clarity, focus, and a feeling of space where everything just works together, where you do not have to think about anything. It’s like everything is orchestrated to help you achieve what you want to do right here, right now, and nothing else matters.
Getting more done
Now the trick is to get into this flow feeling to get more done. There are a few provisos:
- Make sure you are doing things that matter to you – or you will be doing more of what you do not want to be doing, going in a direction you are not passionate about, and working with people you do not particularly care about who probably do not care about you in the least. This undermines flow.
- It is not when you are on automatic pilot, mindlessly doing things that bores you to tears.
- It needs a bit of practice, unless you have already experienced it and are already doing it… maybe not in your work environment, but maybe some hobby, sport, or form of art you are involved in. Most of us have experienced it at some time or other, usually when we are playing or doing something repetitive like running, swimming, dancing, cycling or walking. I have even heard that some people can achieve this state while washing dishes or ironing – but that’s not me I can assure you. Washing dishes and ironing to achieve flow would be very low down on my list of things to try.
- Ah! So how to bring it into business, now there’s the rub….
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The story of time
The first is chronological time where one thing follows another. This is where you know you have a past history; all the things that have happened to you and all the things you have done and experienced since you were born, and every moment that passes is gone and over, a new moment in history. So it has the sense that it is linear, like drawing a line, where the line goes on till the moment you die, and then it stops. (Note: This is unless you believe in the afterlife, reincarnation, or some other form of being-ness that is possible for you to experience after your demise).
Chronological time, as you know, has 60 seconds in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, 10 years in a decade, 100 years in a century, and so on…
This is a construct (or not) where our concept of past, present and future all intermingle in a bubble of now happening forever. (This is just for information. If it is too esoteric for you, just skip it, forget about it and move on. )
Business time expanded
- If you always have too much to do and too little time to do it in, then you need a dollop of the best chronos time working for you.
- If you find that things are taking longer than you had hoped, a little flow might help things along.
- If you just don’t seem to be able to get to the things that are important, but get stuck in the muck of details that have to be attended to, a little re-arrangement might be in order.
- If there is constant crisis management going on, a program interrupt and some radical problem solving will do the trick.
- If you are chronically stressed, hyperactive, a workaholic, or take work home on weekends and holidays, you probably need a stress less injection before you get into the zone.
Q: So what does this have to do with business or having more time?
- There are a few rules, when followed, that creates a condition which is very much like flow that speeds things along.
- There is a certain mindset that facilitates flow.
- There is a specific practice that helps you get into the zone.
- Chronos time needs the right environment to flourish.
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Creating flow is not Time Management. Traditional Time Management is when you are like a hamster running on a wheel. Busyness does not equal effectiveness nor efficiency. You could be mightily busy doing the wrong things, or things that are unlikely to get you to your Goals in time. If you are too busy, you do not get time to think what the best thing would be to do next, so you just mission on regardless, and because you are so busy, you do not see opportunities that are not directly related, but that would facilitate the process.
You could manage your time very effectively, with things you have to do every 15 minutes; micro managing your timeslots, but not be very good at getting the key things done… and there can be a number of reasons for this.
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