Hey, who stole my summer? I flipped the calendar to June, blinked a couple of times, and suddenly here comes September. I think there are little thieves scurrying around, stealing hours, days, and weeks.
Part of the problem might be that time seems to accelerate as we get older. There’s a theory that the apparent duration of an interval of time varies inversely with the square root of age. What feels like 3 months to a 4 year old, might feel like 1 month to a 36 year old. I doubt the accuracy of that—just because my summer feels like it’s a week long, doesn’t mean that I’m 676 years old. Another theory is that each new interval in our lives becomes a smaller and smaller percentage of the total.
But I think there are also other things snatching time away. Perhaps life has become more complicated—more responsibilities, more regulations, more paperwork, more people with demands on our time, leaving less time for the fun stuff.
Fortunately, there are things we can do to fight back against time bandits. Here are some examples. Think about consequences before saying “yes”. Use checklists to reduce time lost to errors and duplication of effort. Finish what we start, without interruptions—imagine a multitasking doctor trying to do several surgeries at the same time, and then going back to close them up in his spare time.
And what about time that we steal from ourselves? One defense is avoiding electronicution. No, not electrocution. Electronicution—time killed with electronic devices.
Well, I gotta go. I’m going to spend some time in the sunshine before the shadow of autumn swoops in. Why don’t you join me?
George M. Pomonik
Pomonik Consulting, Inc.
“Chaos Removal Services”SM
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