Everyone’s Thinking about Time

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Human sundial by Douglas Hunt, the English Wikipedia,  I’m adding this to my garden next year!

We’ve written before about trying to maximize our time and efficiency. Isn’t that what everyone wants, really – more time for what one wants to do? But then the minutes are frittered away here and there, and another day is gone without all priorities accomplished. As much as I’ve focused on this in my own life, I am still guilty of losing minutes to my cell phone, reading too much news, or, my number one mechanism for losing both time and sleep, worrying.

Technology was supposed to make our lives easier, right? Well, I think it has backfired. Wired and wireless everything make some tasks so easy that we can just sit around and doodle on the phone, even sometimes fooling ourselves into thinking that we’re getting work done. Gadgets do a lot of things, but none of them actually cook dinner, walk the dog, or think for me. You know, the essentials. And that’s good, because I want to keep doing those things, even though some days the words in my head are, Seriously? Didn’t I just feed you guys, last night?

What smartphones have done is show everyone how much time we all have to waste. Because whether or not we think we have time to burn, it’s happening. And I think that has sparked a lot of interest in returning to mindful use of time. Recently I’ve seen this topic discussed on several blogs:

The Beginning of a Digital Revolution, Cal Newport.  I found Newport’s Deep Work to be full of practical suggestions for improving my usage of time, and look forward to reading Digital Minimalism.  I am definitely ready for a digital revolution!

Thinking Time at My Simpler Life, Beth Dargis. Emulate Leonardo da Vinci by adding “thinking time” to your schedule to make room for brainstorming and planning.

Thoughts on Time, Weekend Reading, Gena at The Full Helping. To slow the passage of time, practice mindfulness as often as possible; do what you’re doing.

How to Slow Down Time and Live Longer. Mr. Money Mustache discusses learnings from neuroscientist David Eagleman’s books: to maximize time, prioritize novelty and importance.

I’m still reading James Clear’s Atomic Habits and thinking about ways to make my days 1% more efficient.   This week’s change has been the extra 3 minutes of chore time per day.  Mari has chosen to get hers all done in one evening, but I like just having one more small thing to do after finishing dinner: I feel productive and I still get to sit down and read with my cats.

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