The definition of illusion is “a deceptive appearance or impression.” According to Popular Science, “If you try to get your hands on time, it’s always slipping through your fingers.” “People are sure time is there, but they can’t get hold of it. My feeling is that they can’t get hold of it because it isn’t there at all.”
I say that time is an illusion because there seems never to be enough of it. Time can feel infinite and short. There is always time to finish blah blah blah tomorrow. In contrast, when a loved one is taken from us in an instant, time stops. There is no more time with that loved one.
Time exists in a sense that we have only so many hours in a day. We have to make appointments at an exact time. Every year, we age.
How Do You Manage Time?
Time is in full control during emergencies and death. But during the rest of our time, there are ways we can maximize it.
- Prioritize– There is always more to do than there is enough time. Therefore, prioritize aspects of your life that are most important to you. Don’t forget about your health. It’s best to focus on no more than four things at a time. Read this article from Life Science about the research behind the mind’s ability to focus a maximum of four things at a time.
- Consider your loved ones– I think sometimes we take for granted that our family will always be with us. At the end of 2015, my seven-year-old son, Jy, went from perfectly healthy to in a coma after receiving the flu mist. Our children, spouses, parents, loved ones can be taken from us that quickly. Luckily, we had a second chance with him. He is with us today. Make sure you make time for your loved ones. You never know when the time will end in that relationship.
- Consider your goals– Where are you spending your time? Are you a “yes” person? You say yes to anything asked of you? You will burn yourself out. Before you say “yes” to the next thing requested of you, ask yourself, “Is this benefiting my goals?”. Set your goals based on your key values (related to family, spiritual, work, school, etc.). Spend your time on tasks that will fulfill your goals.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Make the most of your “time.”
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