Wednesday, April 27, 2011

i-TFTD #316: Timely Tips

This bonus edition of i-TFTD with quotes related to time was triggered by the recently concluded World Cup cricket when over a billion people spent hours and days watching a dozen or so men playing with a stick and a ball!

#316-1. Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
-Jean de La Bruysre

#316-2. Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it.
-Jim Rohn

#316-3. Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
-Leonardo Da Vinci

#316-4. Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too s! hort for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
-Henry Van Dyke

#316-5. One realizes the full importance of time only when there is little left of it. Every man's greatest capital asset is his unexpired years of productive life.
-P.W. Litchfield

#316-6. Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing.
-Alexander Woollcott

#316-7. Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.
-Stephen Swid

(Thanks to Prashant Varekar who shared three of the above quotes.)

Time is one of the few things that we perceive to be available in fixed quantity, non-stretchable and experience it moving in one direction always. I say ‘perceive’ because both from a scientific (Einsteinian) viewpoint and in a spiritual sense, time is not absolute. Ultimately time management is life management because it is either conscious or unthinking prioritization.

Most people have some paper-based or electronic To Do lists. A popular suggestion these days is to also have a Not To Do list (some call it To Don’t list or Stop Doing list). Feeling “crazy-busy” is a modern epidemic fueled by an always-connected, information-flooded environment. A couple of years ago I decided to stop regular watching of TV including CNBC and news channels. It turned out to be much easier than I thought and obviously freed up valuable minutes every day to spend with family, to read more or just relax without mental clutter.

Part of the trick of feeling in control is to accept that what we do spend time on every day or week is probably we do really care for at the moment. One needs to periodically balance between this basic self-acceptance and aspiring to do more.

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