Another week down and time to write another post. Once again winter is right around the corner. And once again the another year is about to come to an end. Sometimes, time just seems to fly by. You celebrate your birthday to only find yourself celebrating it again almost the next day. The older you get, the faster time seems to pass (well for most people). If you agree with everything I just said you are not alone but you are wasting your life away (well unless you want your life to be over).
Have you ever noticed that the first time you drive somewhere, it seems to take longer than the 100th time you make the same trip? I drive from Rochester, New York to Cincinnati, Ohio every two months and I have been doing that for 20 years (with time off here and there). The trip takes 8.5 hours. The first few times I drove the trip, it seemed to take forever. Over time the trip seemed shorter and shorter. Was it really shorter? No. The point is that my perception of the amount of time the trip took was less. So let’s say that my trips only seem to take 5 hours each. If I live to be 90 and I continue to travel to Cincinnati until I die, I will have lost 450 hours of “time.” That is almost 20 days. I bet when I’m taking my last breath that I will strongly desire to get those 20 days back. And that is only the “wasted” time from one part of my life. Imagine if I added up all the wasted “perceived” time. I bet that would amount to a year or more.
So why does this happen? Whenever we are in one of our many life’s ruts we perceive the passage of time faster relative to when we are not in a rut. What is a rut? People tend to repeat what they are used to and not change. For example, do you always sleep on the same side of the bed? I bet the answer for most of you is yes. Why? The entire bed in the same, so why not sleep on the other side once and awhile. Oh I know, my alarm clock is on that side of the bed or my wife/husband sleeps on the other side. So what? What happens if you sleep somewhere else? Do the police come to arrest you? Try switching spots sometime and see how different the night is. Do you always drive the same way to work? Take a different route. Do you always eat the same food for breakfast? Do you always have the same Starbuck’s coffee? If you drink Starbucks, try this, get a different coffee (it has to taste different) and observe how different the “perceived” time it takes you to drink it is compared to how long it takes to drink a regular coffee. Do you always go through the same morning routing to get ready for work? Every time you do something that is a repetitive process you are wasting “perceived” time. Don’t live in ruts.
Here is everyone’s homework. For just one day, before you do anything, ask yourself, “is this what I normally do?” If the answer is yes then do something else or do it differently. You will be surprised how much slower time goes by that day. Your day will seem like two days. I know there are some of you thinking, “I don’t want my workday to go by slower.” I bet when you are on your deathbed, if someone asked you if you would rather die or work several more days, you would pick the work. Have fun with this.
Something to think about…