This conversation isn't a mini-time management course,
and I'm not a time manager. If anything, if pushed, I'd say I
consider myself to be a time bandit. In the movie Time
Bandits, the fabulous Sir Ralph Richardson plays no less than the
Supreme Being. When asked why there's evil in the world, he
muses "Ahhh ... I think it's something to do with
free will ...". But that's a subject for another
conversation on another occasion.
Time Bandits - The Movie
What I'd like to grapple with here is the shift towards owning
everything there is to do in my life rather than only owning the
things I want to do, and not fully owning the things I have to do
but don't want to do.
When I own all of it, when it's ... ALL ... MINE! ...
then I want to do whatever there is to do. When I own
all of it, then I want to do it all because it's ...
ALL ... MINE! Then my life isn't split between what I
want to do and what I have to do but don't want to do. Then all of
it is what I want to do and I want to do it all. When I
don't own all of it, then whatever there is I have to do but don't
want to do, devours the precious time I could use to do what I want
to do ... or so it would seem ...
Can you get the scarcity in this way of looking at
time? Ordinarily when we say someone is coming from
scarcity, we could be referring to how they are about
When I own all of it I'm never short of time. When I own all of it
I've got all the time in the world. That's all we'll ever
have, literally and exactly: "all the time in the world". When I
align my life with Life, when I own all of it, when I stand
for transformation (which is to say when I transform my
life) I've got all the time there'll ever be. In fact
when I transform my life, I've got more time than I'll ever know
what to do with. I've got time on my hands, whereas before this
shift there never seemed to be enough time - ever.
may look at the possibility of scheduling time in fifteen minute
intervals for the next twenty years. You and I may look at the
possibility of scheduling time in one hour intervals for the next
month. Neither is worse than the other. Neither is
better than the other. Scheduling time in fifteen
minute intervals for the next twenty years is neither worse nor
better than scheduling time in one hour intervals for the next
month. Scheduling is scheduling. Time management is time
management. If they work, they work. If they don't work, they don't
work, so cut them out and try something else. This
conversation is about neither of those. This conversation is about
shifting the context in which you hold time.