Thinking about Time …Again!

The holidays bring an increase in cooking and baking in my household. This is the time when we generally increase our use of spices and herbs.

I  recently thought I had run out of “thyme’. Yes, that is thyme the herb. So I went to the store to buy some more thyme.  For some reason one of my family members asked me where I was off to, and I replied ” I am going to buy some thyme.”, “Right” they said.” That’s a good one”!

So to make a long story short, let’s think of time as a product.

Buying Time: We all know we can’t actually buy time, but we can ask for more time. This might then allow us to complete something. We are really only buying more. Buying time may cost us a favor in return, or create disharmony with one’s superiors. We can also buy time by asking for some help or assistance with a project or process. Two heads working on a project are often better than one.  Getting others to help us physically on a project can also make the task or work get accomplished.

Running Out of Time: When we run out of time, things usually won’t get completed by the deadline and we will have to face the consequences. By being more aware of our inventory of time, we can solicit help or make changes to improve our productivity along the way.

Giving Away our Time: Sometimes we can give away our time, because we have some available to share. This can be by volunteering,  sharing our expertise or skill set.

Wasting our Time: We can waste our time by focusing on the wrong thing, choosing to procrastinate or avoiding what we really need to do.  Time is easily wasted. We need to be aware of our time and conscious of our usage.

Stocking Up on Time: You can decide to put some time on reserve. By building in time cushions between events you can have available time to spend on unexpected delays or complications in parts of your life or work. You can also choose to set aside periodic project times, which are empty blocks that can then be used wisely for catching up.

I encourage you to think of time as a product over the next few weeks, just like thyme the spice. This may give you a new and productive perspective on time management.

This is an update on a  post of 2010 – I think it is well worth the time to read it again.



Filed under Client Management Strategies, Creativity, Knowledge, Philosophy, Productivity, Terms, Thinking, Time

3 responses to “Thinking about Time …Again!

  1. What a nice read that was! I absolutely agree “time’ or “thyme” is a necessary product. Thnx and gooddae!!

  2. Fred

    I really like what Terry has offered us here in the way of time. I just want to focus a little on quality and time, both of projects and our inner self. As a former engineer and as an analyst, I’m involved or witness projects that simply did not have enough built-in time for the needed quality or to account for the iterative process of design, which to try something and then try again if it doesn’t work. Too often we plow ahead with the original deadline and accept poor quality when it would have been to take more time and get it done right the first time, rather than painfully think you are making management – who often is not in the trenches with you – happy. In the long one, if quality is poor, no one is happy. Secondly, even if you have regrets over time and you should have completed something long ago, it’s healthy to forgive yourself, imagine yourself unconditionally loved, and then proceed boldly to proceed to the next step. Then you have inner quality rather than inner misery in regards to time.

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