I woke up this morning with no knowledge that time had changed.
I am a person who thinks I control my time and I have to manage it well. It is times like this I realize that controlling time is an illusion.
I only have control of what I do with time, right?
I am in Copenhagen. My functional notion of time is based on the United States, where time doesn’t change until next week. Europe switched over last night while I slept.
The person who lost out because of this change was my partner, Karl, who waited in Arizona as a slept another hour in Denmark before I was up for our morning/night check in Skype call. Sorry Karl.
I benefited because even though I set the alarm for the amount of sleep time I believe my body needs–and I have this notion I won’t sleep any longer–my digital clock made the change and my biological clock happily overrode my brain. I easily slept for another hour.
In fact, after I finally got up and talked to Karl, I realized I had nothing pressing to do until the afternoon. So I went back to sleep. Glorious!
Once again, I am reminded that time just is. I decide if I don’t have enough time to get everything done. I also decide to forget about time and go with what feels wonderfully right in the moment.
In the long run, the most important things always get done.
If for some reason some of my tasks don’t get done, then I need to look further as to why I am making myself do things I don’t like to do or what made me drop those things to the bottom of the to-do list. Can I plan my life to decrease what I don’t like and focus more on what brings me joy, a sense of purpose, and a feeling that time doesn’t matter?
If I am procrastinating on doing something, what is keeping me from choosing this work? Is it the nature of the work or the people I have to connect with that makes my brain flee to other, possibly time-wasting tasks?
I am making decisions all the time about time. How can I be more aware of these decisions?
Can I take some “should do” items off the list?
Do I have a vision of what I want to create for myself in 3-5 years? If so, do my tasks help me to reach this vision? If I don’t, is it time to create a vision or update an old one that doesn’t serve who I am today?
What I realized while I lie in my bed this morning: Quit trying to manage time.
The better I manage my life, making sure I am healthy, happy and feel fulfilled by my work, the less time is a problem.
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