I just realized that I spend over 10 hours of my week on the New York City subway system, and I find that to be pretty upsetting. The subway system is probably not the worse place in New York to be for 10 hours, and it is not as horrible as it is shown on television, but 10 hours is a long time to do anything really. I guess if I was to break it down 10 hours is only about six percent of my week, but the way time is, I’d be glad to get 1 percent of my time back at the end of each week. I think I may have an obsession with time, it is not that I want more of it, or less of it, it is the fact that time is a constant, which means it can’t be controlled or changed. Time is set, we are given a finite number of hours in a day, and if a task must be completed by a certain time, there is nothing that can change the approaching deadline other than our inability to keep up with a schedule. Whenever I think back to my days in school, I can remember instances when a paper or project were due, the most aggressive obstacle in the completion of these assignments was the time deadline, and no matter how I sliced it, in order to make that deadline other things, such as sleep, had to take a back seat. Time management is probably one of the most important skills to pick up these days. With great time management, it is hard to be unsuccessful in any venture. My way of managing my time, is to lay my schedule on a pie chart, we have a finite number of hours in a week, so if I plot them accordingly, I should be able to maximize my productivity. Time management is a skill that takes tremendous resolve, since keeping to a schedule is not as simple as cutting a pie, but once a commitment is made to keep to a schedule, everything flows much easier. I know that it is simpler to write about time management than to practice it, since the constant of time is always intertwined with the variable that is life, but proper time management can make the things we can control move a lot smoother. The way this world is, it is impossible to run everything mechanically or on a stopwatch, but when good time management skills are learned controllable events can easily become much more predictable and enjoyable.
A skill is the ability to perform a task, skills can be learned or taught and they go a long way in forming who we are as people. As a child it seemed liked learning skills was easy or necessary, whenever I was taught something, I just learned it, giving little thought to the task at hand. During adulthood, skills are perhaps more beneficial, but even the most simple of tasks can seem like a chore to learn. There is a common phrase that goes “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and that seems to go for some humans as well. I would never say adults can not learn new skills, since some of my most cherished skills were learned in adulthood, but it is possible that much like a dog, humans carry a certain level of stubbornness when it comes to learning. I enjoy learning, I learn things pretty quickly, but I have to admit I usually procrastinate heavily when it comes to teaching myself a new skill. When I think about it, it seems like the older a person gets, the harder it is to teach them new skills. I have tried teaching elderly individuals how to use smartphones and I can attest to the difficulty they face grasping even the most basic of concepts. While it does take longer to grasp new skills with age, a major factor in learning as you get older is interest. If you are truly interested in learning a new skill then you will put in the extra effort necessary to fully grasp it. Learning and developing new skills is extremely important, not only can the skills learned save a life, but learning new skills can keep you alive. The human brain is like a muscle, if it is stagnant for too long it can lose its potency. Try and teach yourself a new skill every once in a while, it is better to take 5 years to learn a new skill than to let your brain go to waste.
How did it get so late so soon?
– Dr. Seuss
Time is a topic that I could probably ramble on about forever, but for the sake of sanity and time itself, I will limit this posting to merely one of times many aspects. If you have ever had fun at any point in your life, you will have noticed how quickly time passes, it is almost as if time itself is sped up by enjoyment. On the other hand, time seems to be stretched and slowed in times of peril or turmoil. It is interesting that time is the same for everyone, no matter how it is calculated, but time is still relative to the individual in the moment. A practical example of the relativity of time can be seen in a car accident, for an observer a car can spin out in an instant and three seconds will seem as such, but for an individual in the car it will feel like slow motion, and three seconds can seem much longer. I am always reminded of the theory of relativity when I think about time, more precisely time dilation, time dilation basically explains how a change in time recorded by two observers for the same event can differ, based on their relative movement. While time dilation is pretty advanced and won’t be observed while driving a car, it does help explain the relativity of time itself. I believe time dilation can be observed in the human brain, our thoughts move extremely fast, and it is not completely absurd to say two people can experience time differently while sitting in the same room. Overall the best way to look at time is as an object that is always moving. Make the most of time, because no matter how it is being perceived, it is finite to those in each moment.
“Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.”
This is one of the truest quotes I’ve read in a long time. Have you ever found yourself lost in procrastination while studying or trying to write a paper? It definitely makes even the shortest of projects, appear extremely lengthy, and that is in no part due to the amount of time wasted in procrastination. It is quite amazing how the act of procrastination can completely derail the momentum of a project. Procrastination is the lack of momentum, the moment you decide to procrastinate you basically have chosen to quit now and start over later. I have grown enough and done enough time wasting that I can pinpoint my causes for procrastination. I have found myself procrastinating whenever I have deemed a project too easy, it’s almost as though my mind wants a challenge and will create one to appease its sadistic desire. I have also found procrastination occurs when research is involved, I used to take time to plot out my points of research before actually getting to work, it was like preparation to prepare, which is an advanced method of procrastination. Procrastination is a very common issue but it can be beaten. To beat procrastination it helps to set completion goals for yourself, or even make a game of your work in order to have a more enjoyable completion. There is no reason to put things off if you have the ability to do them today. In everything you do, focus and work until completion, nothing ruins a good day like procrastination.