Time Management

Have you ever thought about how you perceive time?


Everyone perceives time differently. Can you remember a period in your life when, if you look back on it now, time seemed to stretch on forever? When a week seemed like four, or an hour seemed like it went on for days? What were you doing during that period?

Chances are, you were probably doing something that was brand new to you and demanded your attention. The funny thing is, by focusing on what you were doing, you slowed down time (or how your brain perceived that time, anyway).

With time, we don’t so much sense it as perceive it. Essentially, our brains take a whole bunch of information from our senses and organise it in a way that makes sense to us, before we ever perceive it.

So, what we think is our sense of time is just a whole bunch of information presented to us in a particular way, as determined by our brains.

If your brain doesn’t have to process lots of new information, time seems to move faster, so the same amount of time will feel shorter than it would otherwise. This happens when you take in lots of information that’s familiar because you’ve processed it before. Your brain doesn’t have to work very hard, so it processes time faster.

Do you ever think this has been the quickest year so far? But I bet last year you thought that too? Have you ever noticed how time seems to just pass by?

Time seems to go so quickly, doesn’t it? Especially as we get older… Remember when the six-week holidays, as a child, seem to last forever? Because it did, it was a massive chunk of time, as a child. As a 6-year-old 6 weeks is a massive percentage of your life, it is 18% to be precise. So 6 weeks is a long time. As we get older, the percentages change and 6 weeks can go by in a blip. 6 weeks of a 30-year old’s life is 0.39%, so it is a big difference.

I never looked at it like this, until more recently, after researching time management and going on courses and workshops.

One major component, both good and a bad for time management is your mobile phone. You may be thinking why? But, how much time do you spend on your mobile phone?

Mobiles are great for business; we have people’s information at our fingertips. We have instant access to information. However, how many times are you distracted on this amazing device?

Did you know internet users are now spending an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes on social media?

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