Time – The perfect oxymoron!

Time – The perfect oxymoron!

They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.

Seneca

Some days, time seems to be abundant. We literally have to find ways to kill time. On the contrary, it’s not unusual to find yourself wondering where the time went? Where did the weekend go? When did I turn 30?

If there exists a perfect example of an oxymoron – its time. Abundant and fleeting at the same time.

My last week

Putting some perspective into this post. This last week was pretty busy. Work is again hectic (accidents have increased since everything is Unlocked now) and I cannot do WorkFromHome (another reason to not become a doctor). I did a 48-hour shift and a 24-hour shift. The next days were spent in bed (quite obviously).

Since it was a hectic workweek, the remaining time, was invested into relaxing. A little get together with friends or family or a small party. I justified it by telling myself I deserved it.

And suddenly, it’s Sunday. Where did the week go?

My original plan

I intended to do a couple of important things this week

1- Read new book I had started reading ( I have been reading this book for one month now)

2- Write a research project ( again lingering in my mail since a month)

3- Workout ( but because my week was hectic work-wise, I choose not to do a workout on any of the days, since I was already tired)

4- Write the blog ( I had something in mind, which I wanted to write, but over the week I totally forgot about it)

5- Practice my guitar ( but again I did not get time or I was just tired)

Do millennials manage time well?

I am not a big fan of being busy 24×7. I prefer taking things slow. Having time to myself and taking out time for important things in life.

But with so many distractions around, almost all the time – from Facebook updates about events happening to WhatsApp messages asking “what’s the plan tonight?”, life has become difficult. Especially for people who can’t say NO.

I constantly tread on the lines of how to prioritize things – work, leisure, health, family, and friends. Still, time is limited, things to do are almost unlimited ( especially with everything now being on the internet). Time management is a tough skill for our generation.

This Sunday, I could not understand how I ended up doing nothing that I had planned for this week.

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Do we only feel tired when we are not sure if we want to do this thing?

Once I was in the OR for 13 hours. The same night I was supposed to go to an open mic for playing the guitar. On a normal day, I would have ditched all work and might have gone out for a drink.

But that day, I came home late, got ready, and reached the venue. Did my thing and came back late. I did not feel tired at all.

Do we only feel tired when we are not excited enough or sure about something? Maybe!

Maybe going out with friends seemed more exciting to me than sitting at home and playing my guitar or reading a book. Once I am more excited or convinced about things, my days won’t run on auto-mode. I won’t have to think where the time went.

Time is one of the most valuable assets we have. And we control everything about it. Time is money and many such anecdotes are famous. But one stands out for me –

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.

Seneca

Seneca, many many years ago, with no distractions around, understood this fact. I still struggle to assimilate the fact that how important time is. And I guess it is a normal thing to waste time/chill for us millennials. Maybe we can prove later that we were right! Who knows.

More like a personal venting!

I recently came across the concept of venting. Writing things that are in your head in toto. It helps you sort your thoughts, see them more clearly, and organize them, to understand what is going on in your head and around you

This is more of a personal venting post. I don’t know how many of our readers have ever felt this. The feeling of a total week, just passing by and you not taking a minute to take a step back. Time seems to have flown by now, but during the last week, it seemed to have slowed down.

Time is relative – The rate at which time passes depends on your frame of reference. This statement has always intrigued me. I still don’t think I have a good understanding of it though.

Tell us if you have ever felt similarly about time. Sometimes in abundance and sometimes never enough. And how do you manage your time well! Any tips and tricks would do!