Posts Tagged ‘Time’

There was an interesting discussion on our college alumni yahoo group that started by a comment that the long drawn out cricket world cup is causing the loss of so many productive hours.

But more opinions were added, which stated that similar or more time is also lost in following American sports, perhaps all year round, and in many other distractions that life offers to anyone, these days.

I feel this is a part of modern day living, and the challenges on account of the many options we have in life.

I still remember a life where the man would get up around 7-30 am, go for a walk or a game of tennis, come back, get ready, take a good breakfast, go to the temple and offer nice, long prayers, then head to work around 10-11 am, wind up office by 5-6 pm, reach home, have a cup of tea, read the evening paper, shower, do dinner, spend time with family, and go off to bed around 10 pm or so. Maybe even go for an evening walk prior to that!

Seems almost idyllic. Seems like its coming from a different world altogether. And yet, it is not THAT old too. I have seen it (which tells something about my age 🙂 , but which also means its not that old), and I don’t know if in some households or some parts of our country, or with some people by choice, this kind of a lifestyle may still be a reality today.

To me, this seems unimaginable at this time.

Here are my challenges, or what I grapple with on my time:

– personal finances and investments

– keeping up with great blog posts, tweets from interesting people, facebook updates

– listening to and viewing podcasts

– reading interesting non-fiction books – finding time for fiction is like a dream (make up on that, with films!)

– news, from various parts of world, on various subjects, from variety of media

– wanting to write – tweets, facebook updates, blogs, notes, film reviews… hey, even a couple of books, not to forget my old and still cherished desire to write a film script

– oops, before I forget – family time – kids, wife, parents, brother, uncles, aunts, cousins

– friends, Rotary Club, TiE, Mentoring assignments, speaking at seminars and events

– travel – for pleasure and for work

– music – love to listen to it

– interesting apps on my iPad

– Scrabble on Facebook

– extremely heavy load of emails, very busy work life, spending time with team at office too

– business partners, investors, our mentors, strategic planning, new business opportunities

– cricket, movies, theatre, eating out

– oh.. and then there’s TV, and the 100s of channels there – and this is without DVR just yet

– Exercise, taking care of the physical self; perhaps also the mental one.. relaxation, meditation, etc.

And guess what just came to take up some more time now..

The phone just went 3G. So I can now see live TV and do a bunch of other things, while I am on the move.

Does that mean, those 3 minute short drives I used to have, where I resisted the temptation to switch on my laptop, and just looked out of the window – will those be taken away from me too, now? So I switch the TV on, on the phone, during this time, then??

It is clear that the clutter in life has to be reduced. There is an increasing need to simplify life. Cut out the junk, let some things go..

I started with TV (though due to some other compulsions), and I have not missed it a lot.

Can I do the same with few other things in life?

There is as much physical clutter around us, as is this mental clutter. And perhaps somewhere the reasons are the same.
Why don’t we throw away physical stuff? We reckon we may need it some day, so we hang on to it.

Likewise, we hang on to things in life, somehow stretching ourselves, slicing ourselves down to smaller and smaller pieces. Just holding on to everything.

Here’s where I remember one of my old favorite phrases, and which I need to seriously question at this time, “All I want is everything”. Yeah, that is how life is today.

But can we really handle it?

How about this other old favorite phrase of mine, “Success is living the life you want to live”.

Can we visualize, out of all the things that take up our time now, which are those we really want in our lives? And which aren’t. And then, work towards holding on to the ones that we want, and let the rest go. And simplify life?

What do you think? Tough questions here? Challenging and questioning our today? Harsh realities? Or not..?
Let me know what you think about these..

Yesterday afternoon, a client call came, and I needed to visit Pune for a meeting today.

I started thinking, what all commitments I needed to adjust, if I had to make it happen. Finally got things together, and planned to visit.

Called the driver early, the wife packed me a good bottle of water, etc. And I started out to Pune, a place outside of Mumbai.

I never think twice like this, when I travel within the city, nor do I carry water or anything in particular, while traveling within the city. No matter how far I am going, or how much time it will take.

In this case, we reached my destination in Pune, in exactly 2.25 hours, probably around the same time that I’d take, if I were to travel to say, Malad West, during rush hour.

But Malad West is “within Mumbai” and Pune is outside.

I was asked by few people who knew that I went to Pune yesterday, as to “how was the Pune trip”. They never ask me, how my trip to Colaba or Bandra was.

Distance like time, is then, a matter or perception. Even in this world that is shrinking – in distance and in time!

What’s your take?

Yeah, October makes way for November.

The passage of time. Just another day in life. Or a sense of aniticipation of winter coming in.

Or an anxiety that there is a lot to do, and more time has gone by, and we have not achieved enough?

All a matter of choice.

Stress is the way of life today. And if one was stressed, say about this passage of time, one would be “normal”, at least in the sense of being in the average mould.

But one does not have to be ‘average’. One can be different. One can choose to not carry that stress.

Take this time factor, for example.

Lets acknowledge first that each day must count. That we put in our best effort each day. With whatever it is that is our karma for the moment.

Once that is done and acknowledged, fretting about one date crossed out or the calendar flipping a page over, is not necessary. Does not help any.

So does this conflict with timebound targets and ambition and all that? Hope not. I don’ t think so. What about you?

Unfortunately of course, some things are calendar driven. Like expenses. And due to which reason, the calendar needs to be watched.

I know these are ramblings. As blogs are supposed to be. So I am not apologetic about this one.

I make the simple, humble point. More to myself, than to others.

That October turning to November, is not something to worry about. What is more important is to ensure that every day is made to count and the day ends with a satisfaction of having done one’s best that day!

Would love to hear other opinions on this?