Buying Time

Time is fleeting. Time is costly. Time is abstract. There are many descriptors for time. Many of which could probably be used for money as well. And as with money, time as a concept works best when we believe in its scarcity.  

Do you ever find yourself trading with time? For example, deciding to work a little longer or hang out a little later in sacrifice of sleep.

Do you ever find yourself changing time in order to feel better about it? For example, saying four weeks instead of one month, 90 days instead of three months. Or on the macro scale there are examples such as Daylight Savings Time.

Regularly, I find myself in negotiations with time. I am appallingly great at procrastination. I can easily talk myself out of completing a task that has been on my calendar for ages with reasons why something else has priority. This tends to build into some form of tension and/or anxiety around getting the task done. Eventually I get around to the task and ask myself why did I need so long to do it, and what can I do differently next time. I sometimes acknowledge this as an excellent skill. But is it really?

Many people ascribe to the policy of scheduling so that they can do the maximum amount of things possible in a minimal amount of time. I used to as well. At the same time, I find that this easily leads to spreading my attention and energy too thin

There are things/events/actions in our diaries that we must learn to make non-negotiable. In order to do so, we must intentionally make them a priority. However, there are also people, tasks, and circumstances for whom or which we gladly make ourselves available.

Time can be neither traded nor bought. Instead of treating time as a commodity, patronising the concept as a nonentity, or even demonising it, befriend time. Own the concept, even.  

All we have is time.