You can create time.
Time is relative. Time is fluid.
Your perception of time changes. You perceive time differently than someone else. Your have a subjective experience of the passage of time.
When considering how to spend your time, ask yourself three questions:
- Can I not do this?
- Can I delegate this?
- Can I automate this?
When deciding on any task, ask yourself these questions. If you can avoid doing the thing you should be doing, don’t do it. If you can delegate the thing you should be doing, delegate it. If you can automate the thing that you should be doing, automate it.
When possible, create the circumstances around flow. Create the circumstances to live your life in flow. When possible, perform deliberate practice with flow state.
What is deliberate practice? According to Anders Ericsson, deliberate practice is the lifelong pursuit to improve performance in a specific domain.
What is flow state? According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow state is when time dissapears and you experience timelessness. During flow, we experience four states: selflessness, effortlessness, richness, and timelessness. The fourth state is most important since it allows us to create time at our own will.
You can create time engaging with engaging activities. You create time when you perform at you best. You create time when your skill matches your challenge level.
When you are focused on the present, you experience timelessness. In timelessness, hours seem to pass by in minutes and vice versa.
In timelessness, you don’t notice time passing since you are processing information at an accelerated rate.
When you specify goals, balance your skills with challenges, and receive feedback on your activity, you achieve flow.
Non-ordinary states, such as flow state, provide relief for the sense of time. In these states, we temporarily silence the inner critic. Time is a distributed perception which is calculated in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. During the flow state, our prefrontal cortex goes offline. That implies that we lose our peception of time when we are in flow.
Without the ability to separate time from past and future, we’re plunged into the “deep now”. Energy normally used for processing gets recollated during the flow state. In the flow state, we improve our focus and attention. We take in more data and process data more quickly.
During the flow state, we lose access to the neurotic part of the brain. Our most primative and reactive part, the amygdala, also calms down. In flow, you are involved in the process of what you are doing.
How do you increase the amount of time you spend in the present moment? Practice mindfulness.
When you experience timelessness, you feel you have time available, you are less impatient, you are more willing to volunteer to help others, you prefer experiences over material products, and you experience a greater boost in life satisfaction.
Without time in the picture, you have all the time that you need.
Time is an investment, an asset. If you learn something new or you challenge yourself to a new goal, you are investing in yourself. These time investments become your assets, your skills, your personality traits. Your goal is to grow these assets with time.
Time is an emboddied experience.