“Lack of Time is Not the Problem”

by Daniel Batten on May 20, 2010

Many times I hear people say “I don’t have enough time”, or “If only I had more hours in the day”.

Have you ever had a time-intensive hobby (such as a sport), or activity (such as driving a long way to work)? What happened when when you stopped doing this – did you suddenly find you had more time? In almost all cases, people report that the time is simply absorbed and there is no more time at all


It is because “lack of time” is not the problem.

We have all the time we need in the world to start a company, become a millionaire, get enlightened, have a family, bring meaning to the lives of others, serve the community, and participate in the solving of social or environmental problems.

Lack of time is not the problem…

… because time is not a “thing” like rice, or sandwiches, or chocolate.

Have you noticed that when we are in the presence of people we love doing things we love, time speeds up, but when we are doing something we may loath – it seems to drag?

That is because time expands or contracts to support what we are doing.

Time is simply a container. Your mind is like the fluid in that container.

If you had a bigger container, but the mind was still filled with muck, then you would simply fill your container with more muck.

That is why removing an activity from your life seldom results in “more time” if you have done nothing to your mind.

Focus on bringing clarity, and focus to your mind at all costs and you will find you have all the time you could ever need.

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Alex Lovell May 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Nice Blog. I totally agree, it seems no matter what void you create it always gets filled. I can’t remember the last time I did nothing, yet sometimes I seem to be constantly busy doing nothing! Focus is the key, But how do I get that? The Art of Living course (something I need to make time for) I am gathering relieves stress, moves me forward in a relaxed state… I may even begin to clearly see which direction ‘bliss’ might be in? Does it help with focus too? interested to know.

What if procrastination of the things you loathe (some of which are important) is an inherent behavioural trait? Can you teach this old dog new tricks? Lets discuss that in our next session.

Back to the Brand Strategizing, managing visual communication but first… must get lunch 🙂

Nick May 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

I love the concept that “time is a container”.

Alex May 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Agreed, we’ve all got the same container it’s how we fill it. I think another key word is ‘prioritising’. Many people fill their time container unthinkingly without working out what their priorities are, then wonder why they ‘don’t have time’. Everybody has 24 hours a day but if you’re not filling that time with your priorities first, then you’re probably wasting it on superfluous bumf. Time is the golden treasure.

Nick May 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Yeah prioritising is all important. I’ve been using the urgent / important matrix for some time now (in theory anyway) but what Daniel is talking about it more about choosing the projects that then give you urgent and important tasks that you love I guess.

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