This is the last step in our understanding of the perception of time and how we can best manage it. Step #4 is learning how to expand time. Most us have a narrow view of time – that is, we simply look at the seconds and the minutes that make up each hour…and the hours that make up each day; however, we should also look at how much we can pack into each of those hours…or how we can ‘expand’ our moments within a certain time period. This final step of learning how to best manipulate time and manage it accordingly requires a great deal of creativity. Mastering this technique will definitely separate the great leaders from the good leaders.
So, how can you expand time? Well…it’s all about using all of your senses to experience each and every day. In other words, become more aware of the importance of each minute and look for ways that you can experience a moment more indepth or how you can have a more meaningful experience regarding a specific time period. Think of it this way – if time is wider, then you can fill it up with more things and take more from it as well. Maybe this is similar to multi-tasking, but in a sense that you maximize all of your senses to experience a wider, fuller moment. One example would be those individuals who enjoy rising early in the morning so that they have time to make coffee, read the paper and just take in the beauty of the morning before they begin the routine of getting dressed and out the door to work. They are expanding time – using their senses to capture the moment.
Even though we can’t stop time or add extra hours to our days, we can alter how we experience and perceive the time we’ve been given. If you can your relationship with time into a positive one, then you can experience a liberating life that allows you to focus on the important things. So…as you can see, there’s a lot more to time management than just prioritizing which meeting you need to attend. If you learn to measure time correctly, understand how circumstances affect your perception of time, determine how to best control your perception of time and learn how to expand it…then you’ll have a full grasp on how to manipulate the limited time we have so that you can be more productive, efficient and successful. Try it out and see what happens!! Also…be sure and follower me on Twitter – @craigholloman. Have a great day!