The Tyranny of Time
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  • Nov 01, 2017
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The Tyranny of Time

I watched a programme recently and as time started running out, the presenter said something that has stuck with me for over a week now. He made a statement about the tyranny of time.

The tyranny of time. I am fascinated by the word tyranny as it relates to time because there is a profound realisation in the idea that time is a tyrant. It really is, isn’t it? If you were to think about it seriously, you would realise as I have that time really does control our lives and whatever we choose to do with it, it never goes away. It always tick and tocks, and everyday it runs we get older, meet or miss deadlines, and achieve or fail to achieve goals. Whatever happens time keeps running with us having no control whatsoever over it.

Some pay attention to time’s demands and make it their duty to be punctual; they never use time frivolously, and they always ensure that time is set aside for everything and that everything is done in a timely manner.

There are those who recognise the value and importance of time and try to pattern their lives as much as possible to the never-stopping tick of the clock. These people arrive a few minutes late and are usually apologetic for their lateness because they recognise that time has been lost and all time lost must be acknowledged. They want to be like the first set of people but often fall short and live everyday trying to be better. Most eventually get to be like the first set, gaining a sense of mastery over time.

Then, there is the set of people who know that time does exist; day and night come and go, and days turn to weeks, weeks to months, months to years, etc, but they really cannot be bothered. What’s the hurry anyway? Whatever you do time will keep ticking so why bother? It’s okay if they are late, at least they showed up, so be thankful for small blessings.

Personally, I like the first set of people who maximise time and use it as a tool for their own objectives. That is, they allow their lives to be run on time such that time keeps them on their toes. Time, though a master, also becomes a friend. Time is seen as a vital member of their team, one that constantly reminds them to work when it is time to work, and relax when it is time to relax. They function in time while also realising that life often doesn’t go as planned. So they are able to make necessary adjustments to their plans to cater to emergencies and unplanned events. These people understand that time invested in planning their day, month, year, or decade is one that will deliver high returns because they know that failing to plan is as sure as planning to fail.

Aren’t you intrigued when people, organisations, or countries say they have developed a plan for the next 10, 20, or even 100 years? I am, and I have decided that I have allowed time be a tyrant to me long enough and have chosen to turn it into a friend and valuable team member using tools like the to-do list; goal setting sheets; project planner and tracker as well as energy management strategies. I invite you to join me in this time challenge, and let’s see where it will take us as individuals, organisations, and country.

What are your views on time? Please share in the comments section below.

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