This morning I used a total of 8 minutes 37 seconds and 8/10ths of a second to go to the bathroom, expunge my bowels, shower, shave, brush my teeth and put on clean clothing. How about you?
Time is that it is the one entity that knows now race, gender, creed, color, and political, military or religious view. The reality is that each of us is given an equal amount of it each day that we are alive. Twenty-four hours.
In all the sales training I ever received for any service. The number one excuse we dealt with was “I don’t have time.” If I could get a dollar, franc, euro or yen for every time these four words were uttered in any language on the globe for one year, I wager I would be a very wealthy man.
The study of time and how much can get eaten away is what led me to work towards a skunkworks lab as well as the idea of telecommuting from a corporate setting. I think I was Feld’s first corporate telecommuter, as the road crews were always telecommuting from a hotel far from home. What astounded me was how much time could be saved just in not commuting somewhere, and how few people bothered to add that time into their salary or work compensation, just giving it up as a cost of doing business or free. If you have an hour commute each way, that is 10 hours a week x 52 weeks = 520 labor hours (almost 13 weeks of pay) to work your 52 weeks of work. In essence, that person is spending 20% of their time, just to get to work.
This weekend I was talking with a few men where I was really surprised that some men took as much time as a woman to get ready. i must live in a cave, but i didn't realize men need to pamper, exfoliate and take care of their skin and look just so for when they walked into public. why did i find this 1 an 1/2 number interesting? It works out to more time than the aforementioned commuter travels to work each year. 546 hours years, just to wake up, gets ready, and then go on with ones day. now if you do both....when i hear "i have no time" i sort of look in amusement and think, "well? there is over 1,000 hours a year right there."
Each of us has a choice in how we want to use or choose to use our time. I like to spend mine almost perpetually be thinking, working on ideas, and building prototypes intersperse with moments of silence, exercise, or cooking. Since I learned to get paid to do what I love with entertainment – the idea of doing what the majority of a population thinks is fun simply doesn’t enter into my vision anymore. When you know how to make the movie, show, music, stage or illusion, it is hard to just go sit in a seat and watch a show, go to a movie, or flip through mindless television programming to find something interesting to watch. My mom sometimes comments, “Maybe you did and experienced too much in life?”
While I disagree with her, there is some truth to her comment. With time, I do wish I had more each day, as there is no shortage of ideas and things to test and learn about. I guess I will never be a life spectator unless I see something like this:
A moment that was fun to watch was a man playing an aria on the trumpet at a church service on Sunday. His eyes were trying to hyper focus on the reading the sheet music. From a technical standpoint, the man wasn’t all the great, he was no Rod McGaha or Wynton Marsalis – from a pure heart standpoint, giving all he was able, the man playing the trumpet was brilliant.
That is what I spent a few moments watching on Sunday. A man’s heart playing better than his hands, fingers, and mouth would allow. I heard, I watched, I loved it.
I think I was the only one in the entire church that was aware of it, besides perhaps his wife and the creator himself. The rest were too busy looking at their watches to see how much time was left before they could leave.
Time – we all have the same amount each day. How we spend it, use it, waste it, or bury it – is a choice.