Time Management: Putting Time On Your Side Essay

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Time Management: Putting Time on Your Side

     Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste one’s time is to waste one’s life, but mastery of time usage is mastery of life and making the most of it. Einstein once said, “There is no absolute relation in time between two events, but there is an absolute relation between space and time” (Sharp 1). Time is a mystery. It cannot be tied down by definition or confined inside a formula. Like gravity, it is a phenomenon that we can experience but cannot understand. We are aware of the ageing of our bodies, of the effects of the movements of our planet, and of the ticking of the clock. We learn a little about what we call the past and we know that change
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But in reality, neither concentrating all of one’s time and efforts to one activity alone, nor spreading one’s time equally across activities of unequal importance are good methods of managing time.
     Time is a scarce resource, although in a rather special way. The amount of iron-ore in the world is fixed. When it has all been converted into iron and steel, we must then rely on recycling or find other metals as an alternative. Time is inexhaustible, and there are three time related constraints that prohibit us as humans from doing everything we want. We do not live forever, know not how much time we have left, and cannot use the same sect of time to carry out multiple activities. With the assistance of technology and the somewhat modern philosophy of multi-tasking, we are able to accomplish more than ever. Nonetheless, no one can be in two places at once.
     “‘I feel like I waste so much of my time doing things that are not really important to me, while my life is slipping away,’ or, ‘I have so much to do; there’s just not enough time for me to do it all,’ and even, ‘I’m harassed, overworked, tired, and tense. I seem to be forever pushing myself, and can’t ever relax completely’ are usually the last words you hear people with time management problems say before they reach their breaking point’” (Lakien 25).
     There is no such thing as a lack of time.

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