no time

I know our time is just the matter of our priorities. But, come on, how many people you know place friends before the job? There are times when we say we don’t have a time, “sorry, but no time, you know, I’m very busy…”. The truth is you have some time. Just not for that. Just don’t feel like doing that/ meet someone/etc. But sometimes, very rarely I guess, we really don't have a time. To be honest, then we don't even bother to explain what else it has to be done, because there is NO time.


At 8.6.05, Blogger Bo said...

Now this is an interesting post. It's interesting for it reminds me of the interesting opinion of some, very interesting people, Matjaž Lunaček for example.
He said: "People often complain they have no time. I can't say that for myself. True there were moments in my life when I was short of time. Maybe then when I had young kids or when I visited two schools at the same time. But most of the time I could never really complain about having no time."

Lesson learnt. Do you already have children? Attending more than one school? If answer is no, please don't complain.


At 8.6.05, Anonymous valem said...

This reminds me on a story and this story is about a lecture on time management, where the instructor began by placing a one-gallon wide-mouthed Mason jar on a table. Next the instructor produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and he carefully placed them one by one into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and clearly no more rocks could fit in, the speaker asked the class "Is this jar filled?" Seeing no space for even one more rock, the entire class nodded and said that "Yes, the jar is full" at which point the instructor responded "Really?!" and reached below the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He then dumped the gravel into the jar and after shaking the jar several times he filled the jar all the way to the top.

Again the instructor asked "Is the jar full?" As you can guess the class was on to the instructor and one student answered "probably not." "Good" said the instructor who reached again under the table, this time to produce a bucket of sand which he poured into the jar and everyone watched as the sand filled up all the tiny spaces between the stones and gravel. True to form the instructor asked "Is the jar full?" to which the entire class shouted "No!" and in response the instructor produced a pitcher of water and poured until the glass Mason jar was filled to the very brim. At this point the instructor looked at the class and asked "Now, what is the point of this illustration?"

One student raised a hand and answered, "The point is that no matter how full you think your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!" To which the instructor responded "WRONG, that's not the point." And after waiting a moment, and seeing no other hands, he said "the point of this demonstration and the truth that it teaches is: That if you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them all in!"

"If you don't put the big rocks in first you'll never get them all in!" It is at once advice that resonates with what we know to be true — that little things and minutia have the potential to crowd out the really important things. And this story highlights our need to take time out, to sit down and consider what exactly are those big rocks in each of our lives? Family: children, relatives, loved ones; education and professional satisfaction; good health and exercise; helping others. These are but a few of the possibilities — and each of us would develop our own unique list-reflecting the character of our own particular situation and view of the world.

Although you can always put beer in the jar instead of water and say: No matter how full your life (jar) is, there's still some space (time) for a beer.

At 9.6.05, Blogger itn@ said...

Well, interesting comments. I agree that time is what you make of it. I'm not complaining. There were just a few busy days. Nothing special, no children, just a job with two experiments running (one is expected to be done in 8 hours), prepare and give a lecture, buy some wedding present for a friend, write a newspaper article, PhD writing, gathering holidays information, study for language exam,... So you see, nothing much, just a few crowded days. I just wanted to place stress on, how we say we are busy but sometimes we are really BUSY, that's all.

At 15.6.05, Blogger Bo said...

Now it really doesn't sound like complaining.
So I wouldn't call it the lack of time, but filling it.
On with it!


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