A nine-minute video, produced by Dr. Steve Randall, is hosted on YouTube at Got Time? It depicts the habitual Western problems with time pressure and the feeling of not having enough time, identifies common ways of not dealing with the problem, and then suggests that there are ways to change our personal time (like a personal space).
In an effort to kickstart a 'time movement' to eliminate destructive time stress in Western cultures and evolve toward the zone of peak performance, the TSK Association is now offering an onsite or computer-based workshop on Mastering Linear Time. This workshop is free, and can be completed on your own, at your own rate, in the convenience of your home or office. This workshop and other free resources can be accessed from the introductory page at http://www.tskassociation.org/time-movement.html. A free one-hour seminar introducing the workshop is being offered. Sign up using the form to the right.
For an article outlining an effective path to mastery of time pressures--based on seminars taught over twenty years with thousands of people--click here: Beat the Clock Before You Run Out of Time.
Frame 462 of a Mandelbrot reverse zoom movie made using free software ChaosPro. See http://flic.kr/p/47RmTg
Essential Time Mastery Seminar
What's essential for mastering time, time pressures, and time poverty--the feeling that we don't have enough time? This short, free, 12-slide seminar/movie, hosted on YouTube, introduces essential definitions; inquiry about the zone, personal time, and the source of time pressure; and two powerful methods that can be useful for mastering time. The script for this seminar is at http://wp.me/ss9h2-187
You can also watch this video directly in a larger window at YouTube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzborniaYXo This seminar goes beyond conventional time management and gets to the heart of mastering time.
Free Seminar Introducing the Mastering Linear Time Workshop
To eliminate destructive time stress in Western cultures, the TSK Association is offering an onsite or computer-based workshop on Mastering Linear Time. This workshop can be completed on your own, at your own rate, in the convenience of your home or office. A free 45-minute seminar introducing the workshop is being offered. Sign up using the form below.
The Most Important Time Management Practice
Don’t Have Enough Time? Feel rushed, pressed for time?
According to Dr. Larry Dossey, “The importance of the exaggerated response to time, the sense of urgency . . . is that it is translated into physiologic effects. . . . The chronic misjudgment of the nature of time should be seen for what it really is: chronic disease itself. It is a silent process, but for many of us an inexorable one leading to disease which can be fatal.” (pp. 51, 166, Space, Time, and Medicine, 1982)
We can't change the way the clock ticks, but there’s much more to time than the clock and physical time. We can change the way we experience time if we're clever enough. Like a personal space, we all have a personal time, and it’s quite changeable. And oddly enough, this personal time is usually not seriously dealt with in most workshops and writings on time management.
Consider these questions: During your best performance in some sport, how did you experience time? When in love, how did time feel? In optimal work, how was time?
Of the thousands of people I've asked these questions, virtually everyone agreed that during peak experiences there was a kind of effortless, frictionless flow, or that they simply didn't experience time at all. This is important to think about, because if time felt really different from the way it usually does, something other than 'Western standard hurry time' is possible. Thus the way we experience time—our personal time--can be substantially changed so that we don’t feel anxiety or pressure about time.
What’s the most effective way of changing our troublesome experiences of time? Well, first of all, it’s useful to know what the source of the problem is. For most of us, pressure and anxiety about time are produced by an imbalance in the heart, head, and throat energies. (This imbalance is built up over our lifetimes, and is the cumulative result of having pushed away emotional disturbances rather than resolving them. ( See “Beat the clock before you run out of time!” http://wp.me/ps9h2-2x ) When the throat is constricted, an excess of energy flows to the head, with a dearth of energy to the heart, and we feel like time is passing relentlessly out of our control. But if these energy centers are balanced, experience becomes timeless--not that events in physical time stop happening, they just are no longer accompanied by pressure.
How can you balance these energies? The best single antidote I’ve seen for time pressure and 'time poverty'--the feeling that we don’t have enough time--is a balanced way of breathing used in a number of martial arts: breathe gently, with some consistent awareness of the breath, through both nose and mouth, with the tip of the tongue placed lightly on the upper palate just back of the front teeth. This balances left and right hemispheres of the brain, as well as upper and lower body energies.
This way of breathing is a simple practice which can be done whenever you remember it--the greater part of the day you can do it, the better. But in order to rebalance the energies as they were when you were a child, consistent practice of this breathing technique is necessary. Still, after a couple of weeks doing this kind of breathing you should notice a substantial difference in both time anxiety as well as your overall energy level. But don't take my word for it--try it and see.
Steve Randall, PhD
Peak performance researcher, Director of Results in No Time, co-founder of the Time, Space, and Knowledge (TSK) Association