'Time Movement': Beat the Clock
"The misuse of time in today’s society should lead to a 'time movement'.” (Rechtschaffen, p. 226) "Unless we consciously learn to control time in our lives, the stress we suffer will only get worse. . . . Until we learn to control time consciously, our lives will continue to speed away from us . . . ." (Rechtschaffen, p. 14)
“It feels like our lives have turned into a grueling race toward a finish line we never reach.” (Jay Walljasper, former editor of Utne Reader) As mentioned in an ABC news video some years ago, "many of us are now in a hurry most of the time," and have the strong feeling that we don't have enough time. These mental and physiological habits strongly and adversely affect our health and well-being. Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen wrote, "I would say that 95 percent of the stress in our lives relates to our feeling of time poverty."
In many Western cultures, we learn to believe that time pressures are somehow 'built into' time, or are due mostly to speedy modern technology. But this clearly isn't true. Decades ago Maslow showed that peak performance--which seems possible for most of us--included a feeling of timelessness, with no stress about time passing. This doesn’t mean that we ignore clock time, we just don't feel time stress. In his book Flow, Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi confirmed that flow experience was the unstressed alternative to our 'normal' sense of time passing out of our control.
My own research over the past thirty years confirms these findings. Pressure is not built into time, and does not result from technology, which in itself is neutral. There is a way to ‘beat’ the clock, not by hurrying, and not by ignoring time, but by ﬁnding a kind of peaceful ‘zone’ in time like the eye of a hurricane. It's time to pass the knowledge of how to do this on to any and all in our culture who want it. (For a summary of my research and teaching experience on time, see "Biography with Respect to Time" on http://www.tskassociation.org/steve-randall.html )
Can we start a popular 'time movement', so that a large number of us cut the time stress in our lives? Can we gradually learn to ally ourselves more closely with the creative energy of time? It would clearly be more healthy and productive, and we could gradually eliminate the imbalance and conflict in our lives: Meditation teacher J. Krishnamurti said that if we end psychological time (not clock time), there would be no conflict in our lives.
Steve Randall, PhD
Can we start a 'time movement'? What's already been done?
Since 1977 I've been intensively practicing, writing about, and teaching methods of time management and time mastery. In the 1980s I explored how conventional time management's preoccupation with clock time could be balanced by the timeless feeling normal during peak experience. I've been a pioneer in developing the new field of inner time management (ITM), combining it with conventional time management (CTM). Over twenty years I taught about 100 classes and workshops on time management and time mastery.
In 1995 findings from teaching thousands of people were woven into a book titled Results in No Time, which introduces principles and practices for changing time stress within a cross-cultural vision of work that leads to optimal productivity and fulfillment. I developed what is probably the only one-stop, online time management shop in the world at www.manage-time.com
Thirty years of my teaching and research shows that time pressure can gradually be changed to the timelessness of peak experiences. We can learn to find, and perhaps remain ‘within’, the most peaceful, yet most productive ‘zone’ at the center of our activities. A well-defined technology has been available for over twenty years, and is built into the Mastering Linear Time workshop.
This workshop enables individuals to significantly shift their experience of time. The materials can be studied and practiced individually or in a group, either face-to-face or via webinar. A FaceBook community page is available to support individual and group efforts to improve their experience of time.
And many more resources are available. On the links following, you can find:
How you can help the Beat the Clock movement
How can you play a role in this popular movement to eliminate time stress? There are several different ways you can help:
It's your choice about how to participate and further the cause of eliminating time stress in our time-starved culture. If you're the least bit motivated to personally rid yourself of some stress, take advantage of the free resources (see below). If you have a little cash to donate, please do so, and you'll be rewarded with additional resources to help you move toward peak performance in your personal and occupational life. If you don't have cash to spare, but know some other people who could probably benefit from these resources, provide their email addresses and we'll send them an invitation to participate. This will help us make the movement "go viral." Most of us in many Western countries learned stressful ways of experiencing time--so it will take a lot of us to significantly decrease the stress in our cultures.
Help us relieve our chronic dis-ease! Please fill out the forms below. No matter what, you will still get the resources you need to make a huge difference in the stress you feel about time.
Relieve Your Own Time Stress
Click here to go to the page with a general introduction and benefits of the course: The Mastering Linear Time Workshop
Help the Movement Go Viral
Please provide email addresses for one or two other people who could benefit from diminishing time pressure and the feeling that we don't have enough time. Only the email address is necessary. We'll send them an invitation to use the free resources.
Thank you so much for helping kickstart this project to decrease the time stress in our lives.
Dr. Larry Dossey said, "I am convinced that we can destroy ourselves through the creation of illness by perceiving time in a linear, one-way flow."
"Unfortunately, the poor use of our time does not make us fat, and so its effects are less visible. That may be why the problem has not yet been given national priority. Nevertheless, it can make us as sick as overeating. Ulcers, heart attacks, and cancers are created in the furrows of stress . . . . In a sense, this situation is much more serious, because many more people suffer from stress than from obesity." (Servant-Schreiber, The Art of Time, p. 31)