Since the human mind cannot accurately conceive the abstraction of “TIME,” how we measure it can be customized to an individual rhythm. The Legacy Command Campaign Planner acts as a dynamic, individualized, unique measurement tool for optimizing your Relationship with Time. During the hours, minutes, and seconds of our days, it is within the context of our Activities where we engage most directly with Time. To work outside of the constraints of traditional clocks allows for a kind of “negotiation” with Time. We all have the same “24 hours” in each day. The sunrise arrives each morning at a precise time in geographic regions across the planet. Each hour, the cascade of sunlight is marked. Shadows turn from black to gold as light pours over the land. However, within this perpetual tumble of waking consciousness, some people seem to be able to achieve exponentially more than others. How can the use of Time exist on a spectrum with such extremes? Each of us has a unique, one of a kind Relationship with Time. What would happen if we treated Time as our most dear companion?
Humans have always struggled to build and maintain a healthy Relationship with Time. Seemingly practical questions such as, “How long is three months?” or “What will my top priority be in six months?” are almost entirely useless when planning our goals and visions. Similarly, they are flat-out disorienting when working on the timeline for what we consider our “Purpose.” Cognizing periods of time so far into the future is like trying to describe a color. Can you describe the color orange? Give it a try. Of course you have experienced the passage of Time before, and the color orange, but does the experience have any practical context in our reality?
Seconds tick by on our clocks. Minutes lurch forward to slowly turn a crank that creeps us past hour after hour. Clocks are simply a tracking system that help us stay in relative sync with each other.
Clocks are an extremely useful and powerful human technology. How else would we engage with the inter-reality of our world? But, if all the clocks in the world suddenly disappeared, what would a Relationship with a “tickless” Time feel like?
Throughout history, time measurement tools have been created by humans in an attempt to quantify and predict daylight. Humans have always operated and survived by the glory of our relationship to, and understanding of, the sun. Again, though, while the sun is a consistent reference for marking Time, the sun is not Time. Just as our ancestors worshipped the sun, our modern society worships the clock. How can we make better use of this tracking tool while reclaiming an ability to disconnect from it? We must embrace an individualized interface for Time.
To make demands of Time beyond three months into the future is frankly a little disrespectful to the Time Relationship. Then, Time doesn’t return our calls, Time isn’t liking our Facebook posts, and we find out through a friend that Time just isn’t that into us anymore. Let's do a little Time therapy.
Think back to where you were and what you wanted six months ago. How much of what you wanted has changed? How much of what you set out to accomplish have you successfully achieved? Regardless of your success, and regardless of the practical results of those achievements, the single most important change that occurred was YOU. Your IDENTITY changed. We all grow. And sometimes, that growth means we abandon goals or plans that no longer serve us. This is HEALTHY. People often stubbornly hold onto goals even after they are clearly not relevant to the current conditions of their lives. Time passes, and we wonder how a year has gone by. We still haven’t started that business, or finished that project, or called that friend, or taken that trip. Time requires more frequent check-ins, and short-term QT. So? How do we spend more Quality Time with Time?
Shorter cycles such as a focus hours, “time chunking,” a well-planned day, and a balanced week all allow for the deep extraction of concentrated attention juice.
We can cultivate the power to do less while accomplishing more. Doing less doesn’t mean less productivity - it means doing fewer things but doing them completely.
It means instead of a list of 50 important things we need to do, we focus on 10 of them and ignore the rest. I would bet Vegas odds that half of your “important” list isn’t truly as important as you think.
To cut away some of the vines holding you down, try this exercise. Write any or all of the following affirmations FIVE times:
The needs of others are not inherently my responsibility.
My needs always come first because I am most worthy of my attention.
I will make sure my own cup is full before I can freely give to another.
I am Significant, and my needs are important.
Everyone deserves to get their needs met.
I give myself permission to say “NO.”
If I refuse someone’s request for assistance, they will find another way to get their needs met.
Maintaining healthy boundaries shows Respect for myself and others.
If someone calls me selfish, it is because they are upset that I will not comply with their agenda.