The Problem of Time

Most of us crave for more time. We start something and by the end of it, we realize that we are where we started or we are nowhere near what we had wanted to do. For the majority, our mind is never at ease. It is constantly battling a lot of distractions from outside and from within. The moment we decide to think about doing one thing, we end up with 10 different to do items.


Most of us do not measure what we do with our time, where we spend it and how we spend it. Time is most often taken for granted. Nearly 95% of meetings never happen on time as the participants never arrive on time. We often end up thinking of giving 1000 different reasons for not being there on time than coming up on time.

This results in a lot of unnecessary stress and time fatigue. By the end of the day we feel extremely tired but would have done very little. According to Hugh Culver, we waste an enormous amount of time on small things (read it up here)

  • 2.34 hours checking email (30% are neither urgent nor important.)
  • 35 minutes deciding what to eat
  • 16 minutes deciding what to wear (women) & 14 minutes for men
  • 7 minutes thinking about exercise (but doing nothing)
  • 37 minutes on Facebook
  • 27 minutes on other social media accounts
  • 40 minutes on YouTube
  • 1 hour in meetings (Inc) and 50% of that time is wasted
  • 4 hours watching TV
  • 96 minutes surfing non-work related websites
  • 171 minutes checking your smartphone
  • 90 mins in daily interruptions (such as colleagues asking questions)

This does not include the various other things that we so often take for granted – worrying about what others might think of us, time spent on commuting, time spent on making to do lists etc.

Here are some nice quotes on time management that i found useful:

“Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.”
― Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”
― Lao Tzu

“Time can be a greedy thing-sometimes it steals the details for itself.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”
― Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
― M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

“Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.”
― Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See