This book jumped off the shelf and into my hands as I paced the floor at work. I have been reading a lot of management books that have good ideas about taming time, organizing, prioritizing, leaning in, etc. But none have promised to help me create or reinvent time. As a scifi fan and somewhat blocked artist, this is what I need. I know I am spending my time each day on quite a number of things I don’t care about.
Heard this lately? “I’m so busy! I’m so stressed out! I don’t have time to think! How can I get everything done that is expected of me? WAAAAAAH!”
What would happen if someone asked me how I was and I responded “Well, I’m doing pretty great. Nick and I are cooking and making dinner together four or five nights a week, we see our families and close friends at least once a month, I had time to go camping this summer, I ride my bike several hours every week, work is going pretty great.” I don’t tell people that. It seems like bragging. Tempting god. If I go around complaining all the time and encouraging others’ complaints maybe the vengeful great being won’t notice that I am one of the luckiest people on the planet and will let me go on living well and complaining loudly.
The problem with this strategy is that I am the one listening to my complaints and they have a way of solidifying into fact. Instead of saying, holy crap I got to walk along Hadrian’s wall this spring and eat the best meat pie in the history of time, I say, oh boo hoo I am not going on a fantasmagorical honeymoon odyssey this September (because I am out of vacation time). This is a dim way to think and results in lower cumulative happiness levels. If we want to be all American and faux-quantificatory about it.
Instead, let’s create time. Starting today.