Thursday, February 02, 2006

Time and with it Confusion!!

People just don't seem to have the time for anything nowadays. They don't have time to spend with their family, friends, with their books, sleep nor work. One such case is an excuse of not finding enough time to BLOG. Wonder how? or rather why? Am amused that I don't even have time to answer that question.

The question remains - what do I do with my time? I have no idea. Maybe fulfill some of my needs - talking to people, trying to work and thereby earn some money and worse still, idle around. It's been kind of funny over the past month - tried to do many things in too short a time and ended up doing none. Or maybe I did, but not to my satisfaction!! Wonder why this question pops up time and again - Is time too short or is your need too insatiable??

I can already hear people reading this piece talk about managing your time well, how effectively would a planner work, books on managing time etc. Effectively what remains is whether you are spending your time in the way YOU want to or are you trying to fit in what people want YOU to do in the 24 hrs possible? Difficult question to answer - Needs and wants have to be satisfied through all the things people want YOU to do and We generally get under the false notion(or is it hope) that what they want US to do is what we actually want to do! Confusing - yeah, same here :-)

There are moments where time just seems to fly by and you have enjoyed every moment of it. I want those moments to repeat - maybe many times over, just because of the fact that I did what I wanted to do. There are other times where time drags on forever - reason, people want me to do it and I have no choice about it. People talk about doing what their heart tells them to do, and listen to noone - they say. 'You got to spend your time the way you want to all the time' is a common comment. Nice to hear, I say - but how many of us have the choice? Everyone has their own constraints, own beliefs and own ways of dealing with the world. Even to do what we want to do, we need to know what we want to do! How many of us really know what we actually want to do or what we are really capable of? I am not, I have certainly thought about it but could not arrive at any concrete answer. I am certainly not living the way I want to all the time - for the simple reason that my time moves like a sinusoidal wave, sometimes fleeting and sometimes dragging like a snail. I am confused (and am sure you are too :-) ). Any Answers??


pavani said...

A very good musing…Cudn’t agree more with u. But, I do pity people (& often myself too) when one complains of having little or no time as I strongly believe that there’s always time to everything but we perceive it to be lost as we tend to prioritize things and push some of the least interesting things or reluctant-to-do-things up into the attic!! Nevertheless we r all humans living on Earth (mind u not in black holes!) and so WILL loose or gain time (only in our perceptions of course)…

O yeah U mentioned about Planners and self help books on time management (which are the only kind of books that I absolutely hate reading as I believe that experience is the greatest teacher) are in my view just some trash printed on a white background…YES every one has a different way of spending it (be it in work or just recreation) and I guess its the only way to spend as that’s the only thing which ultimately satisfies us…and I think it’s the most appropriate thing to do too since we live only once through each and every moment and re-living may infact be improbable & even impossible…(& Yes I do agree that many constraints are being placed upon OUR time but hey that’s what we call to be “prioritization”- in a way doing things we don’t really want to but have to!!)

Associating with ur last para I spent far too much time thinking about what I’m capable of doing but as u’ve said I cudn’t reach a concrete answer too. But, as soon as I stop thinking about what I’m capable of & concentrate on just getting it done with not the best but good results, I always come out with more than what I’m capable of…Sounds Confusing And Contradicting…But, what to do – at last I’m the same one - an eternally confused of course.

Manasa said...

Quite a different blog from you monsieur.
I understand the dilemma, but a Confusion that has presented itself to this level seemed very very out of place.

Questions asked are tough and as we say, one should never ask a WHY... but then I hope you get your answers at some time..may be in bits n pieces.

All the best!