The Truth About Time

Time is a perception we distort and we’re not even aware of it.

I started asking myself this when I would feel like there was so much to do and not enough hours in the day to get things done.

Here it is – time is a perception, it’s not real. The meaning of time is what you place on it.

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But here’s the reality.

If you believe that the only real moment in life is – right now as you’re reading this with 100% attention, you just might understand what I’m about to discuss.

First, let’s consider our “thoughts” and how we think. How many times have you swirled around in your head all the things you had to do in one day, in a week, a month?

Recently my husband had hip surgery and I worried about so many things: How would I take care of him, the dog, go shopping, and so on (all while sitting in a chair).

When the day came for the surgery I rolled up my sleeves expecting to have some kind of challenge, and I have to say – nothing scary or worrisome happened. It was, for the most part a “breeze” (and I say that lightly). This experience was …

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nothing like I thought it would be ….

Reality is NOTHING like what we imagine – nothing.

Here’s another example. I teach Childbirth Education to expectant couples at a local hospital. They are more worried and focused on how long and painful labor will be. They have an image in their minds that a labor contraction lasts hours. When in reality it only lasts about 2 minutes tops, as the longest and if that, they’re close to having their baby.

So I do an exercise of timing a contraction and having them move around, walk, etc. Then I have them guess how many seconds it was.

I am always amazed at the response .. “Wow, that was short … “.

The point is – we distort time…

So, this happens to us all the time. We give way more significance to out thinking than what reality is. Is this a kind of living conscious “dream” state?

T. Have Eker says “We need to do less thinking and more doing …”

Second, “doing” is tangible. It yields results.

So if you’re online building a business what actions are you taking to yield results?

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Now, one sure way that works to raise your awareness about this, thinking verses doing ..Β is using a timer. Yep. You will get more stuff done in reality, yielding results, than just thinking your way through the day and mot accomplishing much .

Toss these ideas around, then take some action.

Creatively yours,

Lesly Federici




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Lesly Federici is a Registered Nurse turned Community and Affiliate Marketer. She is the CEO of the Power Affiliate Club, and known as the "Artistic Affiliate". She enjoys helping people learn, create, and manage the blogging experience. She's also an Artist and Author. Lesly believes the best opportunities in life are those self generated. Be sure to reach out to Lesly as she would love to hear from you ...

23 Responses

  1. We all have plenty of time in our life to manage all the thing we want to manage but the proble is that we don’t know how to manage our time in a good manner. The one who can can master the skills of time managerment see a jump start to his/her productivity and gradually move towards the direction of success.

    As far as giving importance to things is considered. There should be limit about everything and we should know what matters and what doesn’t matter, what maters now and if there is something that can wait. The problem is not just with wasting time but it is also about how prioritize things in our life. There are times when we waste 20+ hours thinking about a test even when we know that we can use same 20+ ours to prepare ourself for the test.

  2. Hi Joan,
    Hey friend, great to see you visiting… yea, we can mess up things for ourselves by thinking to much.. if you slow down, you actually have more time! Always great to see you visiting, thanks …

  3. Hi Donna,
    Yea, putting a time frame on things doesn’t always work. Just do it, complete it – what ever that is .. and celebrate. You’re one step closer to where you want to go … always great to see you visiting… πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Lesly,

    Love this article.

    Time is something we’d be better to not think about… less thinking, more doing, right?

    People trying to create success in running an online business often get caught up in the time trap. They think success should come fast, or sooner than later, or somehow think they’re running out of time. Success, in reality, is success. Failure is failure. It’s all devoid of time, unless you’ve put the thought in your mind that it needs to happen in a certain amount of time. Less thinking, more doing. Do what you need to attain success, forget about the time frame for it.

    Fun reading.


  5. Hey Lesley,

    Really enjoyed your post! Yes, I would agree that we do distort time in that what we “think” it will be, is not what our reality actually “is”. I can totally relate to both of your examples, we tend to make it more of what it is and that is why we feel stress, and agitated because we have built up this type of “thinking” and once we realize we have done that we feel so foolish (well at least I do lol)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on “time” and how it is related to our daily life πŸ™‚

    Always a pleasure to come visit you my friend!

  6. Hey Chery,
    You use a timer too? Awesome!! It’s very helpful, right? Always great to see you visiting … thanks, love ya…

  7. Hello Lesly, Awesome post my friend! we all have the same amount of time, but it does all boil down to one thing!! How we use it!

    I do think I get a whole lot more done when i do set that timer.. Kind of like a push for me..

    Great Share
    Thank Girlfriend
    Chery :))

  8. Hi Naman…
    Great to see you again! Is your blog all set up? Thank you for the compliment … and thank you for visiting πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Sue ..
    LOVE what you said … “Two minutes for a contraction isn’t long but when you’re in the situation it’s like watching a kettle boil …. ” so true! But time is available to us and it’s how we perceive it … I use to worry a lot to.. and learned that what we imagine is never, usually, what is in reality. Thank you for visiting my friend πŸ™‚ we’re going to have a great year …

  10. Naman Kumar says:

    Happy to return here again. Nice new theme.

  11. Sue Bride says:

    I know I waste a lot of time online with reading and researching rather than doing. Time goes by without me noticing so a timer is an excellent idea.

    I used to be a real worrier but time has taught me that most things aren’t as bad as we can imagine them to be. If there’s a problem that concerns me I know that taking steps to solve it makes me feel much better.

    Two minutes for a contraction isn’t long but when you’re in the situation it’s like watching a kettle boil πŸ™‚

  12. Hi Kathryn,
    I’m right there with ya! 2016 is going to be awesome!!!!

  13. Hi Naman,
    Thank you for visiting and commenting! Happy New Year to you as well…

  14. Hi Joy,
    That’s because you’re in the “flow” doing what you enjoy. But if you use a timer and just focus on what needs to be done.. you’ll be surprised how much you get done minus the frustration … πŸ™‚ It works!

  15. Hi Sonal,
    Happy New Year to you as well … lots of success coming our way this year. Great to have you part of the PAC family! I’ll be writing more about time and action because it’s that important to experience success. Achieving what you want in life will never happen unless you take action …

  16. Hi Lesly,
    Time… what is that? We all have the same amount of it.
    What we do with it, constructively is more to the point.
    Sounds like most people, you worry about what if. I get in
    my head to much and have been called a worrier, and maybe
    that is true to some extent. I am trying to not do that anymore.
    I will be using a timer on Monday when it’s back to work time.
    Let’s focus and get things done, and use time wisely.

  17. Naman Kumar says:

    Really a good post. And its true that we should do more. Thanks for sharing the advice. Happy new year.

  18. Joy Healey says:

    Hi Lesly,

    Interesting thoughts about time.

    It’s funny how two hours spent doing something interesting and enjoyable passes so much faster than half an hour bored and frustrated, waiting for a “better time” to come along.

    Yes, it’s that DOING that makes the difference.

    Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year, Joy

  19. Sonal Talwar says:

    Hi Lesly

    You are so right that we give too much importance to what we think. Instead we should focus on reality.

    Think less and do more should be the attitude. We are just so lost in thinking all the time that we do not take any action. This is the way we distort our time.

    Thanks for this wonderful post!

    Happy New Year!

  20. Hi Erika,
    Yes.. more doing is needed.. doing gets you where to go … appreciate your visits.. thank you πŸ™‚

  21. Hi Mr. Ed..
    Wonderful to see you visiting … yes time is totally misused and distorted. Lots of stress could be reduced if people understood there’s nothing tangible about it .. πŸ™‚

  22. Hi Lesly,

    It’s always amazed me how most of us misuse the concept of time. Time isn’t real, it’s a tool.

    I liked your subtle humor in this post… ‘breeze’ indeed…

  23. Hi Lesly,
    You are right,we do sometimes too much thinking about
    things which may not even happen,we better would do a fast
    from hurry and worry,this would save time. If we take action
    and really do something we see need to do,we get a lot done in
    a relatively short time.
    This can be measured by a timer, I know you like your timer πŸ™‚
    Good post to make think
    Thank you

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