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Have you noticed how, every year, time seems to go by faster? Days feel shorter and the end of the year is there sooner? Time seemed to move much more slowly when we were children, when we had all the time to enjoy our two months of summer, for instance. Nowadays, it feels like summer is passing by so fast that we barely have the time to even notice that it is there before the first leaves fall to the ground.  

Time is constant and linear, physics tells us: every minute is followed by another minute, of the exact same length. So why this feeling that time is shrinking? Is it our imaginations at play?  

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This feeling is actually grounded in solid reality and comes from two factors: age, and the culture we live in. If you stop and think about it, the truth is that we have a lot more things to do in particular in the area of chores, errands and responsibilities as adults than we did as children, or even young adults. When you were twenty, you probably were single, receiving a paycheck every two weeks, and your only responsibilities were to make sure that you had food in your stomach, a roof over your head, clothes and a few of the fun things in life. Today, you have a family and a house to take care of instead of just yourself and a small apartment; your present job, whether it's being a stay at home mom, a manager in Corporate America or having your own business, entails many more duties and responsibilities than the one you had at twenty; and you may even be caring for an elderly parent on top of everything else. No wonder that time seems to zip by!  

Add to this the fact that we work more hours than we have in at least two generations; that we have more entertainment options than ever and are expected to take advantage of them; and you have an explosive combination: too many things to do is too little time. There is nothing left over for the unstructured, goof-off time that made days go by at the leisurely pace you remember from childhood.

So what can you do about it? The solution is to recreate that unstructured, goof-off time in your present life. By clarifying your priorities so that you focus on what really matters, choosing to let go of everything else, free time magically appears and is available for you to do whatever the moment moves you to do... just like you did when you were a child.  

Yours in Daily Mastery,
Karin

PS: If you're having trouble achieving it, use the services of a time management coach. People hire me not so much to learn how to be more productive or to squeeze yet more things into a day, but to find out how to stop feeling so incredibly harried, overwhelmed and stressed out, and recapture some of that childhood leisurely feeling.



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