Posts tagged Time
Did you Defeat all Six Specters of Life?
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear… And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”- Frank Herbert
I know that I haven’t defeated any of the Specters permanently, but I do think that I’ve scared a few of them off for a while. At the very least, I’ve become more familiar with them, and we tend to be less afraid of what we understand. I think that the most important thing I’ve More >
Pay Attention, Don’t Let Life Live you
In times of life crisis, whether wild fires or smoldering stress, the first thing I do is go back to basics… am I eating right, am I getting enough sleep, am I getting some physical and mental exercise everyday.”- Edward Albert
We all let life get away from us at times, and we end up neglecting certain responsibilities or interests. I can usually tell when I’ve started to let my attention slip and I start to lose control of the things that I should be exercising control over. One of the surest signs for me that I’ve stopped practicing the basics of my More >
Potholes on the Road to Financial Independence
Each is under the most sacred obligation not to squander the material committed to him, not to sap his strength in folly and vice, and to see at the least that he delivers a product worthy the labor and cost which have been expended on him.” -Anna Julia Cooper
I used to trade away my time for money without giving it a whole lot of thought, but luckily I have been on a steady path to fixing that problem for quite a while now. The following expenditures are just a few of the things that I think a person who values their money as representations More >
The Fear of Criticism
According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value.”- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Every time I sit down to write a new blog post I have this particular Specter lingering over my shoulder. I keep thinking that eventually I will get used to writing and I will not feel any anxiety before I hit “publish,” but that is just not the case. The Fear of Criticism is with us all day; whenever we decide to do More >
What Do You Do?
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” -Benjamin Franklin
How do you answer that question? Do you immediately launch into an excited tale about your incredible occupation? Or do you give a little sigh of resignation and respond with “I’m a ______,” or “I work at______?” I’d bet that the majority of people fall into the latter category, even people who enjoy their jobs for the most part. So, if we’re not all that excited by what we do for money, why do we allow it do identify us to such a degree?
I like to answer the question “what do you do?” with a witty More >
Physics…blah blah blah.
By allowing the positive ions to pass through an electric field and thus giving them a certain velocity, it is possible to distinguish them from the neutral, stationary atoms.” -Johannes Stark
I know what you’re thinking, “what the hell does this guy know about physics?” Well, to be 100% honest, probably not much, which is why I pointed out that it is “armchair physics,” and all within the reach of Google if one can just think of what questions to ask. In fact, when I originally thought of the idea for this post, I was going to just call it Speed v. Acceleration, More >
Death is Normal, Life is the Anomaly
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone’s who’s dead.” -Albert Einstein
Let’s take a look at this from a purely objective, time based perspective. According to the CDC, the average lifespan was 78.5 years, as of 2009. From what I saw, that was the latest data available, but I wouldn’t imagine that it has changed significantly in three years. So, lets say that on average, a human being spends 78.5 years living, what does that same human being do for the rest of the time? He was either not yet More >
A Little Back-story
Coffee- the favorite drink of the civilized world.” – Thomas Jefferson
This post was inspired by an event I had the other morning in the break room at work. The place I work has an abundance of various consultants who come and go, each with varying levels of responsibility, seniority, and sense of entitlement. All of these different people report to various entities, and sometimes show up with no recognizable superiors at all. When that happens, they are generally the type who have no responsibility, some seniority (depending on who you ask) and ridiculous levels of More >
If time be of all things the most precious, then wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” -Benjamin Franklin
Last week I made a post entitled “How Are You Using Your Time?” about a time use study done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that tracked how people spent their time. I mentioned in that post that I was somewhat appalled by some of the statistics, but I also pointed out the very sad fact that they were the average. That means that to do a significantly better or worse job than those people at managing your time you would have to be an outlier, meaning that you fall More >
Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence — neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish — it is an imponderably valuable gift.” -Maya Angelou
As you might have noticed, the concept of time is a pretty central part of this blog, so that being the case, it is only natural that we start delving into the interdisciplinary field of Time Use Research. I did a little snooping around and finally made my way over to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where I found an absolute ton of information on how people use their time. Some of it actually surprised me, in a good More >