Time Is as Certain as Death and Taxes

Updated on May 16, 2017

Time Is Irreversible

Benjamin Franklin was quoted in his letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, "But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." I think this world famous inventor, scientist, polymath, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, has forgotten something that is more accurate and certain on earth...Time.

Just like death, you can never go back. Numerous movies have showcased the essence of time, going back and forth. Movies like Back To The Future in 1985 or Army of Darkness in 1993. These are just 2 of the movies that I have been addicted to when I was young --- when I was hopeful about Time being maneuvered somehow. But that was just a hope that was shattered as I grew older and realized that Time is exactly like death. There's not even an opportunity to regret and start over because what it is, is what it is and you can never reverse what was lost or what was wasted. It flies with a precise measurement. Anywhere in the world has 60 seconds in 1 minute, 24 hours in 1 day and 7 days in a week. Time is so certain and accurate that the sound of a clock's tick tock is something eerie to me. It is as if I am always running out of Time and it is my biggest and most unconquerable nemesis. In fact, just going against it is suicidal and undeniably stupid.

48 Hours In A Day

It isn't like I'd receive even a slap on the wrist if I continue with my illusion so though my sanity is exhaustively intact, my subliminal mind is still wondering about what would happen if one day actually consists of 48 hours.

I can imagine myself having 8 hours of sleep, 16 hours of work, 16 hours of time for my kids and my friends, and 8 hours of time for myself. 16 hours of work isn't an exaggeration and it isn't overrated as well. It is normally the hours that I spend for working in the office and at home. Yep, it is death-defying. It may sound funny that I am expressing it that way, but it's how it is. This is why Time in its essence is the most important thing. The world would be a better place if we all have ample time to do what we need to do and what we want to do. For 48 hours per day, I can even have more than 8 hours of sleep if I wanted to. I just keep on imagining how things would turn out if I won't be in consistent battle with Time. It is driving me up the wall when I hear the words "deadline" or "due date," at work, in my personal life and in my financial crisis.

Q1: Urgent and important Q2: Not urgent but important Q3: Urgent but not important Q4: Not urgent and not important
Q1: Urgent and important Q2: Not urgent but important Q3: Urgent but not important Q4: Not urgent and not important

Time Management

I can't believe that Time is what's keeping my mind preoccupied now a days when I actually went through a Time Management Training. Sure we were given scenarios, events or any happening that needs to be identified as shown on the quadrant picture but how you can bucket things from Q1 to Q4 isn't really the deal. It helps a lot that we could identify what's urgent, important or not important so that we can properly execute things efficiently and be productive, but then people have different priorities. While it is helpful to apply that training in real life, I think the most important way to manage time is not to manage it. Ironic? Yes, of course but based from my own experience it is more productive to just go with the flow and save yourself from the hassle of being caught between two stools. In the end, you may have put much effort in your decision but it doesn't change the fact that there are 60 seconds in one minute, 24 hours in one day and 7 days in a week.

There will be times when Time will be wasted but dwelling on it just adds up to something that cannot be undone. It would be like crying on a spilled milk. For as long as we all know that Time is precious, then we can just let sleeping dogs lie and live life freely.

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