It is very easy to get lost in the conceptual understanding of time and forget that all we are given at any point in time is just one moment. We are not given an hour, a week or a month to accomplish something. We are only given a moment. Once this understanding sinks in, it becomes extremely easy to understand how we waste most of our time.
Most of our time is wasted in thinking about either the future or the past. We are rarely in the present moment fully. Just think about this; is it possible to accomplish any task in the future or the past? Is it possible to go back and change what has happened or go into the future and accomplish something? If the answer is yes then the conceptual understanding of time is enough to manage it well.
If the answer is a no, then we have to re-look at the concept of time from an altogether fresh perspective. Whatever that we need to accomplish can be accomplished only this moment. The story that we tell ourselves to either accomplish or not accomplish something is all that matters.
Every moment we are confronted with a choice to do or not to do something. What we tell ourselves in this moment is what determines our actions. More often than not, we keep telling ourselves stories that keep moving us into the future. We keep postponing things by telling a story that is convenient and easy to accept.
Pay close attention to the language you use to talk to yourself. If your language is filled with stories of past and the future, then for sure you are a procrastinator. You will be finding it difficult to accomplish a task if you are a good story teller. It is very easy to convince yourself if you are a good story teller. You can convince yourself on why you should not be doing that all important thing right now.
When we shift from the conceptual understanding of time of past and future and pay close attention to the present moment, it becomes extremely easy to focus and accomplish any particular task. When we realize that all we have is this moment, then we will use that moment to do what matters the most.
The moment we start telling ourselves that we will accomplish something in the next one hour, or a week, or a day, we will be moving too far away from the present moment. It is very easy to keep drifting into the future. The ability to observe this story telling quality of ours and pulling ourselves back from the future to the present is the whole secret of managing time effectively and accomplishing anything we want.
Don’t listen to your mind when it is trying to give some justification for postponing an action. Be in the present moment all the time. This is where you can accomplish all that you want to accomplish. Remember, there is no past and there is no future. All you have is this moment.