My Time During Covid-19

“Time is on my side, yes, it is” – The rolling stones

I am feeling a bit reflective on the concept of time lately. I have been evaluating my adaptation, or lack of it, to the lockdown era.  I, like my C4G colleagues and most of you who will come to read this short article would have spent most of the past 10 weeks remotely working from home (WFH).

I do not know about you, but myself and everybody I have asked, seem to have experienced this WFH phenomenon – much longer hours and that psychological confusion that makes separation of work and family so difficult. meanwhile I am not sure if I am necessarily ‘producing’ more.

On the whole, I enjoy the short distance between my bed and my home working desk – its free of traffic, road range, fuel costs and pollution.  But still I am baffled by the inordinate number of hours I have been spending at work and particularly on the various apps – Zoom, Teams, Zoho, the list is long.

As you can tell, my little bit today is all about time. We chase it, we keep it, we remember it, we lose track of it, we rush to catch it again, sometimes we have too much of it (quarantine), there never is enough, we run out of it, we watch it, on and on and on and on. All the time its TIME.

 I find it so bizarre that the hours of a clock control so much of our lives. Tea TIME, Lunch TIME, Family TIME, school TIME, meeting TIME why do we do it?. There are 24 hours in a day. Time, ultimately, is the single most important unit of measure to mankind. We measure life in time, distances are measured in time, we transact in business largely based on time…however we still make misnomer statements like “I will make time” or “You wasted my time”

So, before I run out of TIME, here are my three short thoughts on the matter;

1.  Time is relative, and flexible and, according to Einstein, “the dividing line between past, present, and future is an illusion”. So, reality is ultimately TIMELESS.

2.  Multi-tasking – a myth. Impossible to do, can’t be done. No such thing. This is just me.

3.  Procrastination is often described as a form of self-loathing – I will say that again, procrastination is a form of self-loathing. I am afflicted.

So, take your TIME to read this article – or don’t because no matter which way you spin the clock – clockwise or anti, TIME, it’s there. Make the most of it. Savour the moment every moment.

One of the positives of the underbelly of Covid 19 is that it has caused us to pause a while and appreciate the value of time, time alone and time with loved ones.

Indeed, “Time is on your side, yes it is”, make it count

What are your perspectives on time?

Stay safe in Covid-19 times!

Sifiso Ndwandwe

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