Internal and External Thieves of Time

Every day is a new step for humanity in conquering the world … but what’s left for men to conquer?! … maybe just Time …”Time as a final frontier”. Time was suggestively defined by Saint Augustine: “if no one is asking me, I know what time is, but if I have to explain it to someone, I can’t do it”… and he is so right … don’t you agree?!

So … why do we have to defeat time?! This urgent need appears out of a daily stress which makes us less efficient, less relaxed and in control and more trapped in the vicious circle of Time … we constantly feel that we are running out of Time.

The modern people’s syndrome is definitely the lack of time. The running for money is overtaken by the running for time. From the very daybreak until the sun goes down the most heard phrases are “I need more time … I don’t have enough time”. Time seems to subdue us and to take over our own actions.

Reading so far, some ones could ask what’s new in my saying …?! … Probably nothing … probably everything. The idea is not to complain about it which only waste more from our time. We have to find in us the will to better organize our time, establishing real objectives for us. There’s a triad to follow and to respect in controlling the time: more motivated, more willing and more conscious!

To take action we need to identify the so called “thieves of time” including situations, activities and thoughts which are wasting our time in vain. Classified as internal and external, the most important “thieves” are the first ones because it seems they also generate the second ones.

Among the internal thieves of time are the next ones:

  • confused and not stable objectives;
  • lack of a daily schedule;
  • unfinished activities;
  • lack of self-established dead-lines;
  • lack of order;
  • confused and doubled responsibilities;
  • exaggerated attention for the details;
  • delaying in solving the conflicts;
  • resistance to change;
  • to many interests at once;
  • the incapacity to say “no”;
  • lack of information and insufficient communication;
  • indecision and hastily decisions;
  • tiredness;

As for the external thieves of time they can be:

  • unexpected or inefficient prolonged phone calls;
  • unproductive conversations on our colleagues problems;
  • “the obligation to be available”;
  • unexpected visitors;
  • unprepared work partners;
  • business launches and extended events;
  • frequent, prolonged and unprepared meetings;
  • family or personal problems;
  • activities involving the kids;
  • housekeeping, shopping, cooking;

I believe that one of the tricks is not just knowing, but trying to daily refresh in out mind the “thieves of time” so we can avoid giving in to them. Post a thieves of time list at your home or/and job desk so you’ll never “forget” it and do something to eliminate them! – Psychologist, Nicoleta Cramaruc