Are the number of hours in a day decreasing?

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

Technically yes, we do have 24 hours in a day just like all the above did. But what hasn’t been taken into consideration, however, is how much the world has changed since then.

In addition to the fact that life itself is more demanding; things are more expensive therefore people need to work harder and longer hours to be able to afford a comfortable lifestyle, we live in a time where everything needs to be done as quickly as possible. Speed is imperative. Quality, often, less so.

“I wake with good intentions, but the day it always lasts too long.”

Every day I wake with good intentions, but as the day progresses I find it harder and harder to achieve what I had set myself up to do.

Long to do lists are left half unfinished. But the half finished overrides it and I pat myself on the back for achieving even that. Just like the glass half full / half empty. You are cutting yourself short.

Why does it feel like time goes so, so fast. Like an hourglass you can’t capture the seconds and minutes as they tick through. My opinion? We have more distractions.

How long do you spend on facebook? Or Twitter? Or aimlessly browsing from one page to another. How long do you spend flicking through TV channels, or wandering aimlessly. Looking at things you don’t care about and never will.

In addition to the wasted hours how long do you spend getting to and from work or school or university every day. How long do you spend queuing at banks and at grocery stores? The surplus of fast foods and ready made, easy to pop in the microwave meals are just further proof of how rushed we as human beings are these days.

Thats not to say that every second of our day should be 100% productive, we do need time to chill after all [All the more reason to do things such as Floatopia.]. But one of my new years resolutions is to work more effectively and efficiently. To try to the best of my abilities to focus on one thing at a time and award it the attention it deserves.

After all, you can scroll down that timeline.. It isn’t going anywhere.


One thought on “Are the number of hours in a day decreasing?

  1. This too-little-time syndrome is also a function of the assault of the frivolous on our daily lives.

    As you say, speed is preferred over quality, show over substance. More people tend to spend wasteful amounts of time hanging around in office, supposedly adding to productivity…but the people down-time cumulates rapidly.

    Add to that demands of daily bureaucracy, FB/Twitter and the like, and we quickly have very little time left in a day!

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