How Has Your Time Been Different During the Pandemic?

Time is measured differently these days.

And whether you feel as if time has been standing still since the schools have closed to in person classes or you feel as if the day after day shifts at your essential job are flying by, part of the new reality is many people find themselves wondering not only what time it is, but what day it is as well. With the use of network time servers and synchronized clocks, of course, it may seem a little bit unusual that so many people are faltering, but many of us are struggling to find a way to navigate many of life’s new realities.

One of the things, of course, that is occupying the minds of so many these days is how to make the best use of the extra time that so many of us have. Without a schedule full of extra curricular activities that once filled our calendars, for instance, many parents now have uninterrupted stretches of time to themselves. And while some people are tackling one home improvement project after another, there are others who are working on becoming more fit and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. When you make the decision to look away from the synchronized clocks that so many used to depend upon, how are you choosing to invest in yourself?

From more time working on strength or cardio to counting protein or carbs, many people are looking for a way to limit themselves to the amount of time they spend on sleep or tv, fats or sugars. And whether refer to the new normal as creative socializing or isolation, there really are still so many choices. Many are appropriate depending on your situation, what you’ve been doing and what you are going to do next. So how do you choose?

Experts offer three specific guidelines that might be able to help you make the most of today’s new normal:

  • Step back and get the big picture. Long term perspective is necessary so you do not forget why you chose what you do.
  • With your newly gained perspective, you can step closer and narrow in to what you can do successfully right now. Make it almost too easy so that you will not psych yourself out and stop short of achieving your goals. Choose to start small, and practice over and over until that easy thing becomes innate. That is when you will know that it is time to move on to the next goal.
  • Keep your big goal close so that when you do not feel like doing your best, you can have that big goal as motivation. You have done hard things in the past, and you will do hard things again. Let this reminder also serve as a motivation.

Keeping Children on a Schedule Is Also Important
Without the overly active schedules and attention to the near need for synchronized clocks in the classroom and on the athletic field, children of any age may initially seem lost. And while there are definite advantages to allowing your children to explore and enjoy downtime, most parents also realize that there need to be some parameters as well. Monitoring screen time, of course, is one of the big challenges when most students left buildings that were scheduled around synchronized clock systems. Finding a way to navigate the new normal, however, is more than just monitoring kids and their time on their phones, laptops, gaming systems, and tablets. Using this time to teach your children how to manage their own time is likely one of the greatest gifts you can provide your children. From toddlers to teens, many children have not yet had enough practice with time management.

Time, of course, is relative, and history is full of examples of how other countries have tried to manage time. For instance, the Soviet Union tried, and failed, to enforce five and six-day weeks between the years of 1929 and 1931. After the French Revolution, as another example, French revolutionaries tried to institute a 10-hour clock. Today, however, no matter how unusual things are, we all have the same amount of time in a day and in a week. Humans have been keeping time for 5,000 to 6,000 years, how are you using yours?

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