7 Apr 07

Apr 07 2007

The American Heritage Stedman’s Medical Dictionary definition of “addiction:”

ad·dic·tion

Habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one’s voluntary control.

Some are addicted to getting money, others addicted to getting love. Some are addicted to getting time.

I’ve been guilty of time addiction, and surely haven’t completely kicked it. Time addiction means wanting to use every second to its fullest, and feeling disappointed when you don’t. It means rushing and multitasking in all things. It means speeding through neighborhoods, eating a meal in five minutes without tasting it, and a frustrated sigh when Google doesn’t load in three seconds.

Why do we want more time? Not for its own sake; for what it gives us. The ability to do more. To finish more projects and collect more things. To have more experiences. But as we all know, the more you push the gas pedal, the more the scenery blurs.

Seems to me the solution is to want less. To push off a few projects; let them wait a week or two. They may grumble, but it’s good for both of you if you can give them more attention when you return to them.

Why not defer half your current projects? Just focus on a few? Give yourself some time.

Heh. By letting go of projects, you get more time. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

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