Managing the Mindset of Time

The single most common thought that consumes most of us (even before the global pandemic) has always been time! I mean, when was there time to read that book? Or brush up on a hobby? Or consider pursuing that idea for a side business? Or riding that bike with the kids? Or going for that MBA? Or start the closet spring-cleaning? Or sticking to a gym routine?

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Of course, I’m guilty too…

Time was always a key element in going after our passion. Between the internet, apps and books, there is a wealth of tools that teach, support and guide us to “maximize” or “create” time. But since we look at time in the traditional linear sense, “managing” it has always been a challenge.

There has to be a healthy time management mindset that can restore our relationship with Time. I stumbled on the concept of the 2 types of Time, created by the Canadian author, Danielle LaPorte, and would love to share it with you:

As long as we look at time in the traditional linear sense, “managing” it has will always be a challenge.

Danielle believes that there are 2 types of time: Tyrant Time and Power Time.

Tyrant time is quantity driven that uses high management systems to execute quantity of work output while Power Time is quality focused that uses time systems to create space and freedom which then allows you to make meaningful substantial things.

Tyrant Time is competitive. It compares productivity with others or against a clock. On the other hand, Power Time is self-referencing. What matters is what you are doing and it is of value.

Tyrant Time is in charge. Free time is something you earn. Time is dispensed to you. However, Power Time is time that you are in charge of. Things need to earn your time and attention. You are the dispenser of time.

Tyrant Time is logical, measured only by the clock. Power Time is magical. Time can be expanded and contracted by energy. With pure intention, you can accomplish a day’s work in an hour, you can get an hour’s rest in minutes and you can make big things happen very quickly.


Author: Rana AlBasri Mouawad

I question a lot! My aim is to challenge the old mindset and open doors to creativity in life, at work and in business. We all Make Waves and I am here to help build your brand.

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