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Thoughts on time and application in challenging times

I’ve had time to do some things.

This note started life as an idea to write about something I’ve managed to do (and enjoy doing) by having the time to expand and apply some skills in creating another slideshow of my photographs.

This note has expanded, with time.

There is a feeling of contentment when you have time to do something that exercises your creativity. This is especially the case when it is something that you might not have progressed when being stifled by other time pressures, priorities or even lack of inclination.

Spending time doing stuff that had previously found its way to “the back burner” or devalued to the “when I get round to it” category by other preferable or necessary things on the to-do list, has arguably been a positive consequence of the current conditions imposed on us by the Covid 19 pandemic.

As someone who frankly enjoys, and let’s be honest can even prefer, creatively occupying my time as a “Sole Trader” in a study with a desk, computer and competent software ( coupled with more time to think, learn, practice and apply refreshed awareness), I have found positive outcomes from negative circumstances. I imagine I am not alone in this realisation, but I accept that this is obviously not everyone’s experience. (I’m aware that the lack of physical interaction can have the opposite effect on people’s mood, creativity or productivity because for those people it is an essential component in how they feel and how they can get things done.)

Time is a key component in how effective and certainly how efficient you can be in achieving life’s yardsticks such as satisfaction, fulfilment, success, profitability, security and happiness. This is pertinent whatever the scale of the matter in hand; whether it is competing a jigsaw puzzle or finding the cure for a worldwide viral pandemic.

Having more time, or more precisely making better use of the time we have, is a concept that has exercised great minds for millennia. My ramblings are a consequence of apparently “having more time” to think (and ironically to write this) while moving through a self-perpetuating to do list, and then musing on the concept of reprioritising tasks when organised events are eliminated and plans are changed.

A serious bit on being sensible and being thankful for those we rely on

March and April 2020 are months that will be etched in people’s minds. Lives have been changed by the advent of a virus which has had dramatic and far reaching consequences throughout the world. This ongoing pandemic has resulted in impacts that are on a scale comparable to World Wars. Too many lives have been lost and for too many families the affects have been catastrophic. The social, natural and economic frameworks of life will not be the same, but the human race will adapt, recover and learn from the experience. There will ultimately be “a new normal”.

Time is a precious thing and for us humans a finite commodity. Making use of that time is up to us although there are many factors that might restrict or even prevent the luxury of choice. Decisions we make influence how we occupy our time. This could range from unrestricted, uncomplicated freedom to do little or nothing on the one hand, to external demands that constrain and dictate necessary or inescapable actions on the other.

Fundamentally the Covid 19 virus has meant that for most (if not all) people, the luxury of choice of time filling activities has been reduced, and for some (too many) people that choice has been eroded altogether.

However, a freedom of choice as to what you do and how “busy” you are might have changed but it does persist for the majority of people. The decision to self-isolate and “pull up the drawbridge” remains as does the intention to altruistically increase what you do for others. Both of these actions can have benefits to our communities when they are in accordance with the guidance we should follow.

Thankfully it is also the case that for a significant number of people the virus has not had irrevocable or seriously damaging outcomes, and indeed many have endured little or no hardship or undue distress, thanks in no small part to something and some people we all rely on. The something is “common sense, and the some people are those whose expertise, advice, diligence, and altruistic hard work we should not take for granted, but often do.

These imposed and troubling circumstances remind us that good sense can often prevail although it can take the intervention of others to make it common sense. The aptitude to stop, think and act responsibly can be instilled by others but for that to be effective it requires trust in those providing the insight and recommendations. Following your own instincts sometimes needs guidance from those with knowledge and experience.

So positive outcomes can result from common sense and its part of common sense to augment your own intelligence with that of others who have access to the right information and, chances are, know more than you do in an uncertain world.

What am I on about?

People’s lives and the time to enjoy life have, at best, been affected by the onset of a virus, and at worst been cut short by it. Times like these ironically provide more time and increased inclination for those least affected to think about how best to utilise the time we have, to provide support to those people who would benefit from it, to be thankful for those people who have proved to be indispensable and to take cognisance of those best placed to find solutions.

Please feel free to add comments below as I would be interested to hear your views.

As far as the slideshow I was working on is concerned, this was a new intro. show using Photopia which I have stitched onto my show of our visit to Melbourne NGV in February 2020. I hope you like it and again any comments would be welcomed.

 

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