Josh Hughes

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Thinking [Time] – Where does it go?

In Life on May 3, 2011 at 6:26 am

The Passage of Time

There are 24 hours in the day. Boring people watch the clock and count the hours as they pass slowly. Busy people look up at the clock and count the hours they wish they had in addition to the promised 24…

Being in the second group, I have never found enough hours exist in the day. To optimally function, I need 6.75 hours of sleep. Since buying a high quality mattress, for the first time in my life it is difficult to pull myself out of bed. Good Morning!!! That is 28% of my day gone.

Thankfully [and you will NEVER hear me complain about working] I managed to find a temp job providing me 40+ hours a week.

If i work roughly 45 hours a week, that leaves me 75.75 hours to do other things. Seem like a lot?

Blog posts to write [such as this one]. Attempt the first draft of a novel. Friends to dine with in San Francisco. Transportation time between places. Showers. Running [not even hitting the gym yet!]. Talking on the phone to family and friends dispersed in the USA & Skype / WhatsApp’ing friends around the world. THAT is where the time goes.

So. I am happy to say that I have my usual Tuesday blog post in. I am happy to say you can expect Thursday to appear as well, AND I am happy to tell you have a few different ideas for future posts that I think people will like. At least Mom will read and like it. [HI MOM!]

Before I close the post, I have one piece of advice & one question I’d like you to comment on below.

  • Advice: Before you give someone Hell about not giving you enough time, put it into perspective. Share. The qualities that make you value them as a person probably make them valuable to their work, family and other friends. I am very fortunate to have very understanding people in my life.
  • Question: I enjoy writing my blog, but I’d like to hear some feedback about what you do or don’t like about it. Comment below? I’ve been paid lots of compliments in person / via Facebook and it really means a lot. Since you made it to the end of this post, Thank you. Thank you x1000.

“Lost time is never found again. -Benjamin Franklin


Thinking [Time] – I’m late!!!

In Life on April 21, 2011 at 4:25 am

The White Rabbit at The Curious Labyrinth

“I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!” -The White Rabbit

I doubt that watching the Disney movie Alice In Wonderland countless times is the cause for my timeliness, but it serves as a good example.

If you are 5-15 minutes early, you’re on time. If you are on time, you are late. If you are late.. FAIL.

Prior to working internationally, being late made my mind twist.  If others were late, my pulse raced. This comes from the sense of time most Americans [in the more professional arenas] believe.  It is even more exact in Germany.  Latin countries are way more lax about time. It stands to reason that, working in Qatar, I had to sink or swim. Professional commitments help the mindset of “Inshallah”. The direct translation of this slang is “If Allah wills it.” I took a non-religious appreciation for this word.  Why? Be at work by 9am? If traffic permits. Meeting 3pm later today? The director just told me to cancel it at 2:15pm. Life happens.

Returning to the United States, I am so much more laid back.  I am still aware of timeliness, but when circumstances beyond my control [public transportation, weather, a common cold] do not permit me to be early [aka on time] then I accept it. I inform the other party and apologize for inconveniencing them, but what more can I do?

I’ve learned that MUNI can be as unpredictable as Qatari traffic. I plan accordingly..and might even purchase a bike..

Remember “Life Happens” the next time you or someone else is late… and it is also a good idea to always give yourself a time buffer for when Life does happen!