4 New Thoughts on Time

I would like to share with you my new perspective on "time" in the four years that I have been exposed to time records.

  • 1) Time is non-linear.

The nonlinearity of time is reflected in the nonlinear relationship between input time and output time brought about by different scenarios at the same time.

For example, if we take the bus at 7:00 a.m. and 7:15 a.m., there's only a 15-minute difference in the time we take the bus, but the bus stop starts to get crowded at 7:15 a.m., which causes us to wait for one more bus, or even block a few more traffic lights, and the end result is that when we get to the office, there's actually a half-hour difference instead of the 15 minutes we thought there would be.

So even if the same amount of time is input, it may lead to different output time results in different scenarios.

  • 2) Time is not equal for all

It is generally accepted that time is a weapon for the common man to reverse himself as all men are created equal.

But time here is only one dimensional; time in reality is often at least two dimensional.

For example, we all have 24 hours, but the "utilization" of time is different for each person.

Plus the "utilization rate" is the original only a horizontal coordinate of the time line, into a "efficiency (energy)" vertical coordinate of the time efficiency area map, assuming that A and B are 24 hours, the horizontal coordinate is fixed, but if A students, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the efficiency is very high, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. efficiency is very low; B students can ensure their own from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The efficiency is high.

In this way, according to the area, B students are clearly superior to A students.

Because of the different efficiencies in the use of time, the result is that each of us does not have equal time in the true sense of the word.

  • 3) Time can be purchased.

What was the phrase we heard the most as children?

"An inch of time is an inch of gold, and an inch of gold cannot buy an inch of time."

The elders may teach us that what is the use of having more money? Can't buy time either.

But actually, time can be bought, and it's not that hard to buy.

We have used the concept of "hourly wage" in many cases in the previous article, hourly wage represents the selling price of your time, your boss can buy your time to help the company create benefits, so why can't you buy other people's time to help you create benefits?

We also said "why don't you spend time looking for piracy" from an hourly rate perspective, because the time you spend looking for piracy, the time you might spend, converted to an hourly rate, could already buy the next book.

When you have the concept of "hourly rate" in your head, you should be able to see that as you gain experience, your hourly rate is bound to get higher and higher, and it's not worth it to spend time doing something you're not good at and don't like being inefficient at. Learn to "outsource", as long as other people do things for you, you pay less than you earn, then you will always be positive cash flow.

Let's say I write articles and like to create, but don't like typography, then I can outsource the typography to an editor and I just concentrate on creating.

  • 4) Time is a renewable resource

Everyone knows that time should be cherished, because life only comes once and time is not renewable.

But actually, when you look at it another way, time is also a renewable resource.

From a long-term perspective, it is inevitable that people are growing and aging, but in the short term, every day is new.

As students, for example, we would tell ourselves after a special day, like a new semester or a birthday, that I must study hard and "be a new person" from today on. Whether it sticks in the end or not, don't be afraid, look at your time in the short term, your every day is new and once you realize the preciousness of time, it's never too late to start changing.