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Forget everything you have learned about time management. Here’s a new approach that will free you from all your time constraints once and for all.
Most people think too much. Then they compound that problem by studying the feelings that come up for them as a result of that thinking. All this time that they spend thinking and feeling they could have been taking action. In a non-linear way. Non-linear time management is a commitment to action in the present moment. It’s looking at a task and choosing NOW or “not now.” If it’s not now, it’s got to be NEVER, or placed in a time capsule that has a spot on the calendar and therefore out of the mind. The mind must remain clear and empty of all future considerations.
The old-fashioned time management programs had a huge, burdensome focus on the future. The line of tasks stretched out forever into the future. It was fear-based and it was overwhelming to have so much of a future to carry around with you.
It resulted in massive, pathological procrastination. Everything got put off in the name of perfectionism. Nothing was bold or reckless anymore. Therefore there wasn’t much astonishing success happening for the world-weary practitioner.
But when I teach people to go non-linear, a strange thing happens. New life and energy come in.
In non-linear time management there is no line extending from my mind into the future. No tapeworm of unfinished business coming out of my body.
Linear time starts with your birth and ends [at the end of the line] with your death. Along that long linear line it’s just one damn thing after another. Then the lights go out. What was the point?
P.S. To maintain sanctity of the source, this article follows American English.
Excerpted with permission from Time Warrior by Steve Chandler, published by Maurice Bassett; Price: US $10.22
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