Alive Time or Dead Time?

‘What’s bad for the hive is bad for the bee.’
Marcus Aurelius.

Never before in our modern age has the entire global community shared the same experience while connected by technology. Whether you live in Tehran, Oshkosh, or New York City your life has been inalterably changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Suffice it to say, the beehive is officially shaken.

As once busy little bees now suddenly sheltered in our homes the passage of the hours and days may become dead time. That is time wasted versus time invested in others, our careers, or ourselves.

Alive time vs dead time

Alive time vs dead time. One astute observer described it as a fork in the road between a life worth living versus a life full of regret. We often find ourselves at this crossroads when faced with boredom. Lacking interest in our present state leads to boredom, which we have learned to immediately soothe with distractions, most being digital. With millions having their social and professional interactions suddenly stripped away boredom can easily fill the vacuum.

The good news is that boredom presents us with unique opportunities that otherwise would have been missed in your typical overly-scheduled life. Perhaps it’s time to pause for reflection, meditate, or invest in yourself or others.

Considering that time is your only true possession consider the cost of letting it slip away.

The 5-Minute Check

The next time you feel bored try asking the following:

  1. Why am I bored at this moment?
  2. Is there anything I’m trying to avoid right now?
  3. Who is most valuable to me that’s nearby?
  4. How can I invest in that person?
  5. How can I invest in myself personally or professionally?

My best friend lives in the epicenter of coronavirus pandemic- better known as New York City. Facing months of a hard lock-down he made the choice not to give in to despair and boredom instead he chose to leverage his time to become an expert on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Today he is teaching and participating in several PPP online classes helping dozens of business owners survive the economic shock while increasing his strategic professional connections.

How can you turn dead time into alive time? Will you dust off the instrument you haven’t played in years? Work with your hands to create something beautiful or catch up on your professional reading? With time being your only true possession how will you invest it?

2 comments

The Cynic May 19, 2020 at 12:53 am

The crucial point in the article is that time is a commodity we all own. How we value its use and use it, is a strong statement about who we are.

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Shannon Hicks May 19, 2020 at 10:58 am

Well said.

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