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There is No Such Thing as Time

Updated on April 10, 2009

Understand Time, before Managing Time

Note of caution: Please note comprehending a new concept takes time and sometimes repeated efforts. This will entail a bit of reading, some relaxing and a lot of reflecting.

It is said that Time started perhaps at the Big Bang. Or we can alternatively say that the Big Bang happened at Time zero. For our practical purposes we can understand Time as existing since Time immemorial and will continue to exist for ever.

Every body talks about and attempts to manage Time perhaps to get control over his life and gain success. So far mankind has not been profoundly successful with Time Management. This is because all time Management attempts are being made without first understanding "Time" itself.

According to the Book “No Such Thing as Time” by G. P. Tripathi the Time comes to us through a thinner than the thinnest slit in the form of the moment called “now”. No other time is available, no other time is manageable, period. What ever we can do has to be done in this Now, that’s it. NOW is the only Time.

Once we have such understanding & appreciation of Time, it becomes far more easier to manage Time.

Hence we can manage Time only by “Acting in Now” which takes us to the principle of AcNOW®

The Dilemma of Life

Life is given to us to be lived in present only. How many of us are fully aware of our present? Just take couple of youir moments off and think where are you now?, what are you doing?, what are you thinking? does it have relevance to your life> does it relate to your present? A little reflection on such piching questions will reveal that: how aloof we are from the reality of the present. While life is "now and here" we seem to be engaged with past or the future always.

Some how this switch connecting us to our present awareness seems to have been put off. This seems to be the major issue to be resolved by all thiose who wish to understand time or practice Time Management.

No Such Thing as Time

A good Understanding of Time is a must for better Time Management
A good Understanding of Time is a must for better Time Management

where to focus then?

It only the "present or NOW" that truly exists and we have access or control over. We should always be aware of or present the "here and now" of every thing we think, imagine or do. the past and future are mere distractions stealing our gainful present from us.

So if nothing other than NOW is accesible & available to us then why be bothered about any thing from the past or the future??

Time Management within your reach

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How to Remain Focused on your NOW ?

This can be learnt. This is what my mission is all about. I wish to work with all like minded people to slowly practice our way in to our "now". I have already designed a process which is depicted by AcNOW and the timeless clock dial depicted (on this page).

These are to act as your reminders to collect yourself from false engagement of past or future and slip into your now and work congruently towards your Gravitational Goals.

Only Time available is "NOW"

This realisation is so important for Time Management. Once you have fully appreciated that Now is the only Time in which you can act or do anything, then you will forget about all your yesterdays and tomorrows.

The focus on "Now" shall make your Life, action filled and drive away the laziness or procrastination automatically. This is some thing must be learnt systematically and permanently. Once you succeed in continuously remaining in your "now" you would become man of congruent action and since your "now" will be insulated from past or future, a blissfull life will be possible.

Planning thru Time Maps

One of the innovation in Time management here is about linear Time and two dimensional Time. While the sequence of actions or the to-do list can be written in linear order actual action takes place in two dimensional plane. those who just try to manage their time with linear to-do lists generally are not so effective as they fail to apply the optimistic combination of time and resource to the tasks undwertaken.

The fist co-ordinate of this Time map is the Time itself and the other is Energy or the capacity to act. when we invest our energy in time and produce congruent actions, the results happen.

The New Approach to Time Management

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      arthur 8 years ago

      time is most misunderstood

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      Dr G P Tripathi 8 years ago from India

      thanks arthur,

      understanding time is a pre-requisit

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      issues veritas 8 years ago

      Time is what makes the world go round, without it, everything stops.

      To utilize time is totally another subject, that of personal management.

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      To understand time, as you have expressed it, you have only to look to Zeno's Arrow to grasp the meaning of " now ".....

      Time, as expressed by Einstein, is relative....

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      Dr G P Tripathi 8 years ago from India

      thanks issues veritas

      You got it right, Time Management ultimately the personal management or what I have called as self management. The time itself is un-manageable, as I have said in my other related hubs.

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      Dr G P Tripathi 8 years ago from India

      thanks Maven101,

      that was great insight as I myself did not know about Zeno's Arrows. but just read some references on the net and came to know this wonderful philosophy and your deapth of knowledge as well.

      My views are from Time Management angle and that is why I have arrived at the concept of "now Mnagement". with this new approach we realise how wrong we have been in our previous attempts at managing Time without understanding it first.

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      shrikrishna 8 years ago

      good article ,

      i have also written some articles about time ,

      but i have not so much knowledge ,

      becoz i think that i am only just 18 years of age.

      thank you ,

      wish you to your success

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      shrikrishna 8 years ago

      good article ,

      i have also written some articles about time ,

      but i have not so much knowledge ,

      becoz i think that i am only just 18 years of age.

      thank you ,

      wish you to your success

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      Dr G P Tripathi 8 years ago from India

      Thank you Sri Krishna ji, if you are young then you need to be more responsible as you have lot more time to manage in your life than those who are elder to you. Earlier you begin learning the ropes better life you will lead.

      In fact 18 is the right age to adopt time Management. we shall keep in touch & I will let you know once my book is released

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      Jay Brewer 6 years ago

      Fasinating article, well done G.P Tripathi.

      The whole "Time is... the thinnest slit in the form of the moment called “now”. No other time is available, no other time is manageable, period." Really got me thinking, brilliant and true concept, though rather scary.

      I've just completed my degree but am still up at 3:45am, in a huge mess of a room without a job and while I know I have a simple plan to get out of this in the future, from reading this article I now realise that I cant just "leave everything until tomorrow" and am not ever in control of my future, just my present.

      I would really like to purchase your book, it would really help me, but I can not find it anywhere online.

      Well done again and thankyou for the article.

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      Hector 6 years ago

      you said the big bang theory is when time began, so you're saying nothing exist before our universe. i think that nothing comes from nothing, therefore nothing doesn't exist. "something" always had to be there. what that "something" is? who knows...

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      Truth 6 years ago

      That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. How can you believe that the past doesn't exist? Einstein's theory of relativity was proved 4 years ago by N.A.S.A in the Gravity Probe mission. If you go faster than time and achieve a certain speed, you will not age as everyone of earth does. This means that two different "times" exist. If you had a twin and achieved this speed, you would come back to Earth younger than your twin. Therefore, Earth is moving to the future while you remain in the past, creating a multiverse.

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      iMindMap 6 years ago

      If you read The Way of The Peaceful Warrior, the character called Socrates keeps asking Dan "What Time is it?" and every time he responds with "9.50" or Nearly "4.00pm" or something like that, he gets a slap across the back of the head.

      It is only when he answers "Now" that he really understands the concept of time. You are right, time does not exist and in fact it is a myth it can be managed at all (try stopping the next 10 seconds LOL).

      The paradigm in time management is that we should shift our focus to our focus.

      Thanks for a thought provoking hub

      Regards

      Michael

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      Tim Blackstone 6 years ago

      Some interesting ideas here. I'll bookmark it and return because this will take some time to fully understand I reckon. I love thought provoking hubs.

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      john 5 years ago

      There is no such thing as time,we make watches so we can all meet up in the same place....not the same time....

      Maybe we are living the past present and future all at the same time.

      Time will never end even if there are disasters,human beings might be extinct someday,but "time"or changes will always go on,time will never end because it never was.

      You have these kind of revelations after turning off your television for while.

      Time is a measurement,like a ruler-Time is not naturally occuring without a watch.We dont get older,we dont age...we change.....

      Time is a construct of the secret rulers,its a jail cell without bars to form ways of thought and mold your mind.Its a form of control.Time will never end,but the evil that controls the world,its "time"is short and will be changed or confined to a place of change where goodness will exhist in these changes and watches will stop.

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      MikeInDexter 5 years ago

      @john ... I agree totally with you and just wanted to add:

      There is no "thing" called "time".

      In the tradition of Gottfried Leibniz and Immanuel Kant, time is neither an event nor a thing, and thus is not itself measurable.

      Measuring intervals, which describes the action we humans do when looking at our watches, is a process and in English, processes are described as verbs, not as things (nouns). So why is the "time" concept treated differently?

      For example: I "timed" the runner's speed and she was faster than the rest of the field by 30 seconds.

      This is a correct description of measureing intervals.

      For example: I ran out of time and arrived late for the meeting.

      I think that this is an incorrect description of measuring intervals. Nothing was actually done except arriving later than the scheduled start of a meeting.

      Measuring intervals does not "run out".

      We confound ourselves with our own words

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      Will byrd 5 years ago

      Where can I buy this book?

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      Will byrd 5 years ago

      Where can I buy this book?

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      woody 3 years ago

      at best , time, as used, is a condition which permits cyclic action.

      time, as used, was introduced to improve the economy , by increase

      of productivity. even clocks , the main instrument in the redefinition

      of time , was popularly introduced -- such as in Shakespeare's play--

      MacBeth. Tht's why there is a Big Bend clock. Another method was

      by popularizing the glosses of physics by Newton. Another is the belief

      that people return to live multiple lives. If you believe you have lived

      10, 000 lives, then Newton's presentation of time as a discreet function , looks more like a continuous function.

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