Organizational Aerodynamics – Chapter Ten – Organizational Time

Organizational Aerodynamics

(Copyright 2000, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

Chapter Ten – Organizational Time 

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Welcome back to Organizational Aerodynamics (OA), everyone!  If you’re new to our class or have missed a few lessons along the way, don’t worry – there are no quizzes, homework assignments, case studies, term papers, multiple choice questions, essay questions, midterm or final exams required in this course.  You’re welcome to sit in and audit OA from time to time or formally enroll by following this blog, either way works just fine for me.  What matters, is what works for you – because this is a course designed specifically for you, your family, your organization and/or your business.

The goal of our course is for you to see your world from totally new perspectives, in order to visualize unique solutions to the many opportunities and challenges you face in life.  The focus here in OA is totally and directly on you, your life, your situation, your hopes, your dreams and your desired outcomes.  There are no dumb questions, wrong answers, perfect solutions, pass or fail criteria, grading curves or financial cost to you.  All you have to do is ask yourself: “What do I want to do with my life?”  “What are my desired outcomes?”  “If I could do anything at all, what would it be and what would my life look like doing it?”

Many things come to mind when we think about time.  We often think of time as a physical entity that we can take hold of and control: I need a minute.  Give me more time.  Do you have a second?  What time is it? Just a minute.  I’ve got ten minutes left.  Yet, at other times, the concept of time is a nebulous and foggy look back into the past.  The further we go back in time the harder it is for us to relate to it.  The distant past is as hard to relate to, as is the concept of measuring the universe in light years.  It’s difficult for our minds to relate to millions of years ago or to thousands of light years as units of measure, yet we easily understand ten minutes, three days, one kilometer or one mile as units of measurement – because they closely relate to our everyday experiences.

1.  We often think of time as a physical entity that we can take hold of and control…

2.  Yet, at other times, the concept of time is a nebulous and foggy look back into the past…

3.  We easily understand ten minutes, three days, one kilometer or one mile as units of measurement – because they closely relate to our everyday experiences…

Yet, nothing perplexes us as much as thinking about the future.  At least we have a unit of measurement and a timeline to use when referencing past events.  However, the future has no such timeline to reference. Future dates are simply a blur – numbers in the distance floating in space.  We have no frame of reference or relevance with which to define future years by, and as such, we oftentimes simply avoid thinking about the future.  What will you be doing in the year 2027?  What will the world look like in 3716?  How long will we live? What’s my life going to be like in 5, 15 or 40 years?  It sometimes scares us to look into the future, because we have no idea what we’ll see – and of all the possible scenarios and outcomes – some aren’t very inviting.  It’s much easier for us to stick our heads in the sand and not think about the future at all.

4.  Yet, nothing perplexes us as much as thinking about the future…

5.  We have no frame of reference or relevance with which to define future years by, and as such, we oftentimes simply avoid thinking about the future…

6.  It sometimes scares us to look into the future, because we have no idea what we’ll see…

What if we could look at time differently – neither as a timeline of the past or the uncertainty of the future?  We can, actually – it all depends on our perspective and the way we view time.  Time is essentially a unit of measurement between moments.  For example, we can measure the distance between two moments in seconds, hours, days, months or years.  In this way, time is essentially a vehicle of transportation, taking us from one moment to another – nothing more and nothing less.  Yet, within this mode of transportation called time, nothing dramatic changes along the way – the ride is smooth and transparent to us.  It’s not like looking outside the window of a car and watching the scenery race by at 60 miles an hour.  Time transports us to the next moment as if nothing at all is happening.

7.  What if we could look at time differently – neither as a timeline of the past or the uncertainty of the future?

8.  Time is essentially a unit of measurement between moments…

9.  Time is essentially a vehicle of transportation, taking us from one moment to another – nothing more and nothing less…

10.  Yet, within this mode of transportation called time, nothing dramatic changes along the way – the ride is smooth and transparent to us…

11.  Time transports us to the next moment as if nothing at all is happening…

We can compare this travel between moments to physical examples in our world, where we travel from Point A to Point B, yet nothing seems to change in the process.  A ski lift or gondola takes skiers from the bottom of a mountain to the top, however, to the skier on the lift or gondola nothing changes in their immediate vicinity.  One moment they’re at the bottom of the mountain and the next moment they’re at the top.  An elevator makes an even better example, taking us from the ground floor to the 56th floor, with seemingly no changes to our environment within the elevator along the way.  Where the skier can see a gradual change in scenery traveling up the mountain, a person riding in an elevator only feels the sensation and sounds of movement until the doors open at the destination.

Another example is a surfer riding the curl of a wave towards the beach. The wave transports the surfer within its curl for a given distance and time, yet nothing appears to change for the surfer within the curl at the leading edge of the wave.  You could also imagine a hot air balloon drifting effortlessly across the sky from Point A to Point B. The hot air balloon travels slowly with the wind so everything remains calm and peaceful within the gondola, with little or no perception of movement – even when looking down at the ground.

From these examples, we recognize two main points – that we travel for a certain amount of time over a measurable distance.  We also notice little or no change during the process of traveling.  The only really noticeable change is that the destination looks different from the point where we started.  In our world, time takes us in a distinctly linear direction, from one point to another in a straight line without deviation – i.e. from 1940 to 2014, or from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.  Time is two-dimensional travel in a one-way direction – into the future from our present position.  Three-dimensional time-travel simply involves detaching the present moment from this linear one-way direction and changing the tangent, but that’s a topic for another lesson.

12.  In our world, time takes us in a distinctly linear direction, from one point to another in a straight line without deviation – i.e. from 1940 to 2014, or from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m…

13.  Time is two-dimensional travel in a one-way direction – into the future from our present position…

14.  Three-dimensional time-travel simply involves detaching the present moment from this linear one-way direction and changing the tangent, but that’s a topic for another lesson…

Why are time and distance important to us in this discussion of organizational time?  How can we apply these examples to our lives, families and businesses?  How can we use time and distance to realize our hopes and dreams?  Time and distance are important to us, because they define the essence of the course of our lives – from birth to death. Every moment of every day we travel in time and distance, both literally and philosophically speaking.  Our journey through life takes place so gradually, that this action of travel from one point to another is almost transparent to us while underway. Only when we take stock of the milestones along the way, so to speak – like birthdays and anniversaries – do we recognize that any change has occurred.  The reason for this is that time isn’t anything other than a singular moment, that travels with us over the course of our lives – like living in a clear bubble.  We go through life in this singular bubble that travels with us wherever we go, and our reference to time is only a recognition of milestones along the way – nothing more and nothing less than that.

15.  Why are time and distance important to us in this discussion of organizational time?

16.  Time and distance are important to us, because they define the essence of the course of our lives – from birth to death…

17.  Our journey through life takes place so gradually, that this action of travel from one point to another is almost transparent to us while underway…

18.  The reason for this is that time isn’t anything other than a singular moment, that travels with us over the course of our lives – like living in a clear bubble…

19.  Our reference to time is only a recognition of milestones along the way – nothing more and nothing less than that…

Time isn’t about the past or the future.  Time isn’t ‘given’ or ‘spent’ or ‘saved’ or ‘wasted’ – because Time IS.  Time is neither positive or negative, wasteful or productive, lost or saved.  Time isn’t money. Time is simply a moment of opportunity – an opportunity that we have available to us to transport us from where we are now to our hopes and dreams, goals and desires.  Time is a vehicle to take us from where we are now, to where we want to be.  Time is completely neutral and passive to our lives – like the ski lift, elevator, wave and hot air balloon.  Time is neither good or bad, happy or sad.  When we begin thinking about time as a vehicle, we begin to see that time is taking us where we choose it to take us – nothing more and nothing less.

20.  Time isn’t about the past or the future.  Time isn’t ‘given’ or ‘spent’ or ‘saved’ or ‘wasted’ – because Time IS.  Time is neither positive or negative, wasteful or productive, lost or saved.  Time isn’t money…

21.  Time is simply a moment of opportunity – an opportunity that we have available to us to transport us from where we are now to our hopes and dreams, goals and desires…

22.  Time is a vehicle to take us from where we are now, to where we want to be…

23.  When we begin thinking about time as a vehicle, we begin to see that time is taking us where we choose it to take us – nothing more and nothing less…

If time is nothing more than a singular present moment that transports us from Point A to Point B, how do we steer it to the destination we seek?  In other words, how do we know what direction this moment is taking us?  Do we simply ask it to take us to someplace in particular?  Do we simply set the autopilot and go along for the ride?  Does someone else hand us the ticket with the destination written on it?  Can we steer this present moment as if steering a car down a highway?

24.  If time is nothing more than a singular present moment that transports us from Point A to Point B, how do we steer it to the destination we seek?

25.  In other words, how do we know what direction this moment is taking us?

A famous saying tells us to, “live in the moment” – because the only thing you can control is this present moment in the here and now. We can’t change the past and we can’t direct the future – all we can do is affect the present moment.  We do this by the decisions we make within the present moment over the course of our entire lives.  What you do in this and every moment is what steers your life towards a particular destination.  If you don’t know where you’d like to take your life, the odds are pretty good that you won’t get there – and if you do arrive in a desirable place – it will certainly be by accident.  If we let others dictate to us the decisions we make in the moments of our lives, we will no doubtedly arrive at the destination of their choosing.  To arrive at the destination of our choosing, we simply make the decisions during each and every moment that will steer our lives to where we want to go.

26.  We can’t change the past and we can’t direct the future – all we can do is affect the present moment…

27.  What you do in this and every moment is what steers your life towards a particular destination…

28.  If we let others dictate to us the decisions we make in the moments of our lives, we will no doubtedly arrive at the destination of their choosing…

29.  To arrive at the destination of our choosing, we simply make the decisions during each and every moment that will steer our lives to where we want to go…

For example, if we want to be a writer we need to write in our moments. If we write one page a day, in a year we will have written 365 pages – enough for our first novel.  Over the course of ten years we would be able to write ten novels.  However, if we use our moments to sit on the couch and simply fantasize about writing, in ten years we’ll be no closer to our goal than when we started.  The same concept applies to education, foreign languages, art, music, raising a family, saving money, physical fitness, losing weight, switching careers, traveling the world – anything.  Whatever your goal, visualize using this very moment in time to transport you in the direction of achieving your goal – from Point A to Point B.  It’s all about the productivity of the moment – what you do within the moments of your life is what transports you towards your goal.

30.  It’s all about the productivity of the moment – what you do within the moments of your life is what transports you towards your goal…

I have often visualized my life as a surfer riding the leading edge of the wave of my imagination towards my dreams.  By riding the leading edge of your imagination, you are simply living in the moment and steering it towards your heart’s desires.  It is what we do in this moment and every following moment that will take us to our future, whether we’re directing it or not.  For this very moment is all that we have and all that we will ever have.  When you focus on the productivity of the moment in preparing yourself for the journey towards your goal or dream, you steer your life, family, organization and/or business in that direction.  Success is seldom arrived at by accident, you have to decide where you want to go and then focus your moments on the work of taking yourself there – from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow!

31.  I have often visualized my life as a surfer riding the leading edge of the wave of my imagination towards my dreams…

  32.  By riding the leading edge of your imagination, you are simply living in the moment and steering it towards your heart’s desires…

33.  It is what we do in this moment and every following moment that will take us to our future, whether we’re directing it or not…

34.  For this very moment is all that we have and all that we will ever have…

35.  When you focus on the productivity of the moment in preparing yourself for the journey towards your goal or dream, you steer your life, family, organization and/or business in that direction…

36.  Success is seldom arrived at by accident, you have to decide where you want to go and then focus your moments on the work of taking yourself there – from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow!

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Organizational Time

1.  We often think of time as a physical entity that we can take hold of and control…

2.  Yet, at other times, the concept of time is a nebulous and foggy look back into the past…

3.  We easily understand ten minutes, three days, one kilometer or one mile as units of measurement – because they closely relate to our everyday experiences…

4.  Yet, nothing perplexes us as much as thinking about the future…

5.  We have no frame of reference or relevance with which to define future years by, and as such, we oftentimes simply avoid thinking about the future…

6.  It sometimes scares us to look into the future, because we have no idea what we’ll see…

7.  What if we could look at time differently – neither as a timeline of the past or the uncertainty of the future?

8.  Time is essentially a unit of measurement between moments…

9.  Time is essentially a vehicle of transportation, taking us from one moment to another – nothing more and nothing less…

10.  Yet, within this mode of transportation called time, nothing dramatic changes along the way – the ride is smooth and transparent to us…

11.  Time transports us to the next moment as if nothing at all is happening…

12.  In our world, time takes us in a distinctly linear direction, from one point to another in a straight line without deviation – i.e. from 1940 to 2014, or from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m…

13.  Time is two-dimensional travel in a one-way direction – into the future from our present position…

14.  Three-dimensional time-travel simply involves detaching the present moment from this linear one-way direction and changing the tangent, but that’s a topic for another lesson…

15.  Why are time and distance important to us in this discussion of organizational time?

16.  Time and distance are important to us, because they define the essence of the course of our lives – from birth to death…

17.  Our journey through life takes place so gradually, that this action of travel from one point to another is almost transparent to us while underway…

18.  The reason for this is that time isn’t anything other than a singular moment, that travels with us over the course of our lives – like living in a clear bubble…

19.  Our reference to time is only a recognition of milestones along the way – nothing more and nothing less than that…

20.  Time isn’t about the past or the future.  Time isn’t ‘given’ or ‘spent’ or ‘saved’ or ‘wasted’ – because Time IS.  Time is neither positive or negative, wasteful or productive, lost or saved.  Time isn’t money…

21.  Time is simply a moment of opportunity – an opportunity that we have available to us to transport us from where we are now to our hopes and dreams, goals and desires…

22.  Time is a vehicle to take us from where we are now, to where we want to be…

23.  When we begin thinking about time as a vehicle, we begin to see that time is taking us where we choose it to take us – nothing more and nothing less…

24.  If time is nothing more than a singular present moment that transports us from Point A to Point B, how do we steer it to the destination we seek?

25.  In other words, how do we know what direction this moment is taking us?

26.  We can’t change the past and we can’t direct the future – all we can do is affect the present moment…

27.  What you do in this and every moment is what steers your life towards a particular destination…

28.  If we let others dictate to us the decisions we make in the moments of our lives, we will no doubtedly arrive at the destination of their choosing…

29.  To arrive at the destination of our choosing, we simply make the decisions during each and every moment that will steer our lives to where we want to go…

30.  It’s all about the productivity of the moment – what you do within the moments of your life is what transports you towards your goal…

31.  I have often visualized my life as a surfer riding the leading edge of the wave of my imagination towards my dreams…

  32.  By riding the leading edge of your imagination, you are simply living in the moment and steering it towards your heart’s desires…

33.  It is what we do in this moment and every following moment that will take us to our future, whether we’re directing it or not…

34.  For this very moment is all that we have and all that we will ever have…

35.  When you focus on the productivity of the moment in preparing yourself for the journey towards your goal or dream, you steer your life, family, organization and/or business in that direction…

36.  Success is seldom arrived at by accident, you have to decide where you want to go and then focus your moments on the work of taking yourself there – from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow!

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