#Quote Of The Day | #Time

“You can do so much in 10 minutes time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life in 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as
possible in meaningless activity.”
– Ingvar Kamprad, Founder Of Ikea

How TV Robs You Of Life & Valuable Time | #Life | #Mindset

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
—Martha Graham

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Zy Marquiez
April 16, 2019

Individuals go on through their lives following their daily endeavors in many different fashions.  People from all walks of life take a variety of paths which follows what they see as best choice in their life.  The one commonality that we each have individually is that we are blessed to have ample amount of time.

Time is quite an interesting concept.  As a thought-form, time brings about a kaleidoscope of different ideas.  Time is often correlated with work, appointments, deadlines, key dates, precious moments, and many other instances.  Because of this, time is valued to some extent by everyone, even if we don’t inherently ruminate upon this regularly.

Curiously though, because we are lucky enough as individuals to have a lot of time, we often have blatant disregard for it – myself included – in one sense or another.  Everyone usually takes time for granted because most people live long lives, but that still doesn’t mean time should be wasted.

Speaking of time waste, the average person watches 5 hours of TV per day with some watching even more than that.  At 5 hours per day, that amounts to 1,825 hours per year. That is 18250 hours per decade, and 91,250 hours per 50 years. That’s a lot of time! Over the course of 50 years, the total amount of time spent watching TV daily amounts to 3802 consecutive 24-hour days over that span.  Or “just” 5 hours a day, for 50 years.

For the sake of simplicity, let us assume most of us happen to get 8 hours a day sleeping. In an entire 168 hour work-week where the average person spends 56 hours a week sleeping, and 40 hours a week working, that leaves one with 72 hours free. If one were to spend 35 hours a week viewing television, then that would leave 37 hours of free time. That’s nearly half of all of one’s available time spent watching television. That seems ludicrous, does it not?  That doesn’t even begin to cover other activities individuals may carry out.

The point of bringing this is up is that, even though many people tend to think they “don’t have any time” to do constructive things [i.e. take better care of their health], my rebuttal to that is that in fact most [if not all] individuals do.  Even the busiest people on earth can learn to rearrange their schedules to be more efficient, especially if time is being used watching TV or meandering about aimlessly online.

Everyone will have different reasons for how they individually spend their time, and how much time they spend doing what they do, and that’s really their own business.  This post isn’t about judging people, but about self-analysis and ruminating upon the possibility of addressing misconception of individuals not having enough time, which seems to be an illusion to certain extent.

Ponder this: what would you do if you only had one month left to live?  Think about it seriously.

The fact this post is being read by you shows that by that very fact you have lived many years, and yet not all species have that opportunity, or are that lucky.  Some animals, in fact, do not live long at all, when compared to human years.

Butterflies, on average, only live one month.  Their entire life span narrows onto one month.  Sure, many will say that “but they’re a different species” and “time is relative” and those assertions would be right, but one thing is sure: even with magnitudes more of free time than butterflies, nearly half of all free time seems to be wasted, unless for some odd reason watching TV is so valuable that one need invest nigh half of all their free time doing it.

Let’s ruminate further.  Think about when someone presses pause on a movie.  Think upon that for a really long time.  After quite a while, wouldn’t the screen seem lifeless, like there’s nothing going on?  No movement, no change – nothing.  For one to notice the signatures of life there has to be change, motion, cycles, ebbs and flows and much more.

Now, when someone sits on a couch, for hours, days on end, doesn’t it seem antithetical to the very nature of all living organisms?  Doesn’t life move?  Doesn’t life experience?  Doesn’t life change?

Our ancestors conquered movement, doing incredible things that most people couldn’t imagine now days.  But these days, not only do some people “have no time,” but they don’t even exercise when their health depends on it.  Was guilty of this myself at a time, but no more.

Thankfully, life gave me a few chances to be able to learn from past mistakes, and after severe bouts with disease I took control of my life, instead of letting life control me.

My main thought at the time was: what would I do if 50 years from now, when looking back at life with one foot out the door, someone told me I had wasted thousands of hours throughout my life?  I know I’d have an ocean of regret, if not more.  That would crush my soul even more than the fact that I was going to miss those I loved very much.  I would be thinking how much more time I could have had with the people I loved.  I would do anything – ANYTHING – for merely one more hour, or even minutes with my loved ones.

Being able to spend one more moment with someone you love is precious.  Imagine being able to spend hundreds of hours more, or even thousands, over the course of a lifetime?

Why wait, and why not start now?

After all, the time is there for the taking.

And each and every single one of us individuals have it.  Until we don’t.

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Author’s Note:

It’s always struck me as odd as people will often say time is a precious resource, but on the flip side, they will not make time to have more time.  Doesn’t that seem paradoxical?

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

You’re On The Clock | #Time #Mindset #Perspective

“The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time, you are giving someone a portion of your time that you will never get back.”


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Zy Marquiez
March 29, 2019

As a preamble, the idea for this blog post stems from a conversation I had with my friend nigh a week and a half ago.  The whole point of the notion, ‘you’re on the clock’, simply refers to the amount of time you have left in life.

With that out of the way, the main topic that my friend and I talked about was mindset, though from two separate avenues.  He talked about it through music as he is a musician, and I talked about it through self-directed learning.  This conversation was reminiscent of many conversations I’ve had with people about mindset, and it’s always great to see two distinct angles have one overarching commonality.

How do mindset and time couple, though?

Each of us have plans that we would love to accomplish (don’t we all?), but it never seems like we have enough time.  Moreover, ideas often grow like weeds and it’s incredibly easy to get side-tracked on myriad ideas without focusing on one specifically or logging enough time into that one main project or idea that has been waiting in the wings for quite some time.

What’s worse, time keeps on ticking by: life waits for nobodyThat is a very sobering and disheartening prospect.  Every second that passes, only passes once – once.  This of course is glaringly obvious, and yet, I would argue that everyone including myself donates time by the truck load into the ever present vortex of distraction.

Precision with time is so paramount, that it is my belief that there should be courses taught on this very subject, for it affects all aspects of our lives.

Have travels in mind?  Spend time taking a trip to whatever destination it might be.
Wish to learn more?  Spend more time educating yourself.
You love to help others?  Spend more time aiding others in any way you can.
Need extra income for x, y, or z reason?  Spend more time at work.
Want to have quality time with whomever?  Spend time with that person.

Now, do me a favor, reread the last five sentences and tell me what’s the most important word in all of them.

What did you come up with?  Was it the word time?

My contention would be that time is the second most important word all those sentences.  You could ask, how could that be?  This post is about time, isn’t it?  Certainly, it is.  But time is not something we have control over.  How we spend that time is.  As such, the word I want to home-in on is ‘spend’.

Spending implies something that is used up, consumed or exhausted.  These are sobering words that bring about the implication: time is valuable. 

In fact, so much so that, the full latitude of our lives are spent [there’s a derivative of that word again] in such a way to highlight what?  Key moments in time. 

I do not believe anybody would argue that time isn’t valuable.  However, if it is valuable, how come time is taken for granted by all of us including me?  I can’t answer for everyone else, but I can answer for myself.  I know that although I try and be incredibly precise with my time, I always want to do more, I always need to do more, and yet, I do not do as much as I would like or am able to.  Why so?

Because time, like water, is everywhere – it is a mainstay in our lives.  Its easy to overlook something that’s part of your life, every single day, for the rest of your life.  How many things come close to that?

If time wasn’t gifted to anyone – and it is a gift – and one had to work to purchase it, people would treat seconds like rubies, hours like black pearls and days like treasure chests full of invaluables from times immemorial.  Hell, people would hoard seconds like water in a desert.[1]  Perhaps a perspective similar to that would make all individuals value time more.  It’s certainly something to consider and a rumination I will attempt to focus on quite more daily.

Now to that damn clock: it keeps ticking, it’s always ticking.  What’s the destination of your clock?  Where is your time going?

For me personally, at this moment its writing this very blog.  After that?  I’m uncertain, and I can readily admit that.

Life is full of uncertainties, but how you – the individual – spends their time doesn’t need to be one of them.
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[1] These analogies might be something to expand upon in a future post or a write up of a different sort.

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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

Book Review: Getting Things Done By David Allen

A Timeless Foray Into Time Management For Every Day Life

Getting Things Done
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Zy Marquiez
November 18, 2018

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
– Confucius

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci

Getting Things Done by David Allen is a no-nonsense, thorough, accessible and easy-to-follow foray into the realm of organization.

This book is practical in that anyone from a CEO to a house-wife is able to implement its tenets, and reasonable in that it doesn’t require much complexity in its implementation and application.

Getting Things Done (GTD) as a concept is not a system, but a systematic approach into streamlining an individual’s organizational process.

Moreover, GTD streamlines an individuals organizational capabilities by optimizing different (common sense) ideas that may be carried out by individuals to facilitate their lives at many levels. And speaking from experience in having applied the suggestions of this book for nigh a year, each of these ideas when applied correctly and consistently, allows individuals the capability to tackle much more in life by removing all the mental and physical clutter that modern life contains. Following the suggestions within this book is not only simple, but practical.

One excellent example of the book’s simplest and most effective suggestion is what is called the “2-minute-rule”. In plainspeak, anything you can do in under 2 minutes should be done and not be left for a later time. Under such a mindset and given its simplicity, there’s simply no excuse to let clutter of such minute amounts accrue whatsoever. Yet, most of us have myriad to-do’s that fall under this premise. In fact, even though I apply this tenet on a daily basis, I always find myself forgetting to apply it just a little bit more. But whenever I do apply it, my desk, office area, along with my work bag end up being very streamlined and clutter-free.

Sprinkled throughout the book as well are a generous number of quotes that help drive points home. These bring a fresh change to what could sometimes be a repetitive and verbose book.

With society’s addiction to materialism and all-things-speed, coupled with the rise of various media that allows for more and more time to be phased out of an individual’s schedule, Getting Things Done is a breath of fresh air in what would otherwise be a rather asphyxiating and overbearing environment that is modern life.

As such, books like this aren’t merely something to ruminate upon, but something to take to heart. Every single person would benefits from its tenets. In fact, even children can be taught the “2-minute-rule”. The book’s ideas aren’t complicated at all, they merely require effort to bring about – the proverbial first step to get things going.

Simply stated, if you want to implement a robust, easy-to-follow and systematic and mindful approach of organization into your repertoire, this book is vital and should not be overlooked. One could go as far as saying it should be part of every company’s curriculum, or an individual’s education in general given the numerous benefits it entails.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.