The Three Time Perspectives

The Human mind falls in the following states when thinking about time:

  1. Past: Remembering the good old days or wishing things happened differently in the life gone by.
  2. Present: Wanting enjoyment in the present, or always being on the lookout for instant gratification.
  3. Future: Getting good grades, not drinking or smoking, eating healthy food, saving and investing.

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The Value Of Time

We don’t really value time as much as we value money, even though money one lost can be earned again, but lost time can never come back.

Many of us waste a lot of time on social media and other platforms consuming content of varying quality. If we really valued time, we would be aware of the time wasted on overthinking or being stuck in the past, or simply being miserable.

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We cannot be stuck in the past, present or future time perspectives all the time, and have to be aware of how our mind works. To strike a balance, we have to be:

  1. 1 percent focused on the past, like spending 10 minutes writing a journal.
  2. 9 percent focused on the future, making sure to be fit and eat nutritious food.
  3. 90 percent present-focused, ensuring that we read, eat, travel, cook, write, sleep and exercise.

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  • Balancing how we use our time needs flexibility. If the focus is single-mindedly on a particular time perspective, one cannot lead a happy, well-lived life.
  • Being in the future when one has to be in the present creates misery and conflict.
  • We can live every moment to the maximum by dialling the right time perspective(past, present or future).
  • The wealthiest people in the world who are running out of time know its value, and many of us waste(or kill) time as if it is unlimited.

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  • Embrace The Past.
  • Think About The Future.
  • Remember: The Time To Live Is Right Now.
  • Yesterday Is Gone.
  • Tomorrow Isn’t Here Yet.
  • Make Today Count.

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  1. Past: When you’re focused on the past, you’re often paralyzed by what has happened to you. You either wish your life was like the “good old days” or you wish certain things didn’t happen.
  2. Present: When you’re primarily focused on the present, you either want instant gratification or enjoyment of what’s in front of you. No thought of the past or the future.
  3. Future: A future-oriented person is someone who eats healthy food, gets good grades in school, doesn’t smoke, drink, and is always working towards a future outcome. 

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Caring for your Future Self

Acting upon the reality of who you are now versus who you want to become is an important part of caring for your future self.

Consider these questions: Is who you are now the type of person you are happy with? Are you content with yourself and the environment that you're in? If not, then it's time to act upon who you want to be and make it into a reality.

Our brains aren't designed to see the future but we worry about what might happen to us in the future. Your present is what determines your future.

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The definition of self-awareness

Self-awareness is the ability to focus on yourself and how your actions, thoughts, or emotions do or don't align with your internal standards.

  • If your're highly self-aware, you can objectively evaluate yourself, manage your emotions, align your behavior with your values, and understand correctly how other perceive you.

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