1 thing you should know about time

Time Jumper

This one comes from rock star blog­ger Chris Guille­beau:

[W]e tend to over­es­ti­mate what we can com­plete in a sin­gle day, and under­es­ti­mate what we can com­plete over longer peri­ods of time,” he writes in his Brief Guide to World Dom­i­na­tion (which is hap­pily far from the mega­lo­ma­ni­a­cal screed the title might suggest).

This is so true! When I came across these words the other day, I felt instant relief. Never mind that I already knew this. I needed to hear it again. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been feel­ing slow mov­ing and uncer­tain. How great to be reminded that most goals require us to take the long view.

Viewed from this per­spec­tive, I’m doing just fine. Things may not be where I want them to be, but they cer­tainly aren’t where they were.

For one thing, I have a new job! A small job, to be sure, but one that I’m really excited about and hope will lead to more. Start­ing this fall, I’ll be teach­ing a course at UMass Amherst in the Com­mon­wealth Hon­ors Col­lege. I also just fin­ished up final edits on a fea­ture story on career decision-making – you can find it in Psy­chol­ogy Today’s September/October issue – and began seri­ous strate­giz­ing about a big new project.

Which isn’t to say I’m not up against some daunt­ing chal­lenges. Those pesky evic­tion pro­ceed­ings. Find­ing a new place to live. Deal­ing with health insur­ance issues. Sev­eral writ­ing projects.  When I look at this list all at once, I can start to freak out. My life feels like some­thing of a high-wire act. Will I make it across?

Then I remind myself that I don’t need to take care of every­thing right now. Each of these things will take time to get done. And, the fact is, time takes time.

© 2012, amy gut­man. All rights reserved.

5 thoughts on “1 thing you should know about time

  1. Con­grats on the teach­ing posi­tion — that I should fall so HIGH! When you talked about los­ing your liv­ing quar­ters and liv­ing on less (what a truth you spoke there — where do I put my stuff so I can live some­where else? Pay­ing half your rent for stor­age doesn’t seem like a bar­gain), I felt I’d found a spir­i­tual sis­ter. Also, con­grats on the pub­li­ca­tion in Psy­chol­ogy Today.

  2. You’ll love teach­ing! And so you’ll be great at it — and so your stu­dents will love the class — and they’ll learn a lot!

    Hooray for your stu­dents! Hooray for you!

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