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  • Writer's pictureIshfaaq Peerally

Why time is not money ?

"Lost time is never found again"

- Benjamin Franklin

Writing the current post with my notes on general relativity and my watch next to me

A question that I'm often asked is how I manage to do so many things at once. Some people think that I multitask. I have tried multitasking but it didn't work. And I can assure you that I have enough sleep, I have time to prepare my own food and eat it, to read, to watch serials, to walk and to practice sports. The answer to how I do it is that I know the value of time and it is something more valuable than money.

I understand money as something that can be exchanged for services or for goods (I don't know if that is the official definition given by economists but this is how I understand it). Money can be anything, paper, coins, shells, sardine boxes but certainly not time. For one thing, time cannot be exchanged for anything. As Heraclitus rightly said, "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." Well, Heraclitus was right. He was one of the first proponents of the dialectic. The definition of the dialectic is still a debate among philosophers(what is not a debate for them?) but it can be interpreted as change or development. Things change because time exists. Without time, things would not have been changing. I'm not going to enter into a deep philosophical interpretation of time, but I want to stress upon the fact that, unlike money which you can afford to lose, you cannot afford to lose time. You will never be able to gain the time that you have lost back. However, time is often underrated as compared to money. We think that by working more, we are going to make more money(for what if you don't have time to enjoy it?) but that's not the case. My secret for being a very productive person is that I am disciplined. I plan my day in advance. I have a time to sleep(12 am to 6 am everyday including weekends), a time to eat, a time to study... I usually do a task for 25 minutes and then take a pause of 5 minutes. And every night, I plan the next day. Moreover, I don't like switching between tasks. I had planned that on Sundays, I am going to write either my blog or my book or both. Mondays are dedicated to homework. You will never see me doing homework or studying on other days. If you see me writing equations on a Tuesday, it is most likely to be something I'm learning on my own. Whenever I'm doing a certain task, I do it the most effective way possible. When I study, you won't see me scrolling on Instagram and when I am scrolling on Instagram, you won't see me studying. Both studying and scrolling on Instagram are important for me but I never do both at the same time. Recently, Sweden has introduced a six-hour work day to increase productivity. I hope that other countries follows suit.

We all have only one life with a limited amount of time. And with every passing second, the amount of time you have left to be alive keeps diminishing. I have made a huge loss recently in the stock market. It doesn't really bother me. I will get the money back. But I'll never have the time I invested in these trades back. Well, I have learnt from my mistakes and I don't think that I will ever fall into the trap of using leverages again. Just LIVE every Planck time of your life.

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