So – What are you going to do with all that time and space?

So – What are you going to do with all that time and space?

The virus has some upsides. One of the big upsides, ironically, comes from the lockdown. You now have time and space you otherwise might never have seen. No, this isn’t some namby-pamby two-dimensional “opportunities” thing. It’s about assessing options you now have.

One thing people usually don’t have in this half-witted world is time. Everyone’s so mindlessly busy living like cockroaches they rarely get a chance to do a lot of things. They certainly don’t have months on their hands.

Now, you’ve got whole months. It’d be easy to say, “you can use this time productively” and map out a whole stack of busy stuff to waste those months. Never mind that. The question is really “What can you do that actually goes somewhere?”

Instead of being trapped in a coffin of behaviours, you can now do things you actually like doing. Things you’re good at, for example. Years ago, in fact decade or so ago, in the employment sector, I was telling people to do what they’re good at.

The reasons for this seemingly banal statement are less than banal:

  1. You can perform without the endless intrusions and nitpicking. If you’re good at something, you’re hard to argue with.
  2. You can do things with confidence. Everyone has at least a few skills where they’re very good at what they do.
  3. When you’re doing things you’re good at, you can pick up other things a lot faster. This is because you’re learning in context with things you know well.  
  4. You can build a base for future options. You might come up with a second income stream, a new business, or a major break that takes you places you want to go.

 The space factor

Time is one thing. Space is about having the mental and physical room you need to do what you want to do. The average daily chain of events doesn’t permit you to do that. It really is quite insane how much human time and space is consumed just doing the basics.

  • Mental room – This is the distraction-free zone. You’re not being bothered by endless ennui, imbecile interruptions, and trivial crap. That’s priceless, so use it accordingly.
  • Physical room – Give “social distancing” some credit. The compulsory creation of physical room also allows you to do a lot of things without the world crowding you in to a microscopic space.
  • This is about you! You’re the one with the time and space. I suggest that this is a chance to go after the things that really matter to you. If you’re stocked up with no obstacles, take advantage and get working on things that you’ve always wanted to do.

This is your space, your time, and your options. This is what those people with all that money and time can do, and most people can’t. You’re now time-rich, with your own space. What are you waiting for?

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