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Friday, March 30, 2012
A New Paradigm of Time: Changing Time Anxiety to Time Artistry by guest blogger Marney K. Makridakis

In the 10 years since I launched my website,, I can honestly say I’ve never been as excited about an event as I am about the series that’s happening next week: The Creating Time Mega Event, which celebrates the release of my upcoming book from New World Library, Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. It runs April 2–20 and will include live webinars, daily email inspiration, dynamic time-shifting games and challenges, a lively interactive community of fellow time-travelers, and so much more. 

For this event, I asked 25 amazing luminaries — including Marci Shimoff, SARK, Jennifer Louden, Michael Gelb, Victoria Moran, and many more — to share their vision of a new paradigm of time. Each of the creative leaders answered this inquiry in a different way, most often reflecting his or her own area of expertise. But a thread of consistency runs through the wisdom shared by all: our society worries about time far more than we need to, and the worries hold us back from living our best lives. In short, it’s time for a change in our attitude about time. 

While writing Creating Time, I surveyed many people from a variety of backgrounds about their experiences with time. The results revealed that 90 percent felt “somewhat anxious” to “significantly anxious” about time. What’s even more startling is that these results don’t seem all that surprising. Stress and worry about time is very much a part of most of our lives. Our modern society makes it acceptable and even expected that we fall into patterns of being worried and stressed about time. Time anxiety is pervasive in our culture. But when we look at creating a new paradigm of time, we get to ask, Does it need to be? 

The concept of “creating time” is not just about adding more hours to our day but creating a new relationship with time itself. A good place to start is to dig deeply to figure out what is at the root of our problems and anxieties with time. In short, what are the “payoffs” we get for being worried about time? Why do we overschedule ourselves? Why do we want to be so busy? Why are we so consumed with time? Why does it seem so “normal” to worry about time so much? Why is it easier to be caught up in a drama about time than it is to be released from it?  

Here are some examples of payoffs that people might receive from worrying or complaining about time:
• Time is a good catchall: if I can complain about being busy, then I don’t have to look at other areas in my life.

• My schedule is wrapped up with my self-esteem. Being “too busy” means that I’m successful.

• I don’t plan things that I might enjoy because it is too scary — it just feels safer to be bored.

• Worrying about time gives me something to talk about with other people.

• Worrying about time is a convenient excuse for not following my dreams.

Once we can identify the payoffs that we get from worrying about time, we can see them for what they are: illusions that keep us from living our true potential. Simply being aware of what we are getting from our worries about time allows us to make a different choice: a choice to partner with time, instead of working against it.  

It’s time to finally drop all the archaic views and limitations of time that have held us back from fully embracing the wild, beautiful truth: time is not a defined line; it is instead a vibrant, completely moldable, layered, multifaceted work of art that is in our hands to create and design, each and every day. 

I invite you to join me and 25 amazing creative leaders during the three-week adventure of the Creating Time Mega Event where we’ll “time travel” as a collective community to create a new paradigm of time. We’ll expand our sense of time by learning how to change the ways we think about TIME — that is, the ways we Think about, Imagine, Measure, and Experience time. Sign up here to join us, and welcome the end of time as we know it...and the beginning of an exhilarating new life!


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