Lost in time

Why is it that we don’t get lost in a new city?

Well, that is because we use addresses and maps. At one point, most cities had no addresses or maps, and it was easy to get lost. We have invested tremendous effort in organizing our cities into maps so that we don’t ever get lost again.

Yet, we run into problems on moving from the spatial to the temporal. Words such as delay, tardiness, procrastination and distraction indicate how it easier to lose one’s self in time. Unlike space, however, the world cannot organize our time using maps and addresses. Each one of us needs to do that ourselves. And yes, we do have a compass – the clock.

A schedule is our temporal map. The best part is that we get to build one ourselves.

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