Is it possible to gain time by doing more? The logic (or science, call it what you will) may sound like the title doesn’t add up. Also, is it possible to GAIN time? Isn’t time constant? There’s no way to add another hour to the 24 that is found in a day’s cycle. Or at least, that’s how it’s been since the Gregorian Calendar was introduced and implemented by Pope Gregory XIII in the 1580s.
Read on to find out what we mean.
Gain Time: Can This Be Done?
In the literal definition of the phrase “to gain time”, no. We have a set calendar where each day runs with 24 hours. 7 days a week. 4 weeks in a month. It follows that, 12 of those months in a year. Unless we’re talking about a leap year where February gets a 29th-day. All for the purpose of creating a balance between our calendar year, the seasons, and the Earth’s orbit around the sun.
24 Hours A Day: Fixed And Immovable
Other than that, there’s no way to have 25 hours a day. No matter what you do or how much you hope for it, it just won’t happen. Even scientists and physicists agree that that’s the way time is. You can’t deduct from it. You can’t add to it.
However, the concept of gaining time isn’t one of the literal. It’s a concept of you being able to have more time in your hands than before, through the pursuit of proper time management.
How Does “Gaining Time” Happen?
When time is saved, then “gaining time” happens. Still vague? We think so, too. Okay, here. When you are able to achieve peak productivity, you do more quality work in a shorter span of time. Thus, the remainder of the time you allotted for work can now be… free. Hence, “free time.”
This can only happen when work productivity is high. There’s no other way to it. Only through managing your to-dos, budgeting your time and dividing into portions so that you have deadlines for each one. Doing them quickly, or quicker than average. These work together to produce a highly efficient you.
Gain Time: Don’t Be Afraid Of These “Free Time”
If you gain free time because you were able to complete a task before its actual deadline, don’t be afraid to take that break. Other people use it to start doing the next task on their list, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
On the other hand, what we’re encouraging here is you taking a quick break every now and then. Studies have proven over and over than these breaks are actually more helpful than you think. After using your mind and body at a high capacity, these quick rests are important to give yourself breathing room.
Consistently not taking these breaks could actually and eventually lead to burn out. Nobody wants that. But again, yes, they’re helpful. They literally give you that breathing room to get some air, pause from work, have a quick snack or coffee.
That’s enough to power you up for the next power working you’ll be doing.
Your Action Point?
Go ahead and keep planning, managing and organizing your tasks well. You’ll gain free time more and more, and taking those short break spurts will help you be even readier for the next task you have on the table.