The phrase “Alive time vs. Dead time” was coined by popular author Robert Green and it has been popularized by blogger and writer Ryan Holiday.
“Dead time” is defined as time spent passively waiting around killing time until better times arrive.
Whereas, “Alive-time” is time spent consciously and constructively learning, growing, developing and growing.
2020 has been a hard year. Covid has had an impact on all our lives.
Here’s a question for you
“When you can’t work because you have no work, when you feel stuck and can see no way out of this situation, when you don’t even know if there is an end of the tunnel, what do you do with your time?”
I find myself facing this question in late March 2020 as my business dried up, the emails and calls slowed down to a trickle and then stopped, my travel plans were thwarted and I found myself with nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to look forward, and very little hope for the future.
It became very clear that I could either sit around moping and filling this time with distractions to block out my irritation and frustration or maybe I could transform this dead time into something constructive.
This feels like prison to me
I recall years ago when I was a boy wondering how I would cope if I was ever put in prison at some point if my future life. I always thought that if I was unfortunate enough to have this happen to me, I would – if possible – use the time to study, read and write.
Well, I don’t know about you, but this feels like prison to me…
I reflected deeply on all this and it came to me that I needed a project, something constructive to do with my time, something that would be good for me and hopefully useful for a few other people as well. So I launched into writing a series of 30 articles for my website, based on personal reflections and insights which I wrote at a rate of about 3 a week over a couple of months.
Since then, I decided to expand the project and tackle a range of subjects I have been avoiding tackling because they were “too difficult” or would take too much time. Well guess what, I now have the time – all the time in the world – and I have researched and produced a wider range of material on thinking skills, a critical evaluation of the law of attraction, I have also had a stab at writing about consciousness.
Rather than treating this as a chore and something that supposedly would be good for my soul but otherwise a grind (which frankly writing can be), to my surprise I am finding this process educative and personally helpful, and naturally I hope that visitors to this site are finding something useful in these articles as well.
Reaching out and the karma bank
But in addition to the introspection of researching and writing, I am a social animal and I have been desperately missing the personal contact and connection during this extended period of lock-down.
I have stumbled over a constructive way of channeling my frustrations into a productive outlet. Various friends, family members, and business associates have contacted me asking for my advice or opinion and I spend a lot of time business mentoring, reviewing business proposals, and helping people write CVs.
Sure, I would have tried to help in these areas in the past, but now, having the time to do it, I treat each and every one of these situations as a though it was well paid consultancy gig and give it my very best attention.
I see this as opportunities to “put a deposit in the karma bank”.
In difficult times like these, we can choose to just doss around and feel impatient, resentful, or angry.
Or we can we can exercise control over our use of this time figure a way to solve a problem, reach a goal, or help someone else with these things.
“Dead time is revived when we use it as an opportunity to do what we’ve long needed to do.”
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