TIME DESIGN™ is different from time management but can be used hand in hand with an effective time management system. With TIME DESIGN, the focus is on understanding the QUALITY of your time, not just the quantity of your time. In our accelerating and often chaotic world, it’s critical to understand and navigate your personal Speed of Life and understand the quality of your time. This is the single most important task you have, to fully develop autonomy, competence and relatedness (Self Determination Theory-3 major success needs) for the future.
THE FIVE TYPES OF TIME
TCB TIME: The first Time Mode is TCB Time, or “Taking Care of Business” time. TCB Time has it’s own unique quality and plays a vital and productive role in our contemporary lifestyles. It’s using time with a very strong “agenda” to get things done. This kind of time is most often structured and involves responsible, constructive and logical kinds of activities, like studying in school, preparing taxes, paying your bills, fixing your car, remodeling your house, etc. TCB Time usually involves a high degree of self control and responsibility, but sometimes can become stressful if there is no balance between this Time Mode and the other modes of time that we will follow.
TOXIC TIME: Toxic Time is higher emotional stress time. It happens to all of us, all of the time. It often catches us off guard when something unexpected happens, and when everything we did to “control” things around us, seems to fall apart. Toxic Time most often involves negative emotions, a sense of being out of control and sometimes depression. It can happen instantly when their is an tragedy or negative event, like a car accident, loss of a loved one, financial loss, or a dramatic conflict in the work environment.
E TIME: E Time is enriching time. It is using time wisely for personal development, growth, pleasure, choice, flexibility, creativity and freedom. E Time often integrates the sub component of I Time which includes important self awareness and stress release strategies that have the potential to change Toxic Time. These include tools such as The 5 Step P.A.U.S.E., mindfulness, meditation, self management and self care. E Time is the time we most look forward to, either alone or with our friends and family. E Time is a time for “doing your thing” and self development in a way that includes and individual’s vision and passion to enrich life. The core characteristic of E Time is conscious self discovery and conscious self management. Although it’s one of the ultimate and preferred modes of time, it’s often difficult to develop this important form of time when we’re constantly sacrificing E Time for TCB Time and getting “stuck” in higher levels of Toxic Time along the way. This is especially true if you believe the common illusions perpetuated by our contemporary media driven Circles of Influence. These forces reap enormous financial benefits from the cultural and material myths designed to capture and compel a person to immerse themselves in activities which offer temporary “relief” and coping from stress, but have little long term value that actually enriches and develops a person’s sense of sense, talents and skills over the long run.
C TIME C Time consists typically of psychological distraction and compensation techniques, used primarily for diverting stress and “coping” with life and it’s increasing chaos and challenges. Activities such as television, video games, music, drugs, alcohol, and other “pleasuring” methods, help a person cope with stress and overload, but are most often difficult to consciously engage in as enriching or E Time. There are definitely exceptions when the previously mentioned activities are designed to specifically ADD enrichment to a person’s life. We all need to cope with the changing speed of life, so coping is a vital necessity. Some individuals, however, begin to spend longer and longer periods of time diverting stress in ways that have no long term developmental benefits or potential for creating higher levels of awareness and SELF creation. When C Time patterns emerge, but C Time becomes the primary mode of time, there is typically an underlying psychological factor, that is impeding the use of E Time, I Time and TCB Time effectively for higher levels of personal development.
I TIME: I Time is “Inner-Active” time, specifically used to increase self-awareness and self management skills. It is the key type of time for learning how to effectively control stress. Although it is the most important form of time to develop the necessary resilience skills for the increasing Speed of Life, it is often denigrated as “fluff”, “new age”, or irrelevant by individuals who do not understand the power of re-wiring our brain for success. I Time develops our self reflective, critical thinking, creativity and mindfulness skills, the core elements needed to thrive, not just survive, in the future. I Time includes P.A.U.S.E., mindfulness, meditation, and many other inner directed self awareness activities.