Make time your friend

The clocks aren't going to stop ticking anytime soon.

We built them to help us figure out a little more about the world.

Knowing how far through the year we are is useful for growing crops. Some things grow better when it's warmer, some don't.

You're friend said to meet them at 9. Show up at 12 and they probably went home.

Time is useful to us. But time becomes your enemy when you try to change it too much.

When you wish it would hurry up. Like wanting to finish the course you're in without doing the assignments. Or wanting to be at the end of the journey without taking a single step.

Or when you wish you could turn the clock backwards. Like that time everything was going really well. 'Those were the days.'

Treat time like the friend you're supposed to meet at 9. It's much easier to work with a friend than an enemy.

Attention, please

Be very careful where you put your attention.

Attention is the most valuable commodity, because attention equals time. Time is all we will ever have.

Where we end up in life is dictated by where we spend out attention. If you hang around people who drink often, chances are, you’ll drink often too.

Where attention goes, energy flows.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. 

This rule applies to everything. The five foods you eat the most, the five TV shows you watch, the five websites you visit the most.

It especially applies to services now controlled by algorithms. Here’s an experiment, watch a YouTube video slightly left field of what you would usually watch. What happens to your suggested videos?

When you use one of these services, your preferences are continually saved to the database, the machine learns about you. Its one task is to provide you with suggestions about what you might interested in and it’s very good at doing its job.

I said jokingly to a friend recently, Facebook and Google probably know more about us than we do each other. I’m now realising it’s probably more truth than fiction. 

None of this should be considered as negative. It’s the way things are.

If we were as careful with our attention as we are with money, how would things change?