Awareness of the passage of time will determine how you spend your time.
“Even in the absence of time pressure, maintaining a coherent train of thought requires discipline.”
Awareness of the passage of time requires intellectual work. It’s easy to get distracted by your surroundings. The above is a quote from the book “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. His research (identified as ‘system 2’) on awareness shines light on why we make certain decisions.
Kahneman writes, “People who are cognitively busy are also more likely to make selfish choices, use sexist language, and make superficial judgments in social situations. Memorizing and repeating digits loosens the hold of System 2 on behavior, but of course cognitive load is not the only cause of weakened self-control. A few drinks have the same effect, as does a sleepless night. The self-control of morning people is impaired at night; the reverse is true of night people. Too much concern about how well one is doing in a task sometimes disrupts performance by loading short term memory with pointless anxious thoughts.
The conclusion is straightforward. Self-control requires attention and effort. Choosing to ignore this will affect your life in a negative way. Research and rehabilitation work proves it.
So, what tasks do you struggle to do while maintaining your focus and best effort?
Time is passing.