Wouldn’t that be great? One more hour, 60 additional minutes each day, what would you do with it?
We have dozens of gizmos and gadgets that are supposed to help us make the most of our time. Think about all these modern conveniences and how much real time they save … or do they?
- Microwave ovens
- Day planners and PDA’s
- Faster modes of transportation
- Overnight mail
- High speed computers
- Instant messaging
- Already prepared meals
- Cell phones
Yeah, that microwave revolutionized everything didn’t it? We just have oodles of time left over now, don’t we? Why, with all these “time saving devices,” are we still so pressed for time?
Side note: What we tend to forget is the cost associated with purchasing all these time saving devices! Henry David Thoreau noted in his classic book, Walden, that he could walk from Concord to Fitchburg, some 30 miles, in less time than it would take to work enough to earn the train fare – and he would enjoy the walk as an added bonus (Thoreau might tell us that “going” to Fitchburg was more important than “getting” to Fitchburg). Food for thought …