The Disillusion Of Space and Time

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I think I know something about the human race that most have not figured out.
We do not do well with space.

I’m not talking about the outerspace.
I’m not talking about hardrive space.

I’m talking about our own personal space. The space of our time.

Humans do not do well when we have tons of open space.

How do I know this?
Because I use to have all the space one could ask for.

About five months ago I was a free-lance web designer who was single, lived alone, and had no responsibilities. I didn’t have a boss, I didn’t have any time commitments, and I didn’t have a set routine. I had the space to do whatever I wanted.

I say about five months ago because that all changed when I decided to take a full-time job. Suddenly my space decreased to the size of my studio apartment. I had very little.

That one shift, from free-lance to full-time, taught me the idea that we do not do well with space.

Think back to the last time you were free to do whatever you wanted to do for a minumum of two hours. What did you do with that time? If you are like me, all the plans of accomplishment that you thought would happen within those hours didn’t happen.
In fact you probably at one point said “where did the time go?”

This idea of more time is often the myth that most people buy into. If only I had more time to do blank. If I just had a couple more hours in the day I could get blank done. The idea of more space is often the very thing that subtracts from doing anything at all.

When I lost my space of freedom everything changed.
I had to get more creative, more focused, more intentional, and more dedicated to the things I wanted to create in my space of time.
This shrinking of space that took place in my life caused me to “cut the fat” of my work and start producing the meat of what I wanted to accomplish all along.

So you say you are busy, that you do not have any time, well I guess you are one of the lucky ones that now has the ability to do your best work in the little space that you have.

Charles Dickens said “There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish; The thing is to do as much as you can in the time that you have

Like most humans we all struggle with the space of time, but only you can control what you fill your space with. The opportunity to work on this space could be the very thing that allows you to accomplish more then you could ever imagine. It all comes down to how you choose to see your space of time.

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Jason Vana

    I am an incredibly busy person. I work part-time (need full time because I don’t make enough to live on), do freelance graphic and web design, lead a ministry reaching out to college students at two schools, and trying to grow to more campuses, I am on the board of a youth retreat ministry, help with the media and coffee shop at church, am heading up two international mission trips, and write for three blogs. I don’t have much free time, so I only do the most important work I can. Less time actually shapes you more.

    • @kylereed

      I like that thought, less time actually shapes you more. Agreed

  • Tyler Braun

    Love the challenge here. Especially in church life the thing I despise more than anything from church members is the “I don’t have time to do that” excuse. I can’t hate it that much because I use it quite often as well. In reality we’re saying “I can make time for anything but I won’t make time for that.” There’s always enough time, probably depends if that thing is high on the priority list. Of course, this doesn’t even get into the lazy people who do very little with their time. 

    • @kylereed

      well you do an amazing job of balancing both. 

  • Miranda Ochocki

    Ain’t that the truth!! 
    I recently transitioned to being a stay-at-home wife while I work on developing my ministry. It was interesting to realize that I was spending more time NOT doing what I needed to. Luckily, I sat down and developed a daily schedule and a few life goals to help keep me on track. Things aren’t so bad now, but I definitely still struggle with keeping a productive schedule.

  • Jeremy Statton

    I completely agree. We have some space and time, but we fail to recognize it’s value. Thanks, Kyle.

  • Ian Goldsmith

    Time constraints certainly do force focus our efforts. Good word :)

  • Brandon Clements

    Good post Kyle. Totally agree with your perspective on time management. Reminds me of the old adage that a task will inflate to the time allotted for it.