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Why Do We Worry About Time? – Book Giveaway!

Here are some examples of payoffs that people might receive from worrying or complaining about time.

  • Time is a good catchall: if I can complain about being busy, then I don’t have to look at other areas in my life.
  • Worrying about time gives me something to talk about with other people.
  • Worrying about time is a convenient excuse for not following my dreams.
  • My schedule is wrapped up with my self-esteem. Being “too busy” means that I’m successful.
  • I don’t plan things that I might enjoy because it is too scary — it just feels safer to be bored.

Do any other payoffs come to mind? Which ones resonate as possibly being true for you?

Once we can identify the payoffs that we get from worrying about time, we can see them for what they are: illusions that keep us from living our true potential. Simply being aware of what we are getting from our time worries allows us to make a different choice. Choice is one of the nine ARTbundance Principles, which are building blocks to self-awareness. Making new choices is one of the best ways we can explore new layers of freedom with time. Dana Sebastian-Duncan, a trainee in the ACT program, put it nicely: “When I really think of the Principle of Choice as it relates to time, it reminds me that I have the freedom to create my life and my own ‘reality.’ My daily choices add up to my life, and that is empowering.”


Marney K. Makridakis is the author of Creating Time. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach of self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at


Excerpted from the book Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life © 2012 by Marney Makridakis. Published with permission of New World Library.

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10:20AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

This article resonates so much with me! I worry about time passing by that I don't actually enjoy the time I have. I think that this book would be very helpful in helping me turn my life around so that I can enjoy the little things in life and not be afraid to try new experiences!

9:55AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

At the end of the day, there is always more to do! I look back on the day just past and wonder where all the time went. I guess I just don't get the concept of managing time--it always seems to manage me!

10:59AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Time, using it wisely, and being "on time" has been the bane of my lifetime! Could really use this book . . .

6:06PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

I find I'm always happiest (and a better mom, wife, daughter, employee) when I've taken a bit of time for myself! : )

2:01PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Excellent points from the book in the article--- sounds like a good book. Thank you for posting the excerpt.

10:44AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

I'm the one who's doing GREAT! But I would LOVE to have more time, for friends, for creativity, for all of the wonderful things life has to offer ...

9:37AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Time, there never seems to be enough of it when you need it, too much of it when it passes slowly and when you want to create it can be disrupted. Time to create, paint, draw, or just mess around. This book may be just what I need lol.

8:48AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

I am currently in the ARTbundance ACT 7 Training and, although I have only just completed week 1, I can see it is going to help me to "defrag" my life to free up more space and energy (can you tell I just defragged my computer?). I'm in the training but I do not own this book and would like to! Fingers crossed that I win.

8:10AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

I've become such a fan of Marney Makradakis. While I love her insight, it's the processes she leads me through to discover my own that makes me want to spend time on her website and in this book. I bought this the day it came out.

Creating Time - good time.

7:56AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

I like the concept of having choice!

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