kairos-vs-chronos

Do you manage your time?

How does your daily calendar look?

Some time back I had shared an article on why I was not as hard working as I thought to be

and my time log taken over a period of month looked something like the below

average_hours

Of the above, what is Chronos time and what is Kairos time?

According to this link, Chronos and Kairos can be defined as

“The word kairos was an ancient Greek word meaning “opportunity,” “season,” or “fitting time.” Another Greek word for “time” was Chronos. A sequence of moments was expressed as chronos, emphasizing the duration of the time; an appointed time was expressed as kairos, with no regard for the length of the time. Thus, Chronos was more linear and quantitative, and Kairos was more nonlinear and qualitative.”

In my interpretation, Chronos time refers to stuff that you got to do, but you may not enjoy doing. A typical example could be the endless meetings. Kairos time refers that you want to do and enjoy doing, an example could be playing with your children, taking your daily walk, or any other activity where you lose your sense of time.

It is also my hypothesis, while you may be measuring Chronos time, you may forget to measure your Kairos time. You could argue that Kairos time cannot be and should not be measured. But my argument is slightly different. If Kairos time helps you to enjoy what you do, should you not be doing more of that and unless you start measuring that, how will you do more of that?

I also agree that for each of us, Chronos and Kairos would be different, but I am willing to take a bet that we all are doing less of Kairos and more of Chronos.

Someone asked me to do you measure clock time or compass time?

An honest answer is that I have measured only clock time. I hope this classification of Chronos and Kairos will help me measure compass time as well!

Well, what are your answers?

Do you agree that you are heavily biased towards clock time?

Why don’t you do this measurement of time, classify it as Chronos and Kairos for a month and see?

Now, let me get to my afternoon power nap!

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)

Zunder

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