The way you organise Time

If I told you Wednesdays noon meeting has been moved by two hours…
is the meeting now 2pm or 10am?

Depending on how you perceive time, will depend on how you answer that question.

It is fascinating to learn we all perceive time differently. While the human mind organises time in a linear form, we all have a unique perspective of this subjective experience of “now”.

Some people see time stretched out in front of them, with their past to one side and their future to another. Like being on the side of the road, with ease seeing where they have been and where they are going.

Some people perceive their past behind them, and therefore their future is in front of them. Like being in the driver’s seat seeing the road and their next destination.

The way you perceive time will be perfect for you.

It is important to keep in mind that both orientations of time will have its advantages and disadvantages.

Through Time

The classic through time timeline is right to left or left to right. Normally horizontal that stretches out in front of them, at eye level or chest height. Memories on that timestream are about 10 cm tall where they will see themselves in the memories. Like looking at photos.

If you are “through time” where you are standing on the side of the road, your brain can see what needs to get done, when, and in what order. You will go through your days ‘to-do’ lists before you get out of bed and will take action accordingly. Anything that helps you organise your plans are welcomed, such as calendar, watches and schedules. The schedule is important, so anyone who is late to an agreed time will create a judgmental trigger. “They are rude. I’ve got so much to get done, why are they not being considerate?” Yet the in time person will require you to be more present when are with them.

Through time is great if you are in business or in a leadership role. You can see your schedule and feel where you need to be and when. People can rely on you and will know you will be there when you say you will.

This can get in the way if you are required to be in the present moment, like relaxing or self-care. (On the Myers Briggs, through time are “Judgers” Outward focus.)

In Time

The classic in time timeline is front to back, horizontal, in a “v” or any arrangement where part of the past, present or future is passing through their body.  

The past stretches out as far back as the future stretches in front of them. The client is positioned in the ‘now’. Due to this, part of their future will be unavailable to them unless they take the effort to find it. When they do, they will recall the memory as if they are looking through their own eyes.

If you are “in time” where the road is in front of you, you are focused on what is going on in this present moment. That is great if you are enjoying yourself, like being at a celebration, making love, or meditating.

But if you need to manage lots of projects, appointments, or a chaotic schedule then being in the present moment will be a disadvantage as you will not be aware of what is next on the to-do list.

Yes, you hold the idea that the party does not start until you get there. But this can create miscommunication with the through time people where they value organization. The through time people will judge you to be undependable. While you crave they ‘breathe’ and share in the moment.

In time people like to keep their options open and will do what they can to combine their work time with their play time. With this in mind, the ‘end game’ won’t have a clear focus, so they take things as they come and find flexibility in making choices.

(On the Myers Briggs the In time are perceivers Inward focused).

Yes, you can change your orientation of time

It is thought provoking to know you can change the spatial orientation of time!

Changing a timeline is literally reorganizing a person’s life experiences, so it must be done with extreme care and sensitivity to be sure the resulting changes will be beneficial. Shifting someone’s timeline can be disorientating if they don’t know what to prepare for.

As the coach you need to question “What difference would it make to change your experience of reality?”

And yes, you can put in a contextual switch at the unconscious level, so your client is more present with their family at home and more organised at work.

Where is your future?

When you think of your timestream, if your future is in the same quadrant as visual construct (your eye patterns), you are more likely to “create” your future. This allows you to creatively design your future with rich possibility.

However if your future is the same quadrant as your “visual remember” position, your future is ridged and based on how things were done in the past! This can cause disappointment as modern generations seek to do things differently.

This also explains why some people go back to clear blocks. (Clearing rigid challenges) And yet some people get a more powerful shift by creating their future… depending on the way your client orientates time, you can tell what type of work is beneficial for their outcome.

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