I started reading Time Warrior by Steve Chandler this morning. It’s all about hacking time to avoid procrastination. The hack is this: forget about linear time. There’s no line of time extending into the future like a receding perspective line, and there’s also no line running back into the past either. It’s all just a story, a faulty model that lots of us believe, trust, and bank on. But there’s no such line, Chandler says. There is only now.
This, of course, is not a new time hack.
Eckart Tolle beat him to it, and Buddhist metaphysics beat Tolle to it.. What is new, as far as I can tell so far, (I am only on p. 36) is this Warrior notion. He says you have to Warrior-up.
He says you have to let go of any notion that there is a future you are heading toward. You can only act in the present . We need to be Warriors and read and write and do what needs to be done, in the present.
The present must be broken open, hacked into, revealed. And when it is, you will be free of time, and by extension, free of the whole concept of procrastination.
I think this is going to be a very important book for me. It is going to function to remind me of things I already know, but which I systematically forget.
How many of these books must I read before that great epiphany happens in which I just get it so hard, that there’s no going back? (Gretchen Rubin in Better Than Before, calls this event a “Lightning Bolt Moment.” She had one of them after she read Gary Taubes’ Why We Get Fat and it completely changed her diet forever and she has never looked back.)
Time gives me such a fit. Especially as I am getting older. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of it left, and that means I don’t have that much wiggle room anymore to mess around with putting things off.
That’s why it’s really important that I learn how to park my ass in the present and do all my work there. That’s why I’m praying for the Lightning Bolt, or in this book’s case, learning to become a Time Warrior.
Let’s sharpen the sword and begin.