Fitting Laser Eye Surgery into a hectic work schedule
How many times has someone said to you, “don’t worry, it will only take a minute”, for whatever it is to actually take around six hours?
At least that’s what it feels like. Because not only does it not just take a minute, it completely disrupts your schedule, throws the rest of your day off, and after all is said and done, seem to set you back several days.
Working as part of a large team, this happens to me all the time — often several times a day. And it frustrates the hell out of me.
Time is limited and I want to get as much out of it as I can, so I plan everything I do out to the last millisecond. As you could probably imagine, then, when even the smallest of things get in the way of my plans, I throw a hissy fit and waste more time readjusting for the disruption and wishing I could turn back the clock.
Unless you’re a time management guru, I’m sure you know what I mean. You’re probably thinking right now about the thousand other things you could be doing instead of reading this slowly-unfolding article.
The thing is, anyone who’s part of the 9-5 or has to work in the digital world is more than likely hyperaware of how quickly time seems to be passing by. As a result, society is becoming increasingly conscious about where our time is spent and how it’s used.
If you aren’t, then you simply risk your time being poured away along with your years of hard work and future dreams, for them never to return again. Ever.
It’s for this reason that time is an incredibly precious and unique commodity that we need to make the most of. However, trying to squeeze in more experiences and becoming ultra-productive is not the way to go about protecting it.
Rather, the way to get much more out of your time is by lifting your foot off the gas, and doing things that help you to see the world from a new, clearer, and frameless perspective.
You’ve got to spend a little time to make time
There’s a saying that if you say you don’t have time to meditate for ten minutes a day, then you need to meditate for much longer. It seems paradoxical at first, but once you do meditate and see that it brings so much more to your life than could ever be found in those hours otherwise, you realise it makes a whole lot of sense.
It’s a similar thing for anyone who says they don’t have time for Laser Eye Surgery — only that you still only need to do it once. Once you invest a small amount of time now — two or three half-days at most – in having the assessments, undergoing the brief treatment, and attending a few aftercare appointments, you’ll soon start seeing how many hours it will save you fiddling with your contacts, looking for your glasses, and messing around at the opticians.
But the greatest benefit of all, similarity to meditation, is not the number of hours it saves you, but the way in which it enables you to better experience every second of life. Whether you’ve spontaneously pulled over to watch a burning red sunset, or you’re enjoying a moment with the kids while rolling around in the mud, Laser Eye Surgery ensures you witness every single detail and appreciate every experience in its entirety.
After all, how well you’ve lived is much better measured by the quality of what you’ve experienced, as opposed to the quantity of what you’ve done.
When you’re able to get this much out of every moment in life, somehow that itchy feeling of time slipping through your fingers goes away. And, therefore, whenever the time comes that someone pulls you out of your routine and says, “don’t worry, this will only take a minute”, the reaction that’s more likely to come out of you is not “oh Christ not again”, but, “don’t worry, I have all the time in the world”.