Right-brain time and Left-brain time
Sue is always on time and feels disrespected when her friends are not on time.
Betty is always late and doesn’t understand why people would get upset about it.
Are you like Sue or like Betty?
Why are some people on time and some people are not?
Is being on time a virtue?
Is being late bad behavior? Or disrespectful?
I’ll let you in on a secret: it’s none of those things!
On time or not on time depends on how your brain is organized.
We all know that we have a “right brain” and a “left brain,” but what do those terms actually mean?
Are they just metaphors?
And what difference do they make in our lives?
They make a difference in many ways!
For instance, there is Right-brain time and Left-brain time.
The Big Reveal: the only part of you that perceives time as a SEQUENCE is your left brain.
As you see on the chart above, your left brain loves sequence and numbers. It also likes to focus on details. So, it is only natural that it perceives time in these categories.
You may ask: Doesn’t everyone see time like this? Isn’t this just normal?
No, not everyone perceives time like this.
You see, your right brain perceives time as DURATION.
This is when your experience of time becomes elastic.
We have all have experienced the feeling of the interminable: standing on line, waiting for something to download.
But a chat with a friend goes by like a breeze and it feels like a few minutes when in fact it was an hour.
Have you experience that?
The key word is feeling.
As you see on the chart, your right brain is in charge of feelings.
That’s why how you feel, affect how you perceive time.
And another way in which your Right-brain perceives time, is, to quote Yogi Berra, “it’s not over till it’s over”.
That used to be me, for many years.
My left brain would whisper: “it’s time to leave or you’ll be late for your next activity”
And my right brain would say, nonverbally: “Naa, I don’t feel done yet. I need just a few more minutes to complete this conversation.” Or: “It won’t take that long to get there.”
But of course, it did take that long to get there, so I was late.
My friends used to joke that my signature phrase was “It took longer than I thought.”
Until I got my brain organized.
Then it became much easier to be realistic about time. I could have my experience and still be on time.
I used to know people who would be a couple of hours late to meetings and events and didn’t think anything of it.
On the other hand, a while ago a very left-brain friend of mine had offered to give me a ride to MY birthday party organized by our mutual friends. When she had to wait for ten minutes, she was indignant because “she could have done so much more during that time.” Personally, I felt she could have been more tolerant since it was my birthday. But her left brain wanted punctuality, no matter what.
Are you like my friend or like the people above? Do you know people like that?
Don’t worry! Brains can be organized!
I organized mine, and so can you.
I’ll let you in on another secret: the fasted way to organize your brain is by using targeted activities that engage your body.
There are many such activities. I’ll share just one.
It’s called Cross-Crawl, or Crossovers.
This simple exercise immediately organizes the brain hemispheres to work together. And since it only takes a few minutes, you can repeat it throughout the day!
I do that myself.
I upcoming articles we’ll talk about how your brain affects your productivity, and also why we need to shift from The Old Paradigm to The New Paradigm, and many other topics that will directly affect your life.
If you’d like to know more about brain-organizing activities, feel free to email me at paula@BrainUpgrade.biz.
Paula “Brain Organizer” Oleska
I still think compulsive lateness is passive aggressive. It means that the latecomer values his/her time above yours. If it happens too often, I arrange to meet the person ten minutes earlier than is necessary. That way they arrive on time. That keeps me sane, anyway. PS. I tell them I’ve done it, and why…