Where’d it go?

I overheard a guy ask his friend he hadn’t seen in a long time, “Where’d it go?” A casual reference to the seemingly quick passage of time. It got me thinking about Miles Davis, “Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.” This blog image was taken of my office building in the 1920s and yesterday in 2019. This is known as “rephotography,” retaking the same photograph in the same place at a different time to illustrate change.

If you took rephotography of your office, what and who would you see? Is your infrastructure lagging? Would you see old Windows 7 PCs, haphazard office software and random processes? Would your staff reflect optimistic, entrepreneurial and ethical employees? Do they play well together?

I think it’s helpful to view time gaps. Those moments of passive awareness as you go about your day. Brief points in time off autopilot. Think about what you’re doing. The real nirvana of productivity is being aware of the gaps thinking, “How can we do this better?” This attitude will bring you an early Christmas present of no longer working late. No more working weekends.

These gaps of time will show you how you really conduct your business. Think about the amount of time you take creating each step of commercial appraisal creation. Look for the gaps while you’re bidding on assignments, property inspection, researching the subject property, confirming sales, analyzing market data, assembling your appraisal report, yada yada. Is there any room for improvement? Here’s the secret: the answer is always yes.

Time is a weird elastic concept to me. In high school, I couldn’t wait to graduate. On vacation, I want time to slow down. Traffic feels like slow time. If I get a 1-hour massage, it feels like 20 minutes. If a party is uber fun, time flies. Einstein was right, “The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

Dr. Seuss highlights the concept, “How did it get so late so soon?” It’s about experiential awareness of time gaps that we can insert productivity (or other things like love). Sometimes we get tiny improvements, sometimes substantial. If you do, you won’t be surprised asking, “Where’d it go?”