Sequential and Synchronous Time

Now is a time, now is the time.

Now is a time as a point in time, a way to differentiate between past and future. This is sequential time. Now is the time as the only time that exists is now. This is synchronous time.

Those experiencing time sequentially have a logical perspective, a narrow focus, start one task after another is finished, are conscientious, organized, punctual, view activities as finite, value time and are careful in how it’s spent and view the past, present and future as distinctly different. They tend to often glance at their watch to tell time, though time is telling them what’s next. They fish with a rod and reel.

Those whose experience of time is synchronous are flexible, multitask and move seamlessly between activities, focus on a project and not on the time it takes to complete it, are more concerned with quality than quantity, develop long-term working relationships, perceive the world as continuous and view the past, present and future as interwoven. They fish with a net.

Experiencing time synchronously opens up our imagination to more possibilities than otherwise. A sequential view of time frames our expectations within the context of our most recent experiences.  For example, in Germany in the 1930’s Jews with a sequential view of time had no reason to expect a holocaust. After all, in 1871 the German constitution was adopted, granting Jews civil and political rights like those enjoyed by all other Germans.  Those with a synchronous relationship to time knew of Jews burned in masses in barns in Germany during the Black Plague 600 years earlier. They could see a similar outcome with the rise of the Nazis and as such were better positioned to avoid

Time is time, whatever that is. We can artificially divide it and use it as a measuring tool or we can accept its ever-presence like a body of water where a school of fish swim.