Day 312 of the Calendar Year

The “time trap” is an expression we have all heard before, but what is a “time trap?” What exactly qualifies something for being a time trap? Is a time trap like a mouse trap where time runs in and can’t get out? Or is it only a figurative illusion for something that eats our time up? Is it simply a person, place or thing that captures our time and will not let it go?

It’s barely yours on loan
What you think you own
The place that you call home
The ideas in your bones (in your bones)
This would still feel dumb
Back where you’re from
Do you (do you) want to change your mind
Do you want to change your mind
Cause you could never know that
In a time trap
In a time trap (Lyrics by the Built to Spill Band)

Some things that come to mind as time traps for me are the following: working on a computer bug, a wedding, working in the yard, doing a word puzzle or cleaning up the house. Time traps are things that unexpectedly capture our time or use up more of our time than we had originally allocated. For some of us, time traps are a routine hazard of life. Just like sand traps on a golf course, we see them, but can’t avoid them. Once we fall into them, they are very difficult to get out of. Of course, this metaphor suggests that we want to avoid them and that may not be the case. Many of us like to find some type of activity to spend our time on and for us, it is not a time trap. It all becomes very relative. One person’s trap is another’s passion. What constitutes a time trap for one person might be a joyful use of time for another. What are those things in your life that you consider “time traps?” How do you avoid or get out of them? How often do you still fall into them?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 08:14:04

    John,
    A time trap for me is something you do that must be done that provides little reward. For me, I'm a news junkie. I spend an inordinate amount of time digesting the news. I sometimes am pleased by what I see but the majority of the time I can get quite upset. What makes this a “trap” is that even though I feel passionate about what I saw, I inevitably do nothing about it. It's this lack of action to a passive activity that makes me see this as a “time trap”.
    I look forward to the day when I do something after watching the news, whether it be to write to my congressman, join an organization, anything to put me more in the present.
    Greg

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