What Would You Do with #MoreTime? A Question for the Ages

“What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” —St. Augustine

If time is difficult to define, we sure know how it feels when it’s scarce. In the age of an always-connected, global society, our time is a treasured commodity. In 2015, according to Gallup, U.S. adults employed full-time reported working 47 hours per week — up an hour and a half from a decade ago.

And that’s just work. With the demands of personal life, family, your own interests and the omnipresent smartphone notification, it seems like we’re busy just being busy. No wonder you commonly hear the refrain, “If only I had more time…”

If all that’s not enough, March 12, 2017, complicates the lack of time even further. It’s daylight saving time — the day we “spring forward” in America, eviscerating a precious hour.

Browse the gallery to see what some people on Twitter said that they’d do with more time:

Expressing our limited time

Time has been on my mind since becoming a father. The adage “long nights, short years” has rung true. My daughter is almost three, and my eight-month-old son is now a babbling, sitting, soon-to-be toddler.

Seeing time pass so quickly, I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation and realized that every 2.2 months I spend with my children is one percent of their lives in my house — even though he’s an infant, 1/25th of my given time with the little boy is gone. Tempus fugit, indeed.

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But philosophers, professionals and parents aren’t the only ones struggling with time. Artists have grappled with the finite amount of time through memento mori pieces, physicists at CERN are concerned with answering the questions about the origins of the universe and musicians have been singing about how time is on our side, in an attempt to be forever young or at the end of a career, reflecting how they did it “my way.”

What would you do with more time?

All this got me thinking: what would you do if you had more time? Would you do something serious like spend time with loved ones, not miss your daughter’s piano recital or visit a sick relative? Or would you travel to Arches National Park, go on the Kentucky Bourbon trail or learn how to start an Ecommerce store?

We posed that question to some people on the street and mined Twitter to see what folks would do with more time. I was fascinated by the answers we received and how varied they were. In spending just a brief amount of time with each person, I was able to quickly learn more about them and make a connection. Check out this video to see what I’m talking about:

Rackspace Gives You More Time

One of the greatest things about working at Rackspace is that I’m in the business of giving people time back. While a lot of people see what Rackspace does in terms of ones and zeros, racking dedicated servers or supporting those in the AWS, Azure and (coming soon) Google Cloud, I view what we do through our Fanatical Support as an opportunity to give time back to our customers’ daily lives.

No longer do you have to worry about supporting an Exchange server or patching the latest discovered vulnerability. There’s no anxiety on determining the best backup plan or trying to understand the latest tools that AWS has released. With our managed support across multiple clouds, we have that all taken care of for you. This frees up your time to focus on innovating for your business or spending more time with the people you care about.

So, we ask you, what would you do with more time? Send out a tweet to @Rackspace with the hashtag #moretime—we’re excited to hear your answer. And if you need help freeing up some time in the day, be sure to reach out.

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Garrett Heath works on the Rackspace Social Marketing team. His previous experience includes work as a technical project manager in the cloud and as a content marketer. He enjoys writing about how the cloud is spurring innovation for startups, small businesses and enterprises. You can also read his work at CMO Digital Forum. In his free time, Garrett writes about food and local San Antonio culture at SA Flavor.

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