This could be 70 hours before liftoff or 60 hours before. Although things are happening nothing apparently changes.
They are focusing on the hours.
There are, in fact many things being done behind the scenes. There are a series of planned “holds” in the countdown. They are built-in pauses that allow the people behind the scenes to evaluate conditions and make necessary changes. There are six holds, which take place on hour increments. They are when the countdown clock reads 43 hours, 27 hours, 19 hours, 11 hours, six hours, and three hours.
At this point there is a more urgency than there was just a few days ago. They were focusing on what had to be done each day. Now they are working with the shorter time period of an hour. More gets done.
Now they start focusing on minutes.
Two more holds are scheduled 20 minutes and nine minutes. At these predetermined holds and in between many people are involved doing all kinds checks and procedures. Urgency picks up. No time for breaks. No time for outside phone calls or other interruptions.
Now they start focusing on seconds.
Once the countdown gets down under a minute, all focus is on the task. At certain predetermined seconds certain things have to happen.
Here’s the key. Is the time interval any different a day earlier?
Obviously not. But how much more is accomplished towards the end of the countdown in a one-minute interval compared to the day before? That is because they are forced to concentrate on a shorter period of time.
And finally, you have…
How can this help us find more time?
How long is a week? Most people would say 7 days. Why not start thinking of a week as 168 hours? (7×24) What difference would it make you may ask? I found I seemed to gain about 25% – 30% more time in a week.
Here is how. Someone asks the question, “Do you have time on Wednesday?” The answer is no I have to work. This begs the question, how long do you have to work? In a 24 hour day, let’s say you have 8 hours for sleep, are you working 16 hours?
Typically the answer is no only 8-12 of those 16. That still leaves you 4 to 8 hours free. Granted there are other incidentals have to be taken care of but that is a lot of time.
Let’s say it is 6 hours unaccounted for times 7 days. That is a full-time job worth of extra hours to build your business or do some volunteer work or something else that makes a positive difference in your life or someone else’s.
To maximize those extra hours, plan and schedule what you will do with that time. Just a word of caution from my own experience, schedule in recreation and down time so you don’t burn out. I like to accomplish as much as possible and still enjoy life.
So enjoy life and accomplish great things.
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