TIME and the opportunity cost of Figure Drawing #30minute #pose

Time – it’s a funny concept.

Most people accept time – days, hours, minutes, and seconds – as they are.

But let us not forget that time is a man-made concept. It’s a way we organise your day-to-day lives as well communicate with each other. Just as words turn into meaning when spoken between people who share a common language, most people can understand the abstract concept of: 11:30 AM.

My latest fascination around time has been comparing activities in my life that take the same amount of time, but vary in terms of function, goals, achievement, consciousness, and physical energy. For instance, I can fill 30 minutes with quite a few distinct activities:

  • A half-hour meeting at work
  • A 3 mile run
  • A long life drawing pose

Each of those is designed to take exactly half an hour, 30 minutes, or 1,800 seconds (and is timed in most instances). There are plenty of other activities that could take roughly 30-minutes, but not necessarily scheduled in:

  • Cooking pancakes
  • Reading a newspaper
  • Walking around Urban Outfitters

The interesting thing about time is that it can be imposed as a metric for compartmentalizing life tasks, thereby making outcomes comparable. If two tasks took 30 minutes, then there can be an opportunity cost analysis (bit of economics terminology for you!) Opportunity cost by definition is: The cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action.

Essentially, the benefits you could have received in the same amount of time investment. So to draw on my 30-minute example above, the opportunity cost of doing a half-hour figure drawing is burning 320 calories by running. There’s also a very similar quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

How did I even get started on this tangent about time opportunities?

It all started during Figure Drawing class yesterday – when I was contemplating the shift from 5-minute gestures and longer half-hour poses. Each restrictive time frame sets different goals and expectations for the resulting sketch, and that’s precisely what makes some of these drawing so beautiful. I’ve always admired drawings under 10 minutes because of the RAW ENERGY that can be captured from a couple lines. In case you haven’t noticed from my previous posts, I absolutely love figure drawing:
Figure Gestures

The opportunity cost might be losing 3 hours of GMAT studying or burning 900 calories at the gym, but to me…. It’s time well spent.

Being in your 20s.

Being in your 20s.

Yes, there’s a lot of articles on Thought Catalogue about being 20. Most of those articles are lists including titles such as “23 things to do before you get married at 23.” Truth is, everyone is panicking. Everyone is unsure. But everyone will look back at this time as some of the best years of their life, so…

Calm Down and Enjoy. You’re a work in progress. A college degree is not a completion certificate.

Are you a Diagonal Thinker?

The Diagonal Thinking Self-assessment is an online tool, designed to aid recruitment into the advertising and communication industries. It tests the hypothesis that the most successful individuals working in the business are both Linear and Lateral Thinkers – they think ‘diagonally’. The test is associated with the IPA – Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (primarily in the UK). You can try out the test as well at: http://www.diagonalthinking.co.uk. It takes under 2-hours and hopefully won’t rattle your head too  much. I took it today and was diagnosed as a Diagonal Thinker… GASP! I am now on my way to more graduate schemes and positions in the marketing and advertising field. The adventure in applying continues… To infinite and beyond! If you’re a potential employer…. click to see the results from my Diagonal Thinking Test. (You can also click on the link if your name is Sally and you’re curious.)

Reflection.

Reflection

I’ve grown to love long car/bus/train rides because I can stare out the window and think. reflect. dream. decide. understand. and relax to music.

Photo courtesy of National Geographic Photo of the Day

P.S. There’s an application that allows your computer desktop to change daily to the National Geographic Photo of the Day. That way you can travel the world in over 10 megapixels from the comfort of your computer.