The Leverage for Growth podcast explores Kairos time for peak performance versus rigid Chronos time. Learn how tapping into fluid, qualitative time boosts creativity and intuition. Reflect on shifting focus from being busy to working smarter.
Episode 130: Breaking the Time Barrier
You are now listening to Leverage for Growth. Hey everybody, this is Jesse P. Gilmore, founder of Niche and Control and creator of Leverage for Growth. Welcome to the Daily Leverage Edition. Today’s topic is this, breaking the time barrier. Kairos versus Kronos time for high performance. Sit back, relax, and welcome to today’s Daily Leverage. Now today, we’re going to explore an intriguing concept of time, Kairos versus Kronos, and how this notion can revolutionize the way that you work and perform. So entrepreneurs get ready to unlock the secrets of high performers. In ancient Greek, there are two words for time, chronos and kairos. Chronos refers to sequential or chronological time, the kind that ticks by on your clock or calendar. On the other hand, kairos refers to an opportune moment of action or a qualitative measurement of time and is associated with high performance, creativity, and intuition. The traditional work model is based around Kronos time. We are predominantly operating in Kronos time. It’s like that nine to five punch in, punch out mentality where productivity is often measured by the hours spent on tasks. While this model may work in certain situations, it can actually stifle creativity, cause burnout, and limit your peak performance. The high performers model is really this Kairos time. They understand these high performers, they understand that peak performance doesn’t align with the standard nine to five. They work intensively giving all to their task and then take substantial time for like rest and recovery, allowing for spontaneous aha moments that come with relaxation and downtime. So for entrepreneurs, tapping into Kairos time is critical. It allows space for innovation, problem-solving for strategic thinking. Instead of being dictated by a rigid schedule, it allows flexibility, enhancing not just productivity, but also well-being. And you need to make a shift from Kronos to Kairos. And it’s more than just a mindset change. It requires deliberate effort. It’s about setting boundaries, learning to listen to your body, and recognizing when you’re at your most creative or productive times. Chronos time can lead towards this mentality of busyness, where we equate being busy with being productive. But without balancing it with Kairos time, we risk burnout, decreased creativity, and reduced productivity. So as we conclude, let’s engage in activity. Reflect on your typical day. Are you operating more in this Kronos or Kairos time? And how can you start creating more space for Kairos time in your schedule? Remember, this isn’t about working more, it’s about working smarter. As we step into an era of knowledge and creativity, understanding and leveraging Kairos time has become crucial for high performance. So entrepreneurs, it is time to break free of the confines of Kronos and embrace the fluidity and diamondism of So where in your world, whether in your life or business, have you been stuck in this Kronos time? Is it in your life with your health and body? Is it in your life with your spirituality or self-direction? Is it in your relationships with your spouse, partner, or kids? Is it in your business, finances, or team? Once you’ve located where you’ve been stuck in Chronos time and you need to switch over to Kairos, my question to you is this. What are you willing and able to do about it today? That is the end of the daily leverage. This is Jesse B. Gilmore. You’ve been listening to Leverage for Growth podcast. If you’re enjoying these daily leverage and agency leverage episodes, make now.