Do you know that you store time in a certain way? And that way is how your mind codes the past, present and future.
Just like history has a timeline, you have a timeline too. This timeline is like your metaphor and is made up of a variety of submodalities of location, association, size and even sometimes colour. Your time actually marks out where and how you store your past, present and future. And, HOW you store your timeline actually may mean something about your personality!
So, lets figure out fist how you store time.
First, think about something you did earlier today, and notice the direction of the energy of your past. Point in that direction.
Next, think about something you will do later today or even tomorrow and notice the direction of the energy of your future. Point in that direction.
Now, think about now. And notice where is the energy of your now? Is it inside or outside of you?
Finally – put this all together… draw it, be aware of it, understand it so you can answer this question:
Does your timeline pass/run inside of you or is it all outside of you?
Regardless of if your past/future is in front of you, beside you, behind you, above you, below you or inside of you – the aspect of if your timeline runs inside of you or if it is all outside of you has meaning.
If your timeline run/passes inside of you this is known as IN-TIME. If your timeline is In-Time this may mean that you can be prone to being lost in time. You may often be late, procrastinate or lose track of time. You probably don’t take time personally, wear a watch or plan. You would most likely prefer to be spontaneous with time, make decisions in the moment and stay flexible with you time.
If your timeline is all outside of you this is known as THROUGH-TIME. If your timeline is Through-Time this may mean that you take time personally and are very good with timekeeping and time management. If a meeting starts at 9am, you can easily be there a few minutes early and expect others to do the same. You would rather be planned with your time, with projects and may not be very comfortable with unplanned spontaneity.
Interestingly, how you store time has meaning for many people. And, knowing this information is valuable for understanding yourself and others – and respecting your model and other people’s model of the world! If I am through-time and my colleague is in-time – it may be useful to keep in mind that my colleague might be more likely to start their projects near to the last minute – and sleight prompting could be useful. However, the through-time person may rebel against prompting because they already have their own time frame to work by.
We invite you to ask others about how they store their time so you can understand more about them. This is a great time to remember the NLP Presupposition – the more you know, the better you can do.