Have you ever noticed how quickly time goes by when you have a lot to do? All of a sudden, you look at the clock and the whole day is gone. How did that happen?

And yet when we have nothing to do, time creeps by (cue flashbacks to high school biology class).

Your watch (or, more realistically, your phone) isn’t playing a trick on you—as you learned way back when, each day does indeed have the same amount of minutes—but our brain is. Turns out, the way in which we experience time passing is all about how we perceive each moment.

And since we are in control of our brains (for the most part), that means we can try to shape these perceptions by doing things such as setting goals and constantly making an effort to learn new things.

So next time your workday seems like it’s going to fly by before you can even get halfway through your to-do list (especially with all those meetings to attend), try these strategies to slow down time.


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