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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Abby works in health education and prevention at a university in Washington, DC. When she’s not trying to make the world a healthier place, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the city's best grilled cheese, or zipping through the city on her bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author