TSS (Jan. 23): Time & IMM (12)

The Sunday Salon (Jan. 23)

The Sunday Salon.com I’m feeling a bit sick today, so I’ve spent most of it in my bed reading. To use my bedside lamp I have to switch my clock’s plug out for the lamp’s plug, which means I don’t know the time unless I can motivate myself enough to get out of bed and check the computer’s clock. I’m not a big self-motivator when I’m ill, so for most of the day I had no idea what time it was.

Surprisingly, I liked it! Not knowing the exact time means I wasn’t thinking “oh, it’s taking me so long to read this book,” or “it’s been three hours since I last checked my email,” or “I’ve wasted forty-five minutes painting my nails.” Normally I’m quite obsessed with time, you see– I think it’s a by-product of having been in school so much, where I needed to know exact times and dates so I didn’t miss a class or something. It’s gotten so bad that even when I’m on vacation (or just unemployed, as I am now) I’m constantly checking the time, asking what time it is, and calculating how much time I have left in a day before I need to go to bed so I’ll sleep enough hours before waking myself back up at a certain time so I don’t “waste” the whole day sleeping. And so on.

I didn’t realize it before, but doing that’s exhausting. Simply unplugging the clock has made me SO much more relaxed than I normally am over the course of a day. Today I’ve just been doing whatever I want, without worrying about the hours ticking by, and it’s been great.

Eventually, whenever I get a job, I’m going to have to plug the clock back in and worry about time again. But for now I think I’m going to leave it unplugged for a bit. It’s made my reading so much more enjoyable, because I’m not worrying about how many pages I have to read within a certain amount of hours in order to finish a book “on time.” I’m no longer worrying about how long it’s taking me to finish a book. I’m just enjoying the book!

I’m hoping that I can take this feeling with me whenever I go back into “clock world,” and that I can keep myself from worrying overmuch about how fast or not I’m reading a certain book, or how many books I’m reading a week/month/year/whatever. Because, really, that’s a pretty silly thing to worry about.

Do you worry about how you use your time? Do you worry about how fast you read books? How do you keep from going overboard with time management?

Books read this week:

  • Brain Jack – Brian Falker [rating: TBD] e
  • Scrapped Princess: A tale of Destiny – Ichiro Sakaki [rating: TBD]

Books reviewed this week:

Currently reading:
Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt. I’m a little more than halfway through now, and it’s AMAZING. I could barely tear myself away from it to write this post!

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (who was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie‘s This Week in Books). Basically you just post about new books that came into your house over the past week, whether in the mail or by getting them at the library or by buying them in a store. Capiche?

No books in the mail this week, although I did download a lot (like, 50+) public domain books from Project Gutenberg this week. Mostly I grabbed them from the detective fiction shelf, which has a lot of interesting authors I’ve never heard of before. I’m most excited about the Raffles books, though, because I’ve been meaning to read them for a while now.

9 thoughts on “TSS (Jan. 23): Time & IMM (12)”

    1. It was going so well the first few days without the clock. But now I’m worried about time in relation to days. “I’ve only THIS MANY days left until I have to have all this stuff ready!” etc. And unfortunately I can’t unplug the sun whenever I want to chill out and not worry about time. Bah.

  1. I love the idea of unplugging the clock and just enjoying the day. We don’t have a clock in our living room/dining room/kitchen, which people have mentioned is weird. But I find I’m always close enough to my computer/ipod/microwave to know what time it is at all times 😉

    I hope you’re feeling better!

    1. We don’t have clocks in our living room/dining room/kitchen either, besides the microwave/DVD player/etc. In fact, we don’t have any hanging-on-the-wall clocks, just alarm clocks in our bedrooms. Is that weird? I never thought about people have Proper Wall Clocks outside of businesses before.

  2. Unplugging the clock stresses me out. I’ve managed to train myself out of checking the clock when I wake up in the middle of the night (that way insomnia lies), but I check the time constantly during the day. Also because I am on the computer most of the day (at work), so there’s a clock right where my eyes are at anyway.

    1. It was the constant time-checking that was driving me insane! It was like I was obsessed with knowing exactly what the time was, even if I had JUST looked at the clock two second earlier. When I’m at the computer I check it more, but I’m hoping to train myself out of that habit a little bit, too. It just makes me anxious, really, and there’s no reason for it.

      If you’re working/at school it’s a different thing altogether, though. 🙂

  3. I like the idea of a clock-less day, and I should try that on a Saturday sometime. I definitely can get time-obsessed, but mostly it relates to my longing for the work day to be over.

    I have fun seeing how much of a book I can read during my lunch break. It’s usually the same amount of pages each day for a particular book, depending on font, density of the work, etc.

    Jackaroo is great! I read it when I was a teenager and have re-read it a couple of times since.

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