How does perception affect your reality of time?

Perceived time is what time feels like for us on a personal level.  It has nothing to do with what the clock says.  My “Perceived Flow of Time” changes depending on what I am going to do and when I do it.  It is a mental state regarding the flow of time in our individual lives.  Perceived time can be slow or fast depending on our circumstances and what we are doing.  For example, I seem to need at least eight hours of sleep during the workweek, however on the weekends, I am up about two hours earlier than during the workweek and I am anxious and ready to go.  I don’t need as much time to sleep and I feel full of energy on less sleep. This is a mental message being sent by my brain to my body.  I perceive my world of time differently on the weekends than I do during the week. This perception enables me to do more with less.  I know that it is due to my expectations but it is interesting to see the extra energy I have when the time is all mine and I do not have one commitment and appointment after another.  Weekends can fly by while weeks pass much more slowly.
My flow of time during the week is also very different from event to event.  Time seems to drag by during some tasks and fly by during others. When I had to go out and run during a cold Minnesota winter, the minutes and miles seemed to take much more effort and time then during the late spring and early fall.  When I am starting a new project and unsure about what to do, the time seems to flow by very slowly. Conversely, when I am really having fun with a task or really enjoying myself, time seems to pass in a flicker of thought.  Now that I am in Arizona for the winter, it would seem like it would be easier to go out for a run.  However, the differences down here in where and when I can run have combined to change my running schedule and somehow it still does not seem any easier to get out for my daily run.  I wonder if my age has anything to do with it, but I think it is more my attitude.  After over 37 years of being on a running schedule, I am getting a little lazy.  Lazy is of course a mental attitude.  I suspect it is what happens to many of us when after many years of discipline we just “chuck” it in. 
Have you ever noticed how your perception of time changes depending on what you are doing and whom you are doing it with?  Watch your time today.  Don’t judge it or criticize it but just observe it. How does your flow of time seem to change for you?  How is it different for you during the workweek and during the weekend?  Does it change much?  What do you think changes the flow of time for you?  Are you satisfied with how time flows in your life?  What would you like to change about it?  What would you like to remain the same?  Change your thoughts about time and you change the flow of time.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bgalbreath
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 12:37:28

    Einstein, supposedly trying to explain relativity to someone, said, “An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a minute sitting on a hot stove seems like an hour.”



  2. Sherry
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 01:18:21

    I started thinking about how time seemed to fly the older I got and then I thought about math and fractions… When I was five a year was 1/5 of my life. When I became ten time went faster… a year was 1/10 of my life. Now that I am 53 one year is 1/53 of my life, a very small fraction. No wonder each year now seem like it goes by so quickly.

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  3. John Persico
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 23:50:39

    Interesting Sherry, I wonder if there is any kind of an mathematical formula to show us how time flies in or lives relative to our age. I know mine just keeps going too fast.

    Thanks for your comments




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