Einstein once said, "time, no matter how persistent, is only an illusion." (he also once said "which way to the restroom?" but I digress)
I'm lying in bed with the laptop and... it seems like I just climbed OUT of this bed. Yet, it was 16 hours ago. I work from home, so I don't have a commute or a fixed workday. But recently, and for about 5 months, I took an outside job for 4 hours a day every afternoon. During that period, time really slowed down. My daily routine went as such:
Get up at about 7, do the bathroom stuff, throw on shorts/t-shirt, have breakfast and coffee, head into the recording studio, work until around 12:30, shower, dress AGAIN, drive through a fast-food place for lunch (which was eaten on the commute) get downtown at 1:55 for a 2 o'clock show. At 6, drive home.
It was actually TWO workdays in one. Get up, prepare for work, GO to work, finish... then prepare for work, GO to work, finish, drive home. I don't need to point out the negatives of that scenario, but the positive is that each day seemed like two. And considering how time flies as you get older, that was a good thing!
Now that I've come to my senses and ended my binary career configuration, time is FLYING by again. Part of the reason - I love my job. I'm a voice over artist and it's a blast... and as they say, time flies when you're having fun.
So how can I solve the problem and decelerate my day? My only recourse, as I see it, is to take regular breaks to do something I hate.
A short list of possibilities:
- Watch shopping channel for 1 hour
- Rake leaves and put them in my pants
- Scratch chalkboard with fingernails
- Mall shopping with Ernest Borgnine
- Pick up dog poop from yard with hands tied behind my back
- Assault my own skull with a blunt instrument until I lose consciousness, wake up, repeat
Maybe I could spend time watching water come to a boil or counting marbles in a jar. I do have a frustratingly large box of christmas lights to untangle, THAT should slow the day down a bit. Hmmm.
Okay, maybe I need to stop thinking about it and just accept life's brutally fast tempo. It was, after all, Einstein who said:
"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."